Best Indoor Attractions to Visit with a Dog

Are you looking forward to taking a holiday with the pack this year? With the unpredictable British weather, we’re lucky that so many of the UK’s indoor attractions welcome Fido for a fun-filled family day out. From castles and keeps, to cruises and caves, here are some of our favourite dog-friendly days out under cover.

Bodmin Keep, Cornwall 

Dog friendly attraction Bodmin Keep
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While in Cornwall, you can visit its most famous attraction – the Eden Project – which welcomes dogs these days, but there aren’t that many indoor spaces where you can hang out with your hound. Much better on a rainy day then, to head to Bodmin Keep, where dogs are welcome throughout. A fascinating foray into Cornwall’s military history, here you can handle battle weapons, discover life in the trenches, see over 1,200 military exhibits, and join interactive workshops. Please pre-book, especially at busy times. 

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National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Swansea

The National Show Caves in Wales
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Take cover in a 10-mile underground cave system that’s often dubbed one of the UK’s finest natural wonders. To set tails wagging, there are three stunning caves, a dinosaur park (with 220 life-sized dinosaur models), and a museum for you and your dog to enjoy. The National Showcaves Centre is a wonderful dog-friendly day out whatever the weather in Powys, and is easily accessible from other areas of Mid Wales and South Wales.

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Windermere Lake Cruise, Cumbria 

Windermere Lake Cruises
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From its wooded valleys to its rugged peaks, the Lake District is one of our top dog-friendly destinations. And while there is endless Lakeland scenery to explore under foot and paw, when rain stops play, one of the best ways to get a close-up view of the scenery is by boat. Windermere Lake Cruises welcomes dogs aboard all of its trips, so the whole family can castaway on England’s largest lake, and paws for delicious food in one of the dog-friendly waterside cafés.

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Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk 

dog and owner on Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk 
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Letting the train take the strain while you shelter from the Norfolk weather and watch the views roll by, is one of our favourite ways to explore with the dog on rainy days. Especially when so many of the UK’s railway lines include stops at stunning locations for walkies when there’s a break in the storm. The Bure Valley narrow gauge railway crosses the Norfolk Broads, with lots of stops in picturesque riverside villages, and there are even two resident Spaniels that often come along for the ride. 

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Ryedale Folk Museum, Yorkshire

ryedale folk museum
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Boasting the North York Moors National Park, dog-friendly Whitby and the delights of the North York Moors Railway, there’s no shortage of appeal for a dog-friendly break in North Yorkshire. But what to do in bad weather? Squirrelled away in the pretty village of Hutton-le Hole, Ryedale Folk Museum takes you on a journey of rural life from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Dogs are allowed everywhere, so you won’t miss out on looking around any of the 20 buildings, and can even visit the Daylight Photographic Studio, where you can dress up and take a selfie.

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Shaftesbury Gold Hill Museum, Dorset

Gold Hill, Dorset

Proof that not all museums prohibit dogs, paws are welcome in this modern museum set atop the picturesque Gold Hill that’s famous for the Hovis ‘Boy on a Bike’ advert. As well as eight galleries telling the story of Dorset’s rural and town life, featuring its oldest fire engine, there’s also an award-winning cottage garden with mesmerising views over Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale. 

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Great Orme Mines, Llandudno

Great Orme Mines
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Tunnel into the history of Wales at the 4,000-year-old Great Orme Copper Mines near Llandudno. One of the best dog-friendly attractions in the country, it welcomes dogs everywhere on site, including the underground tunnels – which make up part of what is now believed to be the biggest prehistoric mine in the world.

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Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance

dog-friendly Newlyn Art Gallery
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While most art galleries decline your doggie at the door, this pair of creative venues, just 2km apart, welcome canine companions to browse a wide variety of contemporary art. Being beside the seaside in Cornwall, we’d suggest wearing a raincoat and braving the weather on a stroll between the two, and you can always duck into a dog-friendly café and watch the storms scud in over Mounts Bay if you need to take shelter en route.

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Afternoon Tea at Metrodeco, Brighton

Metrodeco’s Tea and Tarot. Photo courtesy of Metrodeco.

We’ve made no secret of the fact that Brighton is one of our top dog-friendly cities to visit. Brimming with shops, attractions and eateries that welcome your four-legged friends, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is throwing your way. After a ride on the seafront electric railway, linger in Metrodeco for a glam afternoon tea with your dog, and you can even book a Tarot card reading, too.

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The Big Barn, East Sussex

Dog agility training at the Big Barn
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Are you and your pooch looking to let off steam while you’re on holiday in East Sussex, but can’t face the weather? As its name suggests, the Big Barn is a huge indoor area, and it’s filled with obstacles, toys, ramps and all sorts of waggy-tailed challenges to ensure lots of fun with Fido. If the weather takes a turn for the better, there are also fully fenced outdoor spaces plus a splash zone where your dog can cool off. 

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Book Your Dog-Friendly Holiday 

Now you’re ready to book a pooch-friendly break whatever the weather has in store this year, take a look at our collection of dog-friendly retreats in stunning locations throughout the UK. 

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