10 Must-See Dog-Friendly Destinations in Norfolk
Norfolk is a fantastic dog-friendly holiday destination. With its beautiful beaches, wonderful waterways, fantastic forests and first-class tourist attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do with your pooch during your time away in Norfolk. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten must-see dog-friendly destinations in Norfolk.
1. Blakeney Point
Here you can walk along the beach, build sandcastles, go seal spotting along the shore, or take a boat trip to explore the area from the water. Blakeney Point is a National Nature Reserve on Norfolk’s north coast, and it’s home to England’s largest grey seal colony. It’s a spectacular landscape of shingle beach and sand dunes, as well as salt marshes, tidal mudflats and reclaimed farmland. Dogs on leads are welcome from Autumn to early Spring, although they are not allowed in the area from 1st April to 15th August due to nesting birds.
This RSPB nature reserve is a great place for birdwatching across the vast tidal marshes and mudflats. Well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed into the reserve, where long, scenic walks can be enjoyed. The west-facing Snettisham shoreline is also popular as one of the only places in Norfolk where you can watch the sunset over the sea.
3. Holkham Hall
Explore the grounds, woodlands and nearby beach at this vast country estate on Norfolk’s north coast. While dogs are not allowed inside Holkham Hall, you can enjoy stunning views of this impressive 18th Century stately home as you walk around the park. It’s advisable to have your dog on a lead since wildlife and deer freely roam the area. At Holkham Bay, you and your dog can roam free on golden sands which stretch for miles along the coast.
4. Cromer Pier
This iconic Victorian pier offers a traditional taste of the seaside in this pretty coastal town. While dogs are not allowed on Cromer beach during the summer, they are welcome on the promenade and Cromer Pier which affords great views of the Norfolk coast. It’s a great place to grab a snack or ice cream and soak up the view. In the summer, the pier comes alive with daily shows and entertainment.
5. Bacton Woods
Get a breath of fresh air among the trees in these 280-acre woodlands. Bacton Woods is home to 200-year-old oaks and 30 other tree species. There are three main pathways to explore through the woods with your kids and pets. Combine the woods with a visit to the historic market town of North Walsham, where you’ll find many dog-friendly places to eat.
6. Thetford Forest Park
Enjoy another arboreal adventure at Thetford Forest Park. Take in the majestic scenery of pine trees and heathland as you stroll through the natural surroundings with your four-legged friend. As the largest lowland pine forest in the whole of England, there are many miles of marked trails to explore. Don’t miss the Future Forests sculptural installations around High Lodge.
This small town is one of Norfolk’s most beautiful. Take a stroll along the quayside and wander around the leafy Georgian square and streets. Then walk through the shady pine trees to the sandy beach with its iconic, multi-coloured beach huts. Pets will love the wide-open space and the gently lapping waves of the sea. Many of the nearby cafés and pubs welcome dogs, so you can take a quick bite to refuel during a long day in this beautiful seaside destination.
8. Bure Valley Railway
Hop on board a steam train with your dog for a nostalgic trip on this narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and scenic Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The Bure Valley Railway passes through green meadows and pastureland as it follows the meandering path of the River Bure. The train halts at several picturesque villages where you can hop off to explore by foot before reboarding the train later.
9. Salhouse Broad
You can walk, swim and take a boat trip around Salhouse Broad, which is considered one of the most picturesque of the Norfolk Broads. You can even hire an open-top canoe if you and your dog are feeling particularly adventurous. The nearby villages have several pet-friendly pubs and tearooms for delicious food and drink.
10. Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Animal lovers should head over to the Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham. At this dog-friendly attraction, you can meet the horses, ponies and donkeys that have been rehomed at this rescue centre. The sanctuary cares for over 50 animals that have been abandoned, mistreated or neglected by their previous owners. Understandably, Redwings has become one of Norfolk’s most popular family attractions.
Stay With Your Dog in Norfolk
This is just a shortlist of great places to visit with dogs while on holiday in Norfolk. There are many more to discover for yourself while you are here. If you’re planning a trip to this wonderful county this year, please browse our dog-friendly holiday accommodation in Norfolk.