THE HOLIDAY YOUR DOG WOULD CHOOSE
The Isle of Wight is truly one of the most dog-friendly places to visit. It’s the kind of holiday your four-legged friend would choose!
Dogs love walks (of course) and we have a huge range of public footpaths to explore around our coastline, beaches and acres of downland and woodland to discover.
You’re welcome to bring your dog on most of our beaches all year round and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs, holiday cottages and places to stay that will happily host your hound.
Ferries on four legs
Getting the ferry to the Isle of Wight with your dog could not be easier as dogs travel completely FREE on all of our routes and you don’t need to book them in advance. The car ferries have designated Pet Areas although your four-legged friend won’t be allowed on the seats. Pets are your responsibility and should be well-behaved and dogs should be on a lead. You could be charged if your dog makes a mess so we recommend exercising them at the terminal before they go on-board.
Once you arrive on the Island getting about is easy and well behaved dogs are welcomed on all of our bus and train services.
Dog friendly beaches
Many of our stunning beaches are dog friendly all year round, including:
- Alum Bay – dogs on leads
- Bembridge – pebble and sand beach with with rock pools to explore at low tide.
- Brook – sandy golden beach
- Colwell Bay (to right of slipway) – hidden away this Quality Coast Award winning beach offers stunning views
- Fort Victoria – amazing views
- Ryde Beach – left of the pier
- Seagrove Bay – sandy stretch of beach between Seaview and St Helen’s beaches.
- Whitecliff Bay – a popular sandy bay, near to a holiday park
- Yaverland – one of the Island’s most beautiful beaches at Sandown
Dogs aren’t allowed on the main resort beaches during the summer season between 1 May and 31 October. Restrictions affect parts of Cowes, East Cowes, Gurnard, Ryde and Seaview, Ventnor, Sandown, Shanklin, Colwell, Totland and Freshwater. Not all parts of the beach are affected and you’ll still be able to walk along the promenade or coastal paths.
Dog Friendly Things to Do
There are over 500 miles of footpaths on the Isle of Wight. Rain or shine, you’ll have a great time with your faithful friend. Our pubs are almost certain to be dog friendly too and many of them will even offer your furry friend a tasty treat whilst you enjoy a refreshing pint to break up your stroll.
We know that your dog is part of the family and many of our attractions are also dog-friendly. Outdoor attractions generally welcome dogs on leads, including most of our family attractions.