Suffolk Countryside - Dog Friendly Guide

We’re sure that your four-legged friend will be delighted to know that he/she will be given a very warm welcome at a fantastic choice of VisitEngland graded cottages across the Suffolk countryside.

What could be better than a walking holiday with your dog where you’ll have lots of wonderful woodlands and countryside to explore? Or perhaps you’d prefer a short break in one of Suffolk’s historic market towns where you can buy your travelling companion a juicy bone from the local butchers? From rural barn conversions for two to larger cottages in one of Suffolk’s “Wool Towns”, we’re sure we’ll be able to offer something that’s just right for you and man’s best friend.

Dog-Friendly Cottages:

To view all of our lovely dog-friendly cottages in Suffolk click here. You can filter your search down even further to include number of bedrooms, star grading, the exact town or village in Suffolk that you’d like to stay in and your preferred holiday dates. For further assistance in booking your pet-friendly holiday, don’t hesitate to call us on 01502 722717 – we’re always ready to help!

Dog-Friendly Pubs:

The fabulous choice of character-filled pubs on offer throughout Suffolk are the perfect place to rest and take stock after a lovely time out walking with your pet. Here’s a few our favourite pubs that either accept dogs in their outdoor/garden area or in the inside bar. As pub landlords change from time to time, it’s always worth checking in advance to see if your four-legged friend is still welcome at this small selection of Suffolk pubs.

The Greyhound Pub

Phoenix House, 97 High Street, Lavenham, CO10 9PZA busy and friendly pub situated right on Lavenham’s beautiful high street.  Dogs are welcome in the bar area but not in the restaurant. A doggie water bowl is usually available.  The Greyhound is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch, a pint of the local brew or an afternoon cuppa.

The Dove

68 Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3JUThe Dove is a welcoming pub that is a hit with locals and visitors alike. It serves a selection of locally brewed ales including Woodfordes Wherry Bitter and Elgoods Cambridge Ale.  With wooden floors throughout the bar area, there’s lots of room for your dog to relax and stretch out on. During warmer weather, sit outside and watch the world go by.  Dog biscuits and water bowls usually available. Warning: gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights!

Swan Inn

Low Street, Hoxne, Suffolk, IP21 5ASA character-filled and welcoming Suffolk pub which is child and dog-friendly! The owners also have dogs who are often found contentedly lying by the fire (the dogs not the owners!).  The Swan offers good food and a great selection of beers, wines and local ales. Dogs are welcomed in the garden and in bar area but not in the dining area. Dog bowls are available on request.

Dog-Friendly Places to Visit:

Suffolk Dog Day and Helmingham Hall Gardens

Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EFWell behaved pooches (on leads) are always welcome at Helmingham Hall Gardens - famous for its stunningly beautiful grounds which include a 400 acre deer park, rose gardens and formal gardens. Helmingham Hall hosts many special events throughout the year including Walk With A Fork (a charity fundraiser) and the tail-waggingly popular Suffolk Dog Day. For more information about the Suffolk Dog Day, visit our events calendar. 

Ickworth Park

Horringer near Bury St EdmundsIckworth equals doggie heaven with acres of parkland to discover and lots of sweeping views to admire. With its outdoor adventure park, it’s also a great place to take the whole family!

Local Vets:

Swayne and Partners

Little St Mary's, Long Melford, Sudbury

Swayne and Partners

34 Southgate Street, Bury St Edmunds

Ardmore Vets

57 Cornard Rd, Sudbury