I was asked by my friends at Dogs Invited whether I would share some of my experiences of traveling around the UK with my dog. I love to get away at the weekend whenever I can, sometimes my nearly grown up children come with me sometimes they don’t, but my faithful 4 legged companion is always there! So to me it’s important that we are both welcomed wherever we go.
I have asked to remain anonymous for this blog but just so you know enough about me to get a feel of things from my perspective, I’m male mid 50’s and my hound is a 6 year old Labrador cross, so medium sized and very sociable! This blog is entirely my own opinion and although I hope my observations are accurate, neither I (nor the blog owners) accept any responsibility as to whether the places mentioned are or are not dog friendly and always best to check beforehand.
Tenby….or to give it it’s Welsh name, Dinbych-y-pysgod, is a beautiful seaside town in Pembrokeshire……it’s only about an hour and a half drive from home so isn’t too far in the car for us and is a favourite of ours!
We stayed in a static caravan at a park situated just outside of Tenby – Kiln Park Holiday Centre. The caravan we stayed in was adequate and I have stayed here on a few occasions mainly due to the fact that there’s plenty of walking in and around the campsite. My only gripe is that the caravan park do not allow dogs into the on site bar area, although you are allowed to take them onto the outside terrace area, but if it’s tipping down with rain and a bit chilly it’s not my idea of fun! Some of the statics allow dogs but you will notice that with the amount of tourer caravans there are plenty of owners of these who bring their dogs with them, so always plenty of good canine company in the park areas!
Walking out of the holiday park you can either go for a walk through some woods or if you choose to (and why wouldn’t you) there is a glorious beach about 5 minutes gentle walk away. I would recommend you check on the Pembrokeshire website to see when dogs are allowed on beaches but when we visited in October, all was good. As a city person, being able to walk along the beach and seeing my faithful companion having such a great time playing on the beach and in the sea, is a great heartwarming experience! So yes, the beaches are great and who cares about the weather!
Once you get into the town of Tenby, what may surprise you, if you’ve not been before, is the number of dogs and their owners…….let’s admit you’d like to hope this is a sign of a good dog friendly town, right?
On the whole, I have to say I found Tenby to be dog friendly….there were water bowls outside some of the shops (and some of the houses in town too) and I found many of the smaller independent shops to be welcoming towards dogs and their owners. As expected some of the larger shops were ‘guide dogs only’ but personally, I don’t visit somewhere like Tenby to go shopping in a national chain store!
Pubs…now we’re talking! I enjoy a good pint and being able to take my dog with me makes it doubly enjoyable and from what I found (and talking to other dog owners), Tenby doesn’t disappoint! Ok, it depends what you like in a pub, but on our little tour we found these pubs hit the spot. The Tenby House Hotel was very welcoming with some nice old fashioned comfy seating, good ale and a relaxed dog friendly atmosphere. The Buccaneer is a smallish food type pub and we were allowed in the covered beer garden so not completely ideal but at least the beer garden is covered and has patio heaters. My favourite on our trip was The Crown Inn, tucked away down a side street (Lower Frog Street) is a pretty basic pub, I don’t think they serve any food, but extremely welcoming, with dogs welcome in the bar area and some good well priced drinks – this pub reminds me of what pubs used to be like – pool table, TV and not many frills BUT good staff, clean toilets and some good real ale. It was nice to see other dog owners had discovered this little gem too!
Days out and about aren’t a problem in Tenby if you have a dog…..you can walk for miles with plenty of tea shops and cafes to feel welcome with a dog. Worth a visit is the RNLI lifeboat station in Tenby and if you’ve got a young active family, Heatherton World of Activities, welcome dogs, so it’s perfect for a dog and child friendly day out! If you fancy a boat trip with your dog, take them over to Caldey Island for a day out too.
A most enjoyable few days away in Tenby which on the whole we found to be dog friendly……however I did notice that some irresponsible dog owners are still not picking up after their dogs and if we want places like Tenby to stay dog friendly we need to ensure we do everything we can not to upset non dog owners….you’re never far from a bin in Tenby!
For a selection of dog friendly holiday properties in the Tenby area, please take a look at the Dogs Invited website