Top Dog Friendly Attractions in Norfolk

Norfolk is a fantastic destination for a holiday with a dog. There are so many dog-friendly great places to stay in Norfolk, as well as fantastic beaches and attractions where dogs are most welcome. These top destinations are among the best dog-friendly attractions in Norfolk.

1. SNETTISHAM NATURE RESERVE

 A must see RSPB attraction for all nature lovers Snettisham is home to many, many bird species and is a twitcher’s dream. The reserve consists of a variety of coastal habitats including lagoons, tidal mudflats, shingle beach and saltmarshes. The RSPB have a  the biggest high tides from late summer onwards, tens of thousands of wading birds take flight as the incoming tide pushes them off the vast mudflats. Dogs are permitted but there are obvious restrictions due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats there. Dogs must be on leads at all times and there are actually dog-friendly walking routes for you and your pooch to enjoy. 

2. BURE VALLEY RAILWAY

What could be more beautiful and picturesque than a steam train ride through the Norfolk broads. Climb aboard Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Broads. The 18 mile round trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the beautiful River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. Dogs are very welcome by Bure Valley, there are even two resident spaniels, Henry and Millie who keep everyone entertained. Dogs are welcome on all timetabled service trains and to walk beside the line with their owners. However check the calendar as they are unable to take dogs, except assistance dogs, during certain special events. Dogs are also welcome in all public areas of the railway, including the Cafe.

3. HOLKHAM BEACH

There are so many stunning beaches to explore in Norfolk. One of our favoruites is Holkham. With miles and miles of golden sands, especially at Low Tide if you time it right, there are often many, many dog walkers enjoying the space and scenery. All that is asked of you on a visit to Holkham beach is to respect the costal code: 

-Keep dogs on a lead or under close control and ensure you clean up after your dog and use the bins provided.

-Reduce erosion by keeping to paths and established paths.

-Avoid disturbing birds and other animals. Birds that live on the beach are particularly at risk.

-Leave wild flowers for others to enjoy.

-Play and sit on the beach, not the dunes.

-Do not dig in the dunes.

-Use your bicycle but please stick to authorised routes.

-Please take your litter home.

4. BEANS BOAT TRIPS

Another one for nature lovers and a chance to see if your four legged family members have their sea legs! A trip on beans Boats to the Blakeney Seals gives a respectful and rare opportunity to get ‘up close and personal ’ to the resident Grey seal and Common Seal colonies without causing disturbance.

They have five un-missable custom boats based from Morston. The trips take you up Morston Creek and out into Blakeney Harbour. The crew are well versed in all the local wildlife and history talking you through all the bird species you will spot as well as something of the local folklore. They run for most of the year time and tide allowing (be sure to see the timetable and book ahead if possible). Well behaved dogs are permitted if kept on a lead and under control and they ask you to be considerate of fellow passengers. We also happen to love this as our team dog here is also called Bean! 

5. CROMER PIER

When we think if traditional British coastline we think of iconic Victorian piers – they don’t come much more beautiful than this heritage listed beauty at Cromer beach. There is even a theatre at the end of the promenade. In the summer dogs are not permitted on Cromer beach itself but are allowed on the promenade year round. You will often find children and adults alike lining up to crab from he edge of the pier in the warmer months. It’s a wonderful place to take in the views or crag a snack, a coffee or an ice cream while you are exploring. 

These are just a few of the delights you can experience with your four legged friends on a visit to Norfolk – if you have more to keep adding to our list please do drop us a line. Norfolk is such a dog friendly and welcoming destination and a beautiful place to take your furry friends on a much needed break.

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  1. Dee Weston

    Thank you so much for the details of dog friendly places to visit in Norfolk. For several years we’ve wanted to visit the area but Covid and other problems prevented us from booking anything. I can’t book a winter visit but plan now to arrange something for April or May. Thank you again for all the interesting mails you send…..Norfolk is certainly our first plan for this year. (2022) best regards Dee Weston

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