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Britain’s Top 10 most Dog Friendly Cities

Gerry Molloy
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Britain’s Top 10 most Dog Friendly Cities

Postby Gerry Molloy » Fri May 01, 2015 11:49 am

Recent research by http://blog.trustedhousesitters.com/ has produced a Top 10 list of the most dog friendly cities in the UK. The results took into consideration green space, number of vets and number of meetup groups each city has.

In descending order, the Top 10 were:

10. Nottingham

Nottingham is Britain’s Greenest city (according to a study carried out by Forum for the Future). It’s also the British city least dependent on cars and home to the greenest university in the world. All great news for dog owners.

9. Bristol

Bristol prides itself in being one of Britain’s most dog friendly cities. There’s lots of pet friendly accommodation if you’re just planning on visiting for a short break, and you’ll find plenty to keep dogs occupied along the beautiful harbour-side or in the many parks (90+ Parks). Beautiful walks can be found in Ashton Court Estate, Castle Park, and Queen Square.

8. Sheffield

According to the Sheffield government website, “Compared to most other European cities, Sheffield has more public parks and green spaces, more tree cover, and also boasts the Peak National Park within its city boundary.” Sheffield is packed with green spaces, making it perfect for dog owners of all shapes and sizes, but especially big dog owners.

7. Leicester

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and packed with plenty of heritage, Leicester is another city that’s particularly friendly towards dogs. If you fancy getting out of the city and doing something a little bit more cultural, never fear. Leicestershire has two dog-friendly English Heritage Sites. Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Kirby Muxloe Castle both welcome dogs with open arms, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend at home to enjoy a bit of English history.

6. Cardiff

The Welsh capital has plenty to offer dogs and their owners. Cardiff has a good ratio of vets to population, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting an appointment for poorly pets. There are also lots of dog groomers, pet shops, and dog walking businesses so you’ll never want for anything in Cardiff.

5. Liverpool

Liverpool has gone through a lot of regeneration in recent years, and has become a trendy place for a weekend break. Dog owners in Liverpool can find plenty to keep their dogs happy. One of the best places in Liverpool for walkies is Formby Point, a woodland area that leads down to the beach where dogs can enjoy an off the lead romp and paddle. The beautifully landscaped Calderstones Park is another Liverpool favourite.

4. Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is easily one of the UK’s most dog-friendly cities. The city is packed with beautiful, expansive green areas like Hollyrood Park, The Meadows and The Water of Leith – areas that are so green, you forget you’re in the middle of a major capital city.

Although Edinburgh has always been an extremely dog-friendly city, in recent years this has become even more obvious with the number of ‘Dogs Welcome’ stickers than can be seen in pubs, restaurants, shops and cafes throughout the city.

3. Brighton & Hove

Brighton has more dog meetup groups (per population) than any other city in the UK; there’s even a special meetup for pug owners, terriers and gundog breeds. Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t fit into any of those categories: the ‘all shapes and sizes’ meetup or ‘Brighton & Hove dog socials’, both of which are extremely popular, should be perfect for you and your little one.

There’s nothing quite like a walk by the seaside and in England it doesn’t get much better than Brighton. Take your dog for a stroll down the promenade and enjoy the views across the English Channel.

2. Newcastle

Plenty of pet-shops, a good ratio of vets per population, and a great range of green spaces for walkies make Newcastle the second most dog friendly city in the UK. The city is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to dog friendly pubs, with The Brandling Villa in South Gosforth making news back in 2012 when it introduced a dog friendly menu: including doggy craft beer.

There are plenty of green spaces in and around the city to enjoy, but it’s hard to deny the charm of a walk along the River Tyne with a dog in tow. There are lots of dog friendly pubs on the quayside including Pitcher & Piano and The Red House. The metro system is also dog friendly, and best of all four-legged commuters can travel for free.

1. Manchester

Not only does Manchester have great football, fab shopping, and excellent music, it’s also the most dog friendly city in Britain. Packed with great parks, boutique pet shops, and plenty of vets it’s the perfect home for a pampered pooch.

The suburb of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy is particularly dog friendly, boasting some excellent canine compatible gastropubs. One, The Horse & Jockey Inn, even serves ‘dog beer’ for their four-legged customers! Chorlton is also home to Betty & Butch doggy boutique, and the meadows are a great place to take your pals for a run.

Source: http://blog.trustedhousesitters.com/bri ... ly-cities/

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