Dog-Friendly city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Looking for the next place to go to with your four-legged friend? How about a visit to the dog-friendly city of Bath? Here are some places to explore, enjoy a meal together and then rest your heads at the end of the day!
The Great Outdoors
In Bath you are never far from a beautiful green space to walk your canine companion.
In the city centre, Royal Victoria Park is only a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Milsom Street and has plenty of space for a game of fetch or try The National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk. With stunning views right across the beautiful city of Bath, it is guaranteed to impress.
Access the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal via Sydney gardens. The canal weaves its way through the valley to Bradford on Avon and beyond, or as far as your legs can take you!
For something a little different, the Two Tunnels offers a walking and cycle track through two disused railway tunnels, one over a mile long! Look out for the light and sound installations.
Where to Eat and Drink
There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in Bath that go out of their way to accommodate visitors and their pets:
One of Bath’s hidden gems, the King William is just fifteen minutes’ walk from Bath Abbey and well worth seeking out. The pub has a reputation for serving great British food alongside a superb wine list and an ever-changing selection of real ales from small local microbreweries.
This Grade II listed Georgian corner terrace has many of it’s original features intact. The building dates back to 1827 and was made a pub to celebrate the marriage of King William to Queen Adelaide. Customers can enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the bar or go upstairs to one of the two dining rooms for a more intimate experience.
There’s been a pub on the site of The Chequers since 1776 when the main customers were weary sedan chairmen who carried the aristocracy to nearby lodging houses. And Chequers are still in the business of serving food and drink to visitors and locals all these years later.
Downstairs, you’ll find a menu of great tasting, high-quality gastropub food, served in a warm and friendly pub atmosphere. The Chequers stocks a range of local ales and ciders and has an extensive wine list. A frequently changing A La Carte menu of tempting modern British fare is beautifully presented. Fresh fish, seafood and game are just some of the dishes you’ll find, but Chequers stay true to their roots and also serve a ‘Classics’ menu which consists of pub classics like burgers, fish and chips.
The Marlborough Tavern’s recipe for success is simple: serve great tasting, home-cooked food in a welcoming pub atmosphere and back it up with friendly, efficient service. It’s a place that everyone feels welcome in: from twenty-somethings and young professionals to families and grandparents.
Head Chef Jack Scaterfield consistently delivers high-quality cooking and has a clear approach to food – to find the best and freshest ingredients and to create great tasting, simple dishes where the quality of the produce speaks for itself.
The Marlborough Tavern’s food is essentially English in character and features seasonal and local produce from some of the region’s best producers.
The Hare & Hounds is where you’ll find fabulous food, friendly service and stunning landscape views across Bath. The Hare & Hounds’ location is a perfect stop-off for visitors heading to or from the M4 to the north of Bath.
Open every day for breakfast, there’s a busy atmosphere before lunch is even served, with locals and visitors meeting for coffee and pastries. All food is home-cooked, seasonal fare that ticks the box whether you’re after a simple bite to eat or a three-course dinner.
On summer days customers can enjoy lunch out on the large terrace, and on winter evenings the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere. At the Hare & Hounds, the attentive but relaxed service really shines.
An Italian-influenced café-restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and coffee.
Located on Bartlett Street, in the upper part of the city, the café is surrounded by fashion and homeware, in concept store The Loft.
Since opening, Cafe Lucca has established itself as the place for great coffee and homemade cakes. They also serve a delicious range of healthy salads, gourmet panini and bruschetta, and homemade quiches and terrines.
The Huntsman is one of Bath’s oldest pubs serving a good selection of real ales, local ciders, hot drinks and fresh food. The pub is in a great central location, next door to the Visitor Information Centre, and close to Sally Lunn’s, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and Bath Recreation Ground.
The Huntsman was bought by the London family brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner in November 2012 and after undergoing a considerable refurbishment now boasts fine dining upstairs in the Elder Rooms, named after the building’s architect, John Wood the Elder, who is known for designing many of the finest streets and buildings in Bath.
Where to Stay
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa offers a specialist canine room service menu and ‘Maps for Mutts’, which show you all the best walks. There is also an area where you can wash and dry your dog after their outdoor excursions.
The Abbey Hotel in the centre of Bath features pet-friendly rooms, which come with food, water bowls and treats. Dogs are welcome in the lounge area, but not in the restaurant.
The Bath Priory Hotel features a handful of dog-friendly bedrooms (deluxe, premier deluxe and junior suites), as well as four acres of gardens for your dog to enjoy. The Bath Priory is only a few minutes walk from two fantastic parks and walking routes including the Cotswold Way. Dogs are welcome on the beautiful terrace, but not in the lounges or restaurant.
Ston Easton Park Hotel has a fluffy, four-legged master of the house… Oscar the Cocker Spaniel! Alongside a warm welcome from Oscar, the hotel pet packages which include accommodation, a three-course dinner (for you!), a doggie dinner and breakfast too.
Woolley Grange Hotel has something for all the family including your four-legged friends. There are 14 acres of stunning grounds for you and your dog to enjoy, and the hotel will even provide a dog bed and bowl in your room for a small fee.
Bath Mill Lodge Retreat offers a range of luxury self-catered lodges, and many are pet-friendly. Set in the idyllic countryside, it’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle-bustle, and great for dog walks too!
There are many hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city that will accept well-behaved dogs at their discretion, so it is always worth asking before you book!