Is Cheshire the most dog-friendly county? With an abundance of working dogs in the countryside, it certainly has a shared history with our furry friends, and hospitality operators are keen to make the place as dog friendly as possible – whether that’s a fireside bed in a pub, a special puppy menu, or a luxury canine hamper.

Visit Cheshire’s campaign #ourcheshirefamily is making sure we don’t forget our fur-babies summer days out. The team has sniffed out which of the county’s dog-friendly spots go the extra mile for our pup’s enjoyment.

 A roast dinner and a warm bed at a Nelson Hotel

A family collection of dog-friendly Cheshire hotels and Inns, including The Bear’s Paw and The Pheasant Inn, provide speciality doggie packs, including a bed and treats. Dogs are welcome to join humans for dinner with ‘Sir Woofchesters’ menu, where choices are Doggy Tapas, Fish and Chips, or Chicken Roast Dinner, accompanied by a refreshing Bark Brew Dog Beer.

The Pheasant Inn, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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An ice cream drive-in with your pooch

The world’s only ice cream drive-in welcomes dogs, too, at Cheshire’s Ice Cream Farm. Along with Cheshire Farm Ice Cream for humans, there are Cool Dog ice creams to keep hounds refreshed in the summer sunshine.

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Forest fun at Delamere

Delamere Forest is an ideal destination for four-legged friends and two-legged family members who are keen to walk their forest trails. There are three way-marked trails to explore taking in the meres and spectacular views over seven counties at the top of Old Pale. The café has got refreshments covered with dog-friendly ice cream and a puppucinno on the menu.

Delamere Forest Cafe, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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Doggy pick-n-mix, paw-secco and a spa day at Blakemere

Blakemere is the perfect start or finish to a good walk and a very dog-friendly site. Pet shop Ginger and Browns offers a wide variety of locally sourced products, including doggy pick-n-mix, ice-cream and even paw-secco. The shop has recently opened a spa offering grooming treatments and paw-dicures, too. 

Blakemere Village, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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Go off the beaten track at Tatton Park

Tatton Park, the home of Dog Fest and The Fun Dog Show, is 1,000 acres of dog heaven. There‘s the chance to wander freely near the Mere or pop into ‘Dog Wood’. Even the farm welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads to meet other animals such as Tabitha, the middle white pig, or Sensation, the Clydesdale horse. Refreshments in the stable yard include refillable water bowls and Frozzy dog ice cream. Dirty dogs can visit Waggy Washes – like an automatic car wash, but more fun.

Fun Dog Show at Tatton Park Farm

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Waggy tails at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford

Beloved pets have not only their own comfortable bed at Cottons Hotel and Spa, but a snug towel, fresh water, food bowls, toys, blankets, ball throwers and personalised biscuits. The dog-friendly rooms have their own entrance on the ground floor and 50% of the dog surcharge is donated to the Dogs Trust.

Cottons Hotel & Spa, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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Darcy-loving dogs and doggy doorbells

More walking fun at Lyme Park’s 1400 acres – did you know it is the home of the Lyme Mastiff, a breed that was often gifted to royalty? Darcy-loving dog walkers looking for a bite to eat or an ice-cream, can press the doggy doorbell at the Timber Yard Café for service. And those looking for a respite from the rain or shade from the sun can sit in the recently opened Muddy Paws welcome seating area next door, which has as a selection of pre-loved books to peruse.

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Take tea at Rookery Hall

A royal welcome awaits at Rookery Hall, which invites dogs to take the most British of traditions, afternoon tea, with their distinguished owners. Dogs can even have a sleepover afterwards in a dog-friendly bedroom, with access to the expansive grounds or courtyards.

Rookery Hall, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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Combermere Abbey holiday cottages

The dog friendly self-catering cottages at 12th-century estate Combermere Abbey sleep between 4-10 people and are the ideal luxury break for a pampering. They are all dog-friendly and each pet gets treated to their very own ‘pooch pack’ on arrival. Each cottage has its own garden, ideal for private picnics and BBQs.

Combermere Abbey, Cheshire - Dog Friendly

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A gourmet treat and polo in Chester

Chester has more than 60 restaurants and cafes that invite dogs inside and a further 20 that welcome them on alfresco terraces.  For a post-lunch walk, Chester’s green spaces include the Roman Gardens, Grosvenor Park, The Groves, or they can go for a gallop at Chester Racecourse. Although dogs aren’t allowed at race meets, they are welcome at the regular polo matches in the summertime.

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The Pheasant Inn
The Pheasant Inn

Tucked in a peaceful corner of rural Cheshire, yet sitting high atop the Peckforton Hills, The Pheasant enjoys some of the most magnificent panoramic views in the area stretching across the Cheshire plain to the Welsh hills.

The Bear's Paw Inn
bears paw,valentines,dinner

The Bear’s Paw is a delightful 19th century inn located in the heart of Cheshire. Nestled in the charming village of Warmingham, this charming 5-star property is conveniently placed between the major market towns of Sandbach, Middlewich and Crewe, and easily accessible from the M6.

Delamere Forest
Delamere Forest

Enjoy a fun day out in Cheshire’s largest woodland! Located between Liverpool and Manchester, Delamere Forest provides a stunning setting for your next family adventure.

The Ice Cream Farm
The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire

Set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside between Beeston and Peckforton Castles, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing hundreds and thousands of visitors every year!

Blakemere Village
Shop / Shopping Centre
Play area at Blakemere Village

Situated in the heart of Cheshire just outside Chester, Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of independent shops, built in and around a stunning Edwardian stable block.

Tatton Park
Historic House / Palace
Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park

Tatton Park’s ancient Parkland is just waiting to be explored.

Cottons Hotel & Spa
Guest bedrooms furnished to a high standard at Cottons Hotel & Spa

Staying at Cottons Hotel and Spa, guests are perfectly placed to venture further afield to cities of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool and even an overnight stay before heading off from Manchester Airport too.

Lyme (NT)
Historic House / Palace
©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years.

Combermere Abbey Cottages
Stunning view of Combermere Abbey Cottages

The Combermere Abbey estate is one of the Northwest’s historic gems – 1000 acres of stunning ancient parkland, woods and a large mere. With almost 900 years of history, the historic buildings and landscape both inspire and captivate its visitors.

Chester Racecourse
Event Venue
Race fixtures throughout the year at Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse is the oldest Racecourse in Britain & the oldest in the world still in operation.



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