A Dog Lover's Guide to Blackpool
For millions of us, our much-loved mutt is not just a pet but a member of the family. So, why leave him at home when it comes to heading to the seaside?
In Blackpool, there is no shortage of places to have fun with your furry four-legged friend. From picnicking in the park to a stroll down the Prom, the adventurous seaside is the perfect place for you and your canine to hang out. So pack your pooch and find out all the best dog-friendly places in Blackpool below.
Dog-friendly places to eat in Blackpool
When you’re out and about, it’s useful to find a venue where there’s a welcome on the doormat for your faithful friend. Whether it’s a cold beer after a long walk, catch-up over coffee and cake or a hearty meal, Blackpool has plenty of dog friendly bars, cafes, and restaurants.
The super-relaxed bar at the extraordinary ART B&B on the Promenade has it all. Sea views; its own bespoke cocktail menu (as well as a full range of beers, wine and spirits); an Alberto 1973 Italian coffee machine; original 1930s-1950s furniture; art installations by Hunt and Darton and it is open to non-residents and their dogs from 10.30am until 11pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
Café Chicco On The Prom (next to Madame Tussauds) and Café Chicco On The Green (at the Solaris Centre) are happy for you to dine in with your dog as are The Gynn Pub and Restaurant (Dickson Road); Albert’s Ale Micropub (Albert Road); Dahlia’s Kitchen Licensed Restaurant and Coffee Shop (Cropper Road); and, not surprisingly, The Little Black Pug Bar (Talbot Road)!
You can even enjoy a traditional seaside supper with your dog beside you in the cosy café at Taylors Fish and Chips (St. Anne’s Road).
Dog-friendly accommodation in Blackpool
Looking for pooch-friendly places to stay? You’ve got plenty of choice to suit all pockets from large hotels and small B&Bs, to self-catering apartments and holiday parks and caravans.
These include The Boulevard (Ocean Boulevard) – Blackpool’s stylish new seafront hotel; The Big Blue Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; The Grand Hotel (North Promenade); the Best Western Carlton Hotel (North Promenade); Adelaide House (Adelaide Street); and the art-deco Corona Guest House on Clifton Drive.
Burbage Holiday Lodge and The Berkeley Apartments (both on Queens Promenade) offer self-catering accommodation as do Westward Holiday Flats (Park Road).
It’s always advisable to contact your preferred accommodation before booking to check for any additional charges and to make sure the dog-friendly rooms are available. If you have a place in mind where you would like to stay, please do get in touch to see if they can accommodate your four-legged pal.
Dog-friendly travel in Blackpool
Dogs are welcome passengers on buses in Blackpool and on both the Heritage trams and the new modern trams too. You must have them on a lead for the whole of the journey, and – probably unlike at home - they’re not allowed on the seats!
A seven-day Rover Ticket will provide unlimited travel for you and your hound. At a cost of £5, they offer a saving of more than 25% compared to purchasing daily tickets. Guide dogs or recognised assistance dogs travel free on both buses and trams.
Dogs love a good walk and where else is better than the seaside? Luckily in Blackpool, we have seven miles of glorious coastline for your canine to explore – or why not make a pit stop at the park?
We know that many of you come to Blackpool for our unbeatable sandy beaches and breath-taking views, and we don’t just mean humans! Dogs love to let their fur down by the seaside!
Until 1 May, dogs are free to enjoy the full stretch of our coastline. Between 1 May and 30 September, dogs are not allowed to be exercised on the beach at all between North Pier and the Mirror Ball, opposite the Solaris Centre.
Beaches where dogs are always welcome throughout the year are:
It is advised that dogs are exercised on a lead unless owners have full control using reliable recall, if they are unleashed.
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Award-winning Stanley Park is a great place to go for a walk with your dog. The Grade II-listed park, which opened in 1926, has been voted the best park in the UK for a second time. Stretching across 390 breath-taking acres, this oasis of elegance boasts a magical blend of architecture, horticulture, and recreation - not to be sniffed at!
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Blackpool Model Village and Gardens
Next to Stanley Park, you will find Blackpool Model Village and Gardens. This delightful handcrafted model village is set in more than two acres of carefully tended gardens with paved pathways that provide full access for all visitors – including dogs. They are allowed in free of charge if they are kept on a lead.
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📷 by Claire Griffiths Photography