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Dog Friendly Cities for a Weekend Break

Dogs are part of the family, so finding somewhere for them to stay while you enjoy a trip away can be difficult. Don’t let worrying about your little companion cause worry – some excellent hotels in the UK will welcome your pet so you can take them along! 

Here are three of our favourite dog-friendly cities for a family weekend break which are sure to set tails wagging. Plus, the perfect pet-friendly hotels to stay in nearby.

1. Brighton
First up on our list is Brighton, East Sussex. A stunning seaside city with a beautiful pier, beachfront and plenty of great spots for walks, Brighton is a fantastic location for a family weekend break and ideal for bringing the dog along. 

Dogs are permitted on any of Brighton’s beautiful beaches from the start of October to the end of April, and on selected beaches for the rest of the year. So, you can enjoy days out splashing amongst the waves, playing on the sand or strolling the famous promenade with the whole family. 

Alongside its unrivalled beaches, Brighton is also home to several gorgeous green spaces for you to explore during your trip. Head to 63-acre Preston Park in the heart of the city, or to the vast Stanmer Park.

Looking for pet-friendly hotels in Brighton? With its stunning seafront view and a prime location just a stone’s throw from the beach, our Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is the perfect place for you and your pooch to settle down after a long day’s exploring.
2. Edinburgh
Next on our list is Scotland’s scenic capital, Edinburgh. The historic city has numerous walks which are ideal for dog-walking in and around its centre. Perhaps the most iconic way to walk is between Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. With 630 acres of hills, vast parklands to explore, and even a summit to climb, you can let your dog off their lead to explore. 

Another favourite dog-walking spot right in the heart of the city is the beautiful Inverleith Park, which boasts tree-lined avenues, vast of parkland, and stunning views of Edinburgh's skyline. 

A short journey out of the city centre will take you to the shore – Edinburgh is home to some truly stunning beaches. The sandy suburb of Portobello Beach is just three miles outside central Edinburgh, a fantastic spot for dog walking. 

With all this on its doorstep and dog-friendly hotels like our Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket Hotel right in the centre, Edinburgh is one of the best locations for a full family break in the UK.
3. Liverpool
Finally – the northwest port city of Liverpool. As well as being a bustling and trendy spot, renowned for its music, history, and shopping, Liverpool is also home to several stunning parks. 

One of the city’s most loved parks is the Grade I listed, Green Heritage Award-winning Sefton Park, which offers over 200 picturesque acres. Another beautiful option is the Grade II listed Newsham Park, which boasts 121 acres of parkland and two beautiful lakes. 

If you’re looking for a scenic riverside walk, Liverpool has plenty. Otterspool Park offers fantastic views of the River Mersey along its promenade, as well as wooded parklands just waiting to be explored. 

With so many beautiful walks on offer, Liverpool is an ideal dog-friendly city for a family weekend break. The city is also home to one of our pet-friendly hotels, the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel, so once you’re all tired out, you can wind down in comfort and take in skyline views of the city.

From vast parklands and riversides to beaches and promenades, each of these stunning cities offers a host of beautiful walks both you and your dog can enjoy. Whether you choose one of these cities or somewhere else, our dog-friendly hotels across the UK mean you can always find the perfect accommodation for your stay. 
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