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Dog friendly places in York

Are you planning a trip to York with the whole family, pets included? Here are some ideas for dog friendly activities in York. 

See the sights 

Take a walk through the beautiful streets of York so you can stretch your legs and tire out your furry friend. If you want to hit all the major landmarks and maybe find out some historical facts you didn’t know before, try a City Sightseeing bus tour and learn about sights such as Dick Turpin’s grave, the former Terry’s Chocolate Factory, and York Minster. Your dog is welcome on board, so they won’t miss out on the fun! Dogs are only allowed outside the Cathedral, so come back another day without your pup if you fancy a visit indoors. 

Next, you can visit Shambles Market and pick up some fresh produce, handmade jewellery, or sample some street food bursting with flavour at the market’s food court. Once you’ve ticked everything off your shopping list, head to the quiet of nature and wander around the York Museum Gardens, as long as you keep your dog on a lead. With historical landmarks, an incredible tree collection, and a chance to spot some wildlife, you and your well-behaved dog can take in the beautiful scenery of York together.  

Have a rest and a bite to eat 

After all that walking, you’ll need to put your feet (or paws) up for a break. Luckily, there are a great number of dog friendly pubs and restaurants in York. Eagle & Child is a beautiful timber pub built in 1640, made up of three floors with space for events and groups of any size. Serving fresh, locally sourced, home-made food, you can feel the cosy and welcoming environment as soon as you step through the door.  

Found right by Shambles Market, Ye Olde Shambles Tavern is proud of its connection to York’s long history, sourcing a lot of produce from the market itself. Specialising in craft ale, the tavern sells over 120 Yorkshire ales including their own Shambles Tavern Light, Dark, Bitter and Cider. The Tavern has indoor and outdoor seating, and your furry friend is welcome in the downstairs interior and any of the outdoor seating, perfect for watching the hustle and bustle of the busy market.  

The Hop is located in the heart of York city centre and dogs are welcome in the front bar of the venue. Stop by here for a tasty stone-baked pizza to perk you up while your four-legged friend refreshes with a lie down and a bowl of water. More dog friendly pubs and restaurants in York include the classic pub The Cross Keys, Viking-inspired Valhalla, the aptly named The Cosy Club and much more – you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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