April is National Pet Month so it’s the perfect time to tell you more about where you and your four-legged friends can hang out in Bournemouth!

We know that many of you come here for our unbeatable sandy beaches and breath-taking views, and we don’t just mean humans. Dogs go mad for playtime by the seaside and until 1 May, they’re free to enjoy the full stretch of our seven-mile coastline. Between 1 May and 30 September, they need to go back on the lead and keep to the prom and paths but there are four specially designated areas where they’re allowed to ‘let their fur down’. You can find out more about these locations here.

If you’re coming from further afield and planning a spring break or summer holiday here, you’ll find lots of places to stay that welcome dogs. Bournemouth’s very own Beach Lodges have room for up to six people, a mezzanine floor, galley kitchen and folding doors onto a decked balcony and magnificent sea views. And best of all, five of the lodges can accommodate dogs.

For a list of dog-friendly hotels along our coastline, read the Coastal BID’s list of pooch-approved places. Some of our favourites are the Hallmark Bournemouth East Cliff, the Suncliff Hotel, the Ramada Encore Hotel and the Hilton Bournemouth which even offers little doggie treats for its guests!

Boscombe is known for its active seafront, with an outdoor multi-gym and surf schools, and the nearby, dog-friendly Urban Beach Hotel has boutique charm just a five-minute walk from the sand. Part of the same group of local hospitality experts, Urban Reef is a seafront bar, café, deli and restaurant in a prime location on the prom, serving as a welcome pit-stop during a brisk ‘walkies’.

The nearby Neptune Harvester and, back at the Bournemouth end of the prom, Harry Ramsden’s and Key West are also happy for you to dine in with your dog.

A short drive or a good walk up the cliff and you’ll find yourself in Westbourne, one of our quaint coastal villages. Full of independent boutiques and trendy eateries, Westbourne is full of interest and great for exploring. Pet-friendly places to re-fuel include the Libertine, Camden and Circo Lounge and if you really like area, consider a paw-some stay at the Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments who would be happy to host you and your canine bestie.

So, this Pet Month, why not show your paw-fect pooch just how special they are by visiting a dog-friendly destination and booking a trip to Bournemouth?


Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth Beach

Whatever you want from a day at the beach, you'll find it all here. Whether it's chilling on a deckchair, strolling along traditional seaside piers, relaxing in a hired beach hut or just admiring miles of breath-taking coast!

Bournemouth Beach Lodges
Exterior of the Beach Lodges

Stunning, contemporary Lodges, situated on elevated decking just a few steps away from the soft, beautiful sands of Bournemouth beach, offering picturesque uninterrupted sea views

Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff
Hallmark Hotel East Cliff Bournemouth Pool

If you need a hotel in Bournemouth which offers spectacular sea views, a bright, modern interior and fantastic facilities then the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff is the hotel for you.

The Suncliff Hotel
The Suncliff Hotel Oceana Bournemouth Exterior

Located on the seafront overlooking Bournemouth Bay. Situated on Bournemouth’s prestigious East Cliff, this premier hotel is within easy walking distance of stunning blue flag beaches, award winning gardens and the vibrant town centre.

Holiday Inn Bournemouth
Sign outside hotel

The Ramada Encore Hotel offers a fresh concept, whether for business or pleasure we provide contemporary and comfortable accommodation on England’s South Coast.

Hilton Bournemouth
Hilton Bournemouth Exterior

Hilton Bournemouth boasts an ideal location just five minutes' walk from the town's beautiful beach and promenade. This modern hotel is within easy reach of the bustling town centre and the BIC.

Urban Beach Hotel
Modern style double room with a champagne welcome

The Urban Beach is a small boutique hotel and bistro located just a few minutes walk from the beach.

Urban Reef
Urban Ree's logo on the front of the restaurant in Bournemouth

Funky tunes, quality papers & magazines, surrounded by fresh produce and an amazing view

The Neptune - Harvester
Harvester Restaurant Bournemouth Pub Dinner Ribs

Welcome to The Neptune, Harvester restaurant in Boscombe. Here you will find our famous grills and salads; we serve real food fresh, fun and full of flavour.

Harry Ramsden's
Harry Ramsdens Bournemouth Bar Area Inside

Harry Ramsden’s is proud to be the World's Largest Fish and Chip Restaurant - Majestically located atop the town’s award winning beaches.

Key West Restaurant
Key West restaurant outside chips and wine

Key West Restaurant is situated on the end of Bournemouth Pier, giving it unrivalled 300 degree panoramic views across the bay.

Riviera Hotel and Holiday Apartments
Sun shining through the window into a well presented double room

Set in the heart of Alum Chine, only two minutes’ walk from the Alum Chine Blue Flag beaches, the Riviera Holiday Apartments provide the comfort, privacy and freedom of your own home with all the services of a hotel.



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