Top Tips For A Dog-Friendly Isle of Wight Holiday
When booking a holiday, many will choose to stay in the UK so that it is easier for them to bring their four-legged friends with them. There is no denying that dogs really are part of the family and you can guarantee that they will enjoy exploring somewhere new just as much as everyone else, so it is only fair that they get to come away with you. Thankfully, there are lots of brilliant dog-friendly holiday destinations in the UK and the Isle of Wight is definitely one of them.
The Island is the perfect place for both countryside and seafront walks and lots of eating establishments, tourist attractions and accommodation options welcome dogs with open arms. Not to mention, some of the ferry providers even offer free travel to your four-legged friends too, so there is no better place to go for a dog-friendly holiday. If this is your first time visiting the Isle of Wight and you’re wondering how to go about organising a short break that is completely dog-friendly, below we have put together some useful tips.
Always check which beaches are dog-friendly
Generally speaking, dogs are welcome on most of the beaches here on the island throughout the year, however, it is important to check what the rules are at each beach before visiting. Some popular beaches in more touristy areas only allow dogs during the off-peak season and some only allow dogs on particular parts of the beach. Often, there will be signs up at the beach to inform you of the rules and you can also check on the Isle of Wight Council website too.
Get in touch with accommodation owners
Many are surprised by the number of dog-friendly accommodation options there are for Isle of Wight holidays and it isn’t only holiday homes and holiday cottages that you can book, there are even a few hotels as well. However, some places only have a certain number of dog-friendly rooms or lodges, for example, so when you’re booking accommodation it is best to contact the owners to confirm that it is okay to bring your dog. You may also find that some places will make an exception for you to bring your dog even if they don’t normally allow it.
Check the websites of tourist attractions
There are actually quite a few tourist attractions here on the Isle of Wight that allow you to bring your dogs in with you as long as they’re well-behaved and they’re kept on a lead, especially if the attraction is mostly outdoors. More often than not, it will be displayed somewhere on the attraction’s website whether dogs are allowed and it’s a good idea to check their FAQs page. You can always give them a call before buying tickets if you’re ever unsure on their rules.
Ask for water bowls at pubs and restaurants
A huge number of eateries on the Island are dog-friendly and the vast majority of the time, if there is an outdoor area then dogs are welcome to lay under your table whilst you eat, you may even find that some places allow dogs inside too. When stopping somewhere for lunch or dinner, make sure you ask for a water bowl if there isn’t one out, dog-friendly places will gladly get you one and some places may even have treats for dogs behind the bar too.
Don’t forget about your dog at ice cream parlours
Ice cream is a key part of any holiday and it is highly likely that if you visit the Isle of Wight during the summer months then you will stop for an ice cream or two whilst exploring the local area. When doing so, don’t forget to ask about ‘doggie ice cream’ as lots of the local ice cream parlours, especially in the bigger seaside towns that are popular with tourists, have little pots that are specially designed for your four-legged friends. So, they can have a holiday treat too.
Organising a dog-friendly Isle of Wight holiday
It is fair to say that not only is the Isle of Wight family-friendly but it is dog-friendly too and next time you’re trying to find a holiday destination that is suitable for absolutely everyone, even your four-legged friends, there really is no better place to go. Hopefully, the tips above will be beneficial if you’re starting to plan your first ever Isle of Wight holiday and you can ensure that you’re making the most of your trip.
To find out more about visiting the island and the many different things there are to see and do here, be sure to check out the rest of our website. We can provide you with lots of information about the Isle of Wight and you can rely on us to help you ensure that you don’t miss out on anything amazing that the island has to offer during your stay. We hope you have an unforgettable holiday with your family and your four-legged friends.