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Top 10 Dog Friendly Things to Do on The Suffolk Coast

We’re a nation of animal lovers and top of the list has to be our best friend – the family dog…

Where would we be without these faithful companions who stick by us whatever? 

So life is good for you and your dog if you can share some great days out together. And we’ve got that covered for you right here on The Suffolk Coast.

1. History

Framlingham Castle - perfect for families

Landguard Fort in Felixstowe has played a key part in the defense of our shores and dates back over 400 years. You can explore the history and architecture of the fort in the company of your 4-legged companion as dogs (on leads) are welcome and a water bowl is available for their refreshment.

Just up the coast near Woodbridge is National Trust Sutton Hoo where you can discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings. Dogs are allowed to walk around the estate, with two different walks on offer but aren't allowed inside the museum.

Slightly inland and you will find Framlingham Castle. Steeped in nearly 1000 years of history, there’s loads to explore and dogs on leads are allowed in the grounds.

2. Beaches

Top 10 Dog Friendly Things to Do - Retriever in the Sea - Credit Emily Fae


Dogs are allowed on most of The Suffolk Coast’s beaches, however on many of our most popular stretches, there are restrictions over the summer months so best to look out for signs that give exact dates for a particular beach.

Whilst some stretches don't allow dogs during the summer months, many including Lowestoft, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe have parts to the north and south of the main beaches which do all year round.

One beach that does allow dogs year-round is Dunwich; a haven for canines and owners, you will both love exploring the sand and heathland, and after a long walk, you can enjoy a cold beverage in The Ship Inn whilst your pooch tucks into a dog biscuit.

If seclusion is what you desire, head to Covehithe. Only accessible on foot, you can walk your dog along the quiet lane heading to the sea (best keep the dog on a lead here due to the nearby pig fields!) before letting them loose on the open beach for a game of fetch and a swim in the sea.

For more information on beaches on The Suffolk Coast, check out our Beaches Guide

3. Cafés

South Kiosk Martello Park - Felixstowe - The Suffolk Coast


Feeling peckish? These dog friendly cafés on The Suffolk Coast are the ideal place to recharge your batteries and enjoy a selection of local produce during a jam-packed day of exploring with your dog.

The Firestation Café in Woodbridge welcomes both humans and dogs and invites you to enjoy the coffee (which is roasted on site!) along with a selection of cakes, pastries, lunches and snacks. Come the evening, the cafe transforms into a trendy bar with DJs and live entertainment so your pooch can enjoy The Suffolk Coast nightlife too!

No trip to The Suffolk Coast would be complete without a visit to Southwold's famous Pier! And after an early morning stroll along the prom, stop by the Beach Café and Clockhouse for breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch, dinner and ice cream!

4. Pubs

Top 10 Dog Friendly Things to Do - Dog at The Ship at Dunwich - Credit Emily Fae

If you fancy a swift half while taking your best friend for a walk, head over to The Ramsholt Arms, near Ipswich. The riverside pub and restaurant is dog-friendly with some great dog walks nearby too! After you've walked up an appetite, you can choose from the extensive menu whilst your dog enjoys the treats and water bowls available.

Upon arrival at The Ship at Dunwich, your fluffy friend can chomp away on treat whilst you sample the fish and chips, or enjoy panoramic views of the River Orwell as you sit in the gardens of The Ship Inn, Levington where everyone is welcome, dogs and children included.

If the weather is less than desirable, dogs are welcome to join you in the bar of The Ufford Crown, near Woodbridge - where water bowls and treats are on offer!

5. Family Attractions

Rendlesham-Forest-Fun-with-dogs-by-Emily-Fae

The East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft, has a great collection of trams and buses that both children and dogs will love having a ride on! After a trip down memory lane (literally!) you can explore the exhibition halls, period street scenes, 'Tar, Sweat and Steam building' before stopping by the cafeteria serving hot and cold snacks and souvenir shop.

At The Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley, near Woodbridge, you can discover how these magnificent horses shaped our local landscape before setting off on one of the three walks around the farm, where dogs on leads are welcome. 

Your dog will feel right at home at Easton Farm Park; with pony rides (for children, not dogs!), train rides and cuddle experiences with baby animals, dogs on leads are welcome.

6. Water

Top 10 Dog Friendly Things to Do - Dog in Boat at Thorpeness


Fancy getting out on the water?

Waveney River Tours at Oulton Broad can help you get afloat with your best friend; step on board the 100 seater passenger boats and enjoy a trip along the River Waveney or River Alde taking in the beautiful waterside scenery and looking out for some of the region's rare wildlife.

And for something special, private charters of the Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant mean you get a happy salty sea dog! Enjoy a delicious meal made from locally sourced produce, with up to 18 guests, it's up to you whether those guests are of the human or canine variety!

7. Walks

Things to do Dog friendly - Black Collie dog  on Aldeburgh Beach

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to walks that you are your dog will love!

