Off the beaten track, Norfolk is a wonderful place to visit with its golden sandy beaches, grand National Trust estates and, of course, the Norfolk Broads. But no visit is complete without your furry sidekick, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite dog friendly places to visit in Norfolk.
Bring a picnic and a towel and you could end up spending the whole day here. Take a little paddle with your dog from the sandy slope or hire a canoe if you’d rather stay dry. There’s also a coffee van to meet your caffeine needs.
A stone’s throw from Norwich, dogs on leads will love walkies around the beautiful Whitlingham lake, finished with a treat at the cafe.
Broads River Trips and Boat Hire
Take a trip along the broads with your pooch. Most of the local boat hire companies and tour operators will happily welcome you and your dog.
Fairhaven Water Gardens
Discover this hidden gem at the heart of the Norfolk Broads with your best bud. Meander your way along the waterways amongst 130 acres of ancient woodland and finish with a treat at the cafe where you are welcome to sit outside with your dog.
Bure Valley Railway
Hop aboard the miniature steam train that runs the scenic route between Wroxham and Aylsham along the river Bure, or even take a walk along the entire route. Share fish and chips with your best fur-friend at Aylsham station or feed the ducks in Wroxham.
North Norfolk Railway
Bring your dog along to Sheringham station and take a ride on the exquisite steam trains that run along the stunning North Norfolk countryside.
Barking Fun Dog Beaches
With absolutely no restrictions on dogs, the sandy beaches at Waxham are a dog walker’s paradise and also one of the quieter beaches you’ll find in Norfolk.
Miles and miles of golden sandy beaches make Winterton the ideal place to get away from it all, with your dog of course. Dog friendly all year round.
Between Happisburgh and Sea Palling you’ll find the unspoilt Cart Gap beach, open to dogs and with a cafe nearby.
Take photos by the iconic lighthouse and enjoy a lovely long walk along the sandy beach with your fur-buddy, any time of year.
If your pack enjoys long walks, they’ll just adore Wells with its wide sandy beaches and swimmable surf. Finish with a bite to eat at one of the nearby dog friendly pubs and cafes.
Share an ice cream with your fur-baby as you see the sights along Cromer Pier. The popular sandy beach is also open to dogs from autumn to spring.
Home to England’s largest grey seal colony, dogs on leads are welcome at Blakeney Point between Autumn and early Spring to go seal spotting from the dunes or take a boat to view the seals from the water.
Dogs will love this quiet stretch of pebbly beach which is dog friendly all year round. And while you’re there, why not take a stroll through the heath and woodlands at Kelling Heath.
Paw-sh Norfolk Country Estates
Get those tails wagging as you wander along the four miles of beautiful walks through stunning parkland, woodland and along the lake at Blickling Hall. Dogs are not allowed in the house or gardens but the exterior is well worth the visit.
Not only is Holkham beach within walking distance of this iconic estate used in films and TV, but you and your dog are welcome to explore the grounds and woodland surrounding Holkham Hall. Dogs are not allowed inside the hall and it is recommended they are kept on leads as resident wildlife and deer roam the grounds.
Pad your way around the estate grounds including 520 acres of woodland finished with a trip to the tearoom and shop. Dogs to be kept on leads during the bird breeding season, March to August.
Sandringham Country Park
Although not allowed in the house or gardens, dogs are welcome to explore the acres of beautiful parkland.
Beautiful Dog-Friendly Ruins
Dogs on leads are welcomed at the extensive ruins of this ancient moat and fortified house. Be prepared for muddy paws in wet weather!
The ruins of Binham Priory are a fascinating sight to see with your four-legged friend. Said to be the most complete and impressive monastic ruins in Norfolk, dogs are welcome to explore the ruins but not inside the church itself.
Cultured canines will enjoy walkies around the historical remains of this third century fort in Great Yarmouth.
Caistor Roman site
Discover the partially excavated roman saxon fort with your best fur-bud. Dogs on leads are welcome.
All dog friendly, wander around the 1090 Priory ruins, the Bailey Gate, the 12th Century Castle and beyond through the surrounding countryside.
Four legged friends on leads are welcome at Sheringham Park to explore the thousand acres of the parkland, woodland and clifftop area. You can also stop for a bite to eat at the Courtyard Cafe.
Dogs can enjoy a dip in the stream and meander around the lake and through the woods at Earlham Park before em-bark-ing on a visit to the pup-friendly cafe.
Your pooch will have a ball at Eaton Park with its bandstand, pavilion and boating lake. Follow your nose to the dog friendly cafe for a tempting treat. Bone-appetit!
Holt Country Park
Release the hounds to sniff their way along the various woodland routes through gorgeous Holt Country Park.
Woof Friendly Woodland Walks
Thetford Forest Park
Take your four-legged friend on the ultimate adventure along the miles and miles of marked walks through the masses of pine trees and heathland at Thetford Forest.
Let their nose lead the way along a choice of three routes through 280 acres of 200-year old oak trees.
Near to Norwich with stunning city views, dogs can enjoy exploring the 184 acres of heath and woodland trails at Mousehold Heath.
Follow the sculpture trail with your furry best friend through Burlingham Woods, with a choice of short walkies for small or older doggies and long walkies for the more energetic.
Boop Noses with Other Animals
Bring your dog to meet the horses, ponies and donkeys that have been rehomed at this rescue centre in Aylsham.
Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary
Horses, ponies and farm animals will be waiting to greet those wet noses at Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary near Cromer. They also have a lovely little cafe and shop to round off your visit.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcomed at this family friendly attraction. There are some areas that are restricted for dog entry such as the shops and junior farm.
You and your dog can enjoy stunning views from the sandy dunes at Horsey where, during the winter months, seals come to have their pups along this peaceful stretch of beach. Of course, dogs on leads and at a distance during this time – no nose boops allowed!
Dog-Friendly Places to Stay in Norfolk
Here for more than a day visit? Browse a fabulous selection of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Norfolk with dog-obsessed Pack Holidays, catering for any number of dogs and close to dog-friendly pubs, restaurants and fun places to visit.
Aside from the perfect home-away-from-home cottages for you and your pups, they also have expert local information on all truly dog-friendly places to go and can offer special recommendations just for you. You may even find a dog treat or two waiting for you – it’s all about our joy-bringing floofy bundles of love, after all.
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