Dog-friendly things to do in York

When you book a SuPaw stay at our dog-friendly York hotel, you’ll never be short of things to do with your pup. We’ve compiled some of the best things to get up to for a paw-some time.


There are lots of dog walks in York just on our doorstep, with many delightful parks and cultural places to explore with your pooch.

The Original Ghost Walk of York: 10 minute drive
Dive into Yorks past with a spooky evening stroll, discovering the history and mystery of this bustling city.

Museum Gardens, York: 13 minutes drive
These registered botanical gardens provide a gorgeous green space in the city, but remember to keep your furry friend on their lead. Conveniently located by the River Ouse for a longer walk.

The Knavesmire (Racecourse): 19 minute drive
Well-behaved pups can release some energy as they run and play off-lead on the track or grass. Be sure to pick them up a treat from the van!

Castle Howard: 20 minute drive
Welcoming four-legged friends with open arms to explore the beautiful grounds, they even provide free water and bones in the farm shop when available.

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard: 20 minute drive
A whopping 120 acres of woodland with lakes, meadows, and off lead areas to release some energy. Kick back with a drink for you and pooch at the cafe, outside seats only.

Dalby Forest: 39 minute drive
Choose from 13 exciting walking routes, including a Gruffalo trail and activity pack for the little ones.

Coast: 60-70 minute drive
Combine your city break with a coastal visit to enjoy the best of both worlds. Our favourite dog-friendly locations include Flamborough Head, Runswick Bay, Robin Hoods Bay, and Whitby.


When you stay at our pet-friendly hotel in York, you’re not just restricted to walks! Here are some of the attractions ready to welcome you.

Murton Park, Murton: 7 minute drive
Combining history and fun, this open air attraction houses the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Derwent Valley Light Railway.

York Maze, Elvington: 9 minute drive
Solve the largest maze in the country and experience a fun-filled day out for all the family.

Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington: 10 minute drive
Discover the history of aviation on the former site of RAF Elvington, an airfield used by the Allied Bombers in WWII.

York City Cruises, York: 13 minute drive
Set sail with your pooch on board a sightseeing tour down the River Ouse, or try your hand at self-driving a motor boat.

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens: 20 minute drive
Take your four-legged friend through this gorgeous National Trust Estate, visiting formal gardens, the brewhouse and the shop.

Wolds Way Lavender, Malton: 28 minute drive
From tranquil lavender gardens to fun football golf, there’s always something more to do on this unique day out.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering: 31 minute drive
One of the world’s greatest heritage railways, take your pup on a ride through the scenic North Yorkshire Moors.

Wharram Percy, Malton: 37 minute drive
Delve into the history of one of the largest and best preserved deserted medieval villages in Britain.


Dog-friendly cafés and restaurants

Treat your furry friend to a kibble-free meal in the heart of York.

Pairings Wine Bar, York
Sample fine wines, local ales, and cocktails paired with quality cheese and charcuterie boards. Dogs are welcome in the front area of the bar up until 6pm daily.

Plonkers Wine Bar, York
Family run, riverside bar offering homemade food with generous portions alongside beers