Nearly one in four of us own a dog and many choose to take their four-legged pals on holiday with them. If you and your canine companion are coming to Cornwall for yours we have good news: it’s a seriously dog friendly county! You and Rover will be well looked after wherever you choose to roam – but here are three of our favourite dog friendly Cornish towns worth a sniff.
If you and your pup are beach bums, we can think of no better place than Newquay. This chilled out surfer haven is home to an insane amount of beaches for just one town and the good news is most of them remain dog friendly year-round. Head to the iconic Fistral Beach and watch pro surfers carve the waves before enjoying pizza at The Stable or some fish and chips at Rick Stein Fistral, both overlooking the beach and dog friendly. Back in town grab a drink and catch some live music at the dog friendly bar, Whiskers, or tuck into some excellent sushi at the dog friendly Asian fusion restaurant Safu.
If your dog gets hungry too, head to The Wet Dog Pizza where they can choose from their own dedicated dog menu which boasts pizza and dog friendly beverages!
Got a refined pooch with a flair for the arts? Head to Penzance.
The Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange offer a wide exhibition programme across the two sites. And the best bit? They are both dog friendly!
Craving more culture? Head to the nearby dog friendly Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens where you’ll find exotic and sub-tropical plants, dramatic vistas and an evolving programme of contemporary art installations.
If all that leaves you feeling rather serious, why not run off some steam at a nearby beach? The promenade beach operates a seasonal dog ban but fear not – there are plenty of other nearby options. At low tide you’ll find a slither of beach known as Battery Rocks – it might be small but that means it’s often overlooked so it’s the perfect place for a quiet paddle. For a proper run around head to Wherrytown Beach – a shingle beauty that’s dog friendly year-round.
If all that exploring leaves you with a serious appetite head to The Turks Head, a dog friendly pub steeped in history with a global menu centred on steak and seafood. For an excellent cream tea head to The Front Room – a quirky cafe and dog friendly bar serving wholesome food and drinks.
If you and your canine companion are history buffs with a penchant for a countryside frolic, you should go to Bodmin. One of the oldest towns in Cornwall, it was the origin of the Cornish Rebellion in 1497. Today you can spy its historic past in the stately granite buildings, 15th Century church and Bodmin Jail (of Poldark fame). The latter is a dog friendly attraction and well-behaved dogs are allowed through the exhibition, gift shop and tearoom (just not in the restaurant).
The two of you can also get your history on and ride on a steam train at The Bodmin and Wenford Railway (a dog ticket is just £1).
Interested in military history? Pay a visit to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum which details the regiment’s history from 1702 to WWII. So dog friendly is the museum, it’s even home to three office dogs!
If you need to stretch your legs take a wander up to Bodmin Beacon and enjoy the view from the top. Why not wander along The Camel Trail? Snail’s Pace cafe is a great dog friendly eatery for a break – try the epic hot chocolate.
While you’re in the area be sure to explore the rugged granite moorland of Bodmin Moor and check out Jamaica Inn (of Daphne du Maurier fame). For even more dog friendly pubs head back into town where you’ll find a great selection.