Dog Friendly Cottages in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county in England containing two National Parks, making it nature enthusiast’s dreamland. It’s bustling with historical towns dating further back than the forming of North Yorkshire’s boundary itself, which seems fitting for the UK’s largest county.

There’s the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where you can explore unique cave formations in Malham Cove or stare in wonder at the Ingleton Waterfalls, following its nature trail and witnessing the almighty splash where the River Twiss meets the River Doe.

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Corner Cottage

Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3JL, UK

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Dog-friendly Corner Cottage is a two-bedroom terraced holiday home in the attractive…

From £315 per week
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Scargill Castle

Scargill Castle, Castle Farm, Scargill, Barnard Castle DL12 9TA, UK

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Irresistibly quirky, Scargill Castle was originally built in 1560 & is located…

From £457 per week
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Pheasant Cottage

Kirkbymoorside, YO62 7JF

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Dog-friendly Pheasant Cottage is part of a small group of holiday properties…

From £497 per week
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Yorkshire travel guides


Take the dogs to North Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire in northern England is deeply historically rooted, and is particularly known for its Roman and Viking heritage. Between the iconic town of York, Norman castles, two national parks and medieval abbeys, it is the kind of county that ensures every trip brings something new – especially for dog owners. Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds remain three key cities in the county, and the largest. Though these are some of Britain’s most revered cities, they are perched in the most beautiful part of the world, amidst the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, so they are hardly “city breaks” – they are the perfect outdoor trip where you can take the dogs, too, which our guides will illustrate.

Let us start with York – its namesake is the county of Yorkshire, after all, so it is only fair. Founded by the ancient Romans, it is so brimful with rich architecture, lined by The City Walls, and a walking tour of the city will excite you and exercise your dog all at the same time. Make sure you take time to visit the huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, as well as the esteemed University of York. You will also have to ensure you take a route that includes seeing The Monk Bar gate houses, which exhibit the life of King Richard III.

Onto the cities, which are not the kind of cities where your dogs won’t have a great time because of the proximity to the hills. Sheffield, for instance, is on the Peak District’s doorstep, so a dog-friendly day may include a walk around the city, enjoying the local sights, followed by a scenic meander through the iconic national park. Alternatively, Sheffield Botanical Gardens offer another dog-friendly activity. Bradford, on the other hand, can offer a 19th-century mill as well as The National Science and Media Museum, while keeping the dog’s interest peaked by local hill walks. Then of course there is Leeds, which is a much-loved Northern city and perched on the south bank of the River Aire. With a strong artillery history, you can expect everything from redeveloped industrial areas to the Royal Armouries houses the national collection of arms. All, of course, to the backdrop of the green, natural world for your dogs to enjoy.

You don’t just have to wander through the Yorkshire Moors like you are fresh out of a Bronte novel, though, to enjoy the outdoor goodness the county has to offer. There are a range of walled gardens, woods, manor houses and more, and our guides will tell you exactly which ones are dog friendly, as well as the requirements and facilities they have for dogs.

Don’t be so awe-struck by The Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales that you forget about Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It might not be as large as the other two, but it is certainly not to be overlooked. After all, 233 square miles of rolling hills, brooks and pathways is not to be sneezed at. In fact, we bet we know some four-legged family members who would be very interested in sniffing their way through meadows, over rocky terrain and resting with splendid views.

East of the Dales is Harrogate, one of the biggest towns in North Yorkshire. It’s best known as a historic spa town, with luxurious Turkish Baths that have been restored into a tourist-friendly, Moor-inspired resort. Apart from unwinding in the baths, though, the Royal Pump Room Museum in Montpellier Quarter delve into the cultural significance of the town’s natural mineral springs.

You can’t visit Yorkshire without visiting York. Founded by the Romans, the architecture is a sight to see. York Minster is a large, gothic cathedral that positively looms over York, while the fortified York Castle has a popular walking route, with guests meandering through its medieval walls and roaming the halls of York Castle Museum.

Then there are the North Yorkshire Moors, which are unmissable and teeming with quaint, historic villages, wooded river valleys, trickling streams and awe inspiring religious ruins. A lot of the time in this often-misty, historically and culturally dense county, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into an Emily Brontë novel.