Dogs love the seaside and Cornwall has plenty of it.

8th August 2022

Dogs love the seaside – it’s a fact. And Cornwall has plenty of it, making it the perfect holiday destination for you and your pup.

But beyond the sandy beaches for your dog to run freely across, there’s so much more about Cornwall which dogs will love. If you’re wondering what to do with your dog in Cornwall, we’ve got you covered.

Make it not just a holiday for you, but your dog too, with our top reasons to bring your four-legged friend to Cornwall.

Their first run on the beach

The best dog walks are those with large, open spaces for running around. However, if you live in a city, you’ll likely not have any water for your pup to splash around in, let alone a sandy beach for your dog to enjoy.

The beach is a magical place for anyone, and this includes your dog – if you’ve ever watched your dog take its first steps on the beach, you’ll understand. They simply can’t get enough of the sand to roll about in, the waves to play with and the space to run across. Taking your dog for their first beach day, first sea swim and even first sunset is an experience to be had, as you watch their tails wag and eyes light up with joy. Find your favourite dog friendly beach and see it for yourself.

Beyond the beaches

Cornwall isn’t just beaches, though – it’s a full-on dog paradise. With endless woodlands, rural space, open fields and the entire South West coast path, there’s so many different terrains for you and your pup to explore. Just remember to keep your dog on their lead when walking the coast path and through fields where you may encounter wildlife, such as cows and sheep.

Dog friendly attractions

Cornwall is a very dog friendly county, and welcomes pups in many of its attractions. There is a laid back vibe here and this extends to dogs, with most cafes and pubs and some restaurants welcoming dogs. Some even have their own doggy menu for your pup to try! Here’s our favourite dog-friendly places to dine.

You can also bring your dog to many day trips around the county, such as various National Trust sites, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Find more dog-friendly attractions to have the best time with your pup.

Discover all the ways dogs in Cornwall enjoy being in the sea.

Quality time

When you come on holiday to Cornwall, you take some time out to relax, be with loved ones and make memories. Why not share this precious time with your dog, too? There’s no need to leave them behind, especially during the out of season months when the weather is cooler, the coast is quieter, and many beaches remove their dog ban. Cool off at the beach, explore a garden or attraction together, and most importantly bond with your pup, giving them the time and attention they may miss during busy, working life!

Check out our locations and explore our St Agnes holiday cottages.

Pup-friendly properties

A self-catering holiday in Cornwall is perfect for a dog, with your own private space for them to roam freely, nap and relax after a busy day of playing fetch and chasing waves. Many of our retreats are dog friendly, meaning there’s no need to leave them in the kennels. We’ve plenty of properties which also have enclosed gardens for your dog to safely enjoy and outdoor showers, great for rinsing sandy paws. All of our retreats are also walking distance to the beach, making that morning dog walk easy.

Visiting with a large group? Discover our large holiday homes perfect for big families or friend groups.

Find your favourite dog friendly beaches by browsing our locations, and keep an eye on our special offers page for our best dog friendly Cornwall holiday deals.