A holiday just isn’t the same without your four-legged friend by your side, and Pembrokeshire is the ultimate dog-friendly destination. With beautiful beaches, miles of coast path, and dog-friendly days out galore, make Pembrokeshire your next staycation with your best friend in tow! Here’s our list of must-dos for the furrier members of the family while you’re here.
Leave pawprints in the sand
Pembrokeshire is famous for its beaches, ranging from golden expanses of sand to hidden coves. Your dog will love every one of them! With endless rock pools to explore, seaweed to sniff, and shallows to paddle in, a day at the beach in Pembrokeshire is a dog’s heaven.
A small number of beaches don’t allow dogs between May and September, the most local one to St Davids being Whitesands. But don’t let that put you off! It means you can avoid the crowds and discover the beaches less trodden in the summer months.
There are plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in Pembrokeshire. Let your dog snooze under the table while you enjoy beautiful local food. The Bishops in St Davids offer fantastic pub grub and local seafood specials, or head to Pilgrims Cafe for brunch! Find our favourite dog-friendly pubs here.
Browse the independent shops
St Davids is packed with independent shops selling beautiful wares. From locally produced soap to outdoor gear that will help you make the most of your time on the coast.
Most of them welcome well-behaved pooches on leads. The only thing you have to watch out for is the number of treats they’ll be offered! But there’s no such thing as ‘too dog-friendly’ right? Head into TYF Adventure for eco dog accessories like leads and portable dog bowls that are easy on the environment.
Sample local delights
Pembrokeshire is a foodie’s heaven, and there’s no reason why your dog should miss out! The Bench Ice Cream Parlour serves up dog-friendly ice cream in flavours like Maple Bacon (sounds pretty good to us!) so be sure to pay them a visit.
A bit further afield and well worth the journey is The Swan Inn in Little Haven, where your four-legged friend can enjoy their very own roast dinner after a run on the beach.
Take in some history
Pembrokeshire’s rich history is plain to see almost everywhere you go here, and nowhere more so than St Davids. St Davids Cathedral is the focal point of the city and is a must-visit. While dogs aren’t allowed in the Cathedral itself (nominate a family member to sit outside with ice cream!) the neighbouring Bishops Palace is dog friendly. The ruins tell an incredible story, and in the summer months make sure to see an outdoor Shakespeare play there.
Walk the coast path
With 186 miles of stunning views, amazing wildlife, and dramatic seas to look at, the Pembrokeshire coast path is the ultimate must-do while you’re here. Your pooch will love it just as much as you will, and we can guarantee that all the sea air will make them snooze all evening! Have a look at some of our favourite walks in Pembrokeshire here.
Find all four sea legs
Once you’ve experienced the Pembrokeshire coast from the path, it’s time to hit the water. Book a boat trip around Ramsey Island with Thousand Islands and introduce your dog to the high seas. It’s a wonderful way to learn more about the wildlife and geology in the area for you, and for your pooch to feel the sea air in their ears!
Snooze in style
After a day of experiencing all that dog-friendly Pembrokeshire has to offer, it’s time to snuggle up in your cosy cottage on the coast. There’s nothing quite like sipping a glass of wine and relaxing to the sound of soft snores coming from your dog curled up in front of the log burner.