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Dog friendly York explores YORK

Whilst most people think about visiting York to see the Minster, the ancient walls and the many fantastic museums, is taking a look at York from a DOGS perspective.

Walking in York

Whether your dog is a city dog or a country dog you are spoilt for choice for dog walking in York.

You can wander for hours around the beautiful city streets and will come across plenty of benches to sit and do a bit of people watching. You can stroll through the Museum gardens (dogs on leads), or take a stroll along the riverside paths. Dogs are not allowed on the city walls, but you can follow them round the city and in most places there is a grass bank for your pooch to have a sniff around.

Within a short distance of the city itself you will find lots of great dog walks to suit all tastes :

dog walk York Racecourse

York Racecourse is a huge expanse of open fields with great free parking where your dog can run freely. (please check for race days and avoid these).

There are numerous riverside walks if your dog likes to take advantage of a quick dip.

You can see a selection of York dog walks on our Paws Walks page and get more information on postcodes and parking.


Eating & Drinking in York

There are loads of dog friendly pubs in and around York and quite a few where you can enjoy a bite to eat as well.

Our personal favourites were The Star in the city (city Centre), The Woodman (Bishopthorpe) and the Bluebell pub (Fossgate).

starincity dog friendly york

The star in the city is a really smart restaurant on the edge of the museum gardens and overlooking the river. Dogs are only allowed outside on the terrace, but this is well worth a visit on a nice day. It can get very busy so you may have to wait for a table, but the food is fantastic and you can always have a drink while you wait.

The Woodman is a delightful, friendly gastro pub in the village of Bishopthorpe. Dogs are welcome to eat with you in the restaurant/bar and there is also a lovely beer garden out the back. The menu is excellent and reasonably priced and the service is very good.

The Bluebell is York’s smallest and one of the oldest pubs in York, but has a cosy back room (with real fires in the colder months) and a separate bar area. You are assured of a welcome for your four legged friend and a pint of tasty real ale.


Staying in York

York offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

If you feel like splashing out, why not try the Hotel Du vin, The Churchill or the Grand Hotel & Spa.

If you are brining your dog to York but fancy a day at the shops, or even something a bit more cultural – why not book a dog sitting service for the day. That way, your dog gets to go out and about for some great walks while you indulge in some retail therapy without having to worry about your furry friend.

You will find a selection of dog friendly pubs and accommodation on our Paws Friendly page.

Please feel free to add any dog friendly businesses you know of and we would also love to have your reviews to help other dog owners find the best places to go with their dogs.