Explore some of Suffolk's magnificent medieval churches with Angels & Pinnacles; offering a range of walks which taking in the areas in and around the River Deben, Framlingham and Southwold:


Our Guide to Walking on The Suffolk Coast features a range of walks, many of which are suitable for your four-legged friend too. There’s beach walks, country walks and pub walks to choose from.

Now where’s the lead?

8. Accommodation

mollets farm 6

There is plenty of dog friendly accommodation on The Suffolk Coast; from B&Bs and hotels, to self-catering cottages and camping!

Named the Good Hotel Guide's Editor's Choice Dog Friendly Hotel 2016 is The Crown & Castle in Orford. The hotel is very dog-friendly, so a weekend away with your 4-legged friend can be spent in style! Well-behaved dogs and their owners can stay in one of the Best Garden Rooms and are welcome to enjoy a meal at one of the designated doggie tables.

At The Westleton Crown, dogs are welcomed with a bowl of water, dog biscuits and a blanket and can stay with you in one of the dog-friendly rooms and can dine with you in the cosy bar or relax in front of the roaring log fire in the lounge.

There's a range of accomodation to choose from at Cliff House Holiday Park has to offer across The Suffolk Coast, or if you want to indulge in a little luxury, book a stay at Mollett's Farm, where not only are your dogs welcome, other pets can come along too!

9. Nature

Beanie jumping the plank

The Suffolk Coast is renowned for its wide open spaces whether that’s on the beach or heaths. 

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gives you and your furry friend the chance to enjoy the fabulous flora and fauna that we’re so lucky to be surrounded by. Offering a range of downloadable maps and guides, perfect for helping you make the most of your doggy holiday on The Suffolk Coast including pub walks, cycle routes and forest maps:

10. Shopping


Top 10 Dog Friendly Things to Do - Dog at Adnams Shop - Credit Adnams

If you’re looking for dog coats and accessories then head to Aldeburgh and O&C Butcher on the High Street, where your fashion conscious pooch is very welcome!

No trip to The Suffolk Coast would be complete without taking home a bottle or two of Adnams finest! The large Adnams store in Southwold is an emporium of everything Adnams from innovative beers, extensive wines and handcrafted spirits, as well as idyllic gifty bits too.  The shop has a friendly tasting bar which offers a broad range of beers, wine and spirits to taste on a daily basis. And bringing your dog (on a lead) is not a problem. This also goes for the shops in Aldeburgh, Felixstowe and Woodbridge too.



Things to see and do


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Dog friendly


Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Dog friendly


Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


WHERE TO EAT


Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

Read more >


The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner of *Sawday's British Hotel Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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Dog friendly


Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Ship Inn, Levington

The Ship Inn, Levington

Ipswich

Idyllic country pub situated on the banks of the River Orwell, with a delicious local menu and an excellent range of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


WHERE TO STAY


Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club 

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness 3 star Hotel offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course. 

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Dog friendly


Woodhall Manor 

Woodhall Manor

Woodhall Manor is the most romantic and exclusive setting for a truly memorable stay. The charming Elizabethan Manor House, dating back to 1566, sits within nine acres of immaculately landscaped grounds, near the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Holidays for Allseasons

Holidays for Allseasons

Enjoy a holiday on The Suffolk and Norfolk Coast with Holidays for Allseasons

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquility near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is a new eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping. Luxurious Bell Tents and a Shepherds Hut are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. Close to the Suffolk Coast and on the edge of the Norfolk Broads the site is perfectly situated for your East Anglian getaway.

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Dog friendly


Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Cottage Holidays

Cottage Holidays

Established in 1992, Cottage Holidays has steadily grown to become the UK's largest family run and owned holiday cottage provider. Their local teams are experts in their area, ensuring your holiday is truly special.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages have around eighty properties available to rent and have been offering holiday accommodation in and around The Suffolk Coast since 1905. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages

With its sleepy waterways, wide sandy beaches, quiet coastal towns and lively cathedral cities, thousands of holidaymakers have discovered the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Suffolk through Sykes Cottages. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated holiday park in Dunwich, specialising in lodges, static caravans, self catering; including investment purchase self catering, camping and touring caravan pitches. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Southwold

Self-catering cottages with a personal touch, owned and managed by Trish Gower, offering delightful self-catering cottages in attractive unspoilt villages at or close to The Suffolk Coast. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Holidaycottages.co.uk

Holidaycottages.co.uk

A leading holiday cottage lettings company with over a selection of handpicked cottages in Suffolk.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner *Sawday's British Hotel Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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Dog friendly


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Whether you want to use The Ship at Dunwich as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Dog friendly


So Southwold 

So Southwold

Southwold

Southwold is the jewel of Suffolk coast and with something for everyone, it’s the perfect place to retreat from everyday life.

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Dog friendly


Best Of Suffolk

Best Of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk offers a hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk, offering guests well-appointed properties in prime locations and pets go free.

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Dog friendly