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The UK’s most popular places to take the dogs

The UK’s most popular places to take the dogs

According to Google Trends, a tool that shows how frequently a given search term is entered into Google’s search engine, more people are currently searching for ‘staycations’ in the UK than ever before.

If you have you ever wondered which are the most popular UK destinations that dog owners consider when booking a holiday, we have analysed all the search data from 2019 and produced a simple summary below:

Most popular dog friendly destinations in the UK - 2019

#1 Cornwall

Topping the list is beautiful Cornwall, with its many dog-friendly beaches, coastal walks and plentiful places to visit that happily welcome dogs it’s easy to understand why.

#2 Norfolk

Norfolk offers majestic scenery, wonderful walks & incredible beaches to explore. The perfect place to make special memories to cherish with your dogs.

#3 Devon

Ranking third is Devon, a very special county with so much to offer dogs and their owners including beautiful beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks.

Popular dog friendly accommodation

Popular accommodation with dog owners

Source: Google Keyword Planner | UK | 2019

Dog owners prefer to stay in dog friendly cottages and hotels over lodges & camping. Increasingly, cottages are welcoming 3 or more dogs and many hotels are offering extra canine luxuries to ensure dogs and their owners feel super comfortable.

While many people still enjoy camping, not surprisingly, the thought of sharing a sleeping bag with a wet dog & sandy paws is not high on the list of accommodation types considered by dog owners.

When shall we go for ‘walkies’?

Most popular days for dog walking

Source: Google Trends | UK | 2019

Most owners enjoy daily exercise with their dogs but there are certain times of the year that people particularly search for dog walks. Interest spikes around the major holiday periods.

During the season of over-indulgence, fresh air and a long dog walk are the perfect remedy. Also, when the children are off school it is a great chance to get out and explore somewhere different with the dogs.

Dog friendly travel guides

If you’re thinking of visiting any of the top three dog friendly holiday destinations above, be sure to read our selection of travel guides, containing bite-sized info, handy maps & website links for dog friendly beaches, walks & days out.

Dog Friendly Holidays

Data Sources:

Google Trends
represent search interest as an index relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time.
The above data represents search interest for ‘dog walks’ in the UK throughout 2019.

Google Keyword Planner
provides the monthly search volume of people that have performed a Google search query from a specific location. The data represented above details the popularity of “dog friendly [X]” where [X] is either a specific county in the UK or accommodation type.