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Top 5 child and dog friendly days out in Yorkshire

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

If you are looking for things to do in Yorkshire then look no further. i have compiled a list of the top 5 Child and dog friendly things to do, including parks and playgrounds and even an indoor activity for when it’s raining:

Always a #NationalTrust firm favourite. With acres of woodlands, parkland and trails to explore, what’s not to love!? The paths are buggy friendly, ducks are plentiful and the family friendly trails make it ideal for younger legs. An adventure playground adds to the excitement (although dogs not allowed in). They have recently opened a ‘Dog cafe’ too, so ideal if the weather turns and you all need to venture inside to warm up. They often host ‘fun dog shows’ which are very family friendly.


When the sun shines, its often difficult to find a dog friendly beach. Restrictions during summer months often leave it difficult. Fraisthorpe Beach at #Bridlington allows dogs all year around, so ideal for peak and off peak days out. Coupled this with a pit stop at The Cow Shed, then everyone is happy.

If that’s not enough, take the Bridlington land train to Sewerby Hall & Gardens for more adventures. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and gardens. There are woodland walks and a section of the café is dog friendly. And then walk back along the promenade to tire little legs out.


A market town in the peak district that is super dog friendly, this is our go-to place! The majority of shops welcome dogs and there is a decent sized playground and recently built splash zone for a spot of fun. No dogs allowed inside the playground, but plenty of railings nearby to tie them up so never out of sight. The Wheatsheaf pub and The Castle Inn are dog friendly pubs with kids menus. Or have fish and chips by the river, but keep an eye on those pesky ducks! Bakewell often hosts dog friendly events and is home to the Monsal trail, ideal for walking and tiring everyone out.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Being Sheffield born and bred, the Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places. Seek sanctuary in the midst of a busy city and follow the sweeping lawns and paths to find the hidden bear pit. Enter if you dare! Ideal for a Sunday morning stroll, feed the squirrels and muse at the history of the park itself. Pitch up a blanket for a picnic, have a coffee at the Curators tearooms or have a very tasty lunch nearby at Amaro Lounge on Ecclesall Road. Tasty food, dog friendly and a handy kids corner filled with games and activities. If a playground is needed, Endcliffe Park is not too far away.

Not sure if its just me getting older, but I am quite fond of a garden centre. Ideal for those rainy days. Dobbies have come up trumps and super dog friendly. Feed and browse the fish tanks (kids love fish!), have a bite to eat in the cafe and enjoy the outdoor play area before getting dragged to the toy dept! All with your fur baby by your side.

Note – some of the places mentioned above may be closed or have certain restrictions due to Covid 19. Check before travelling.

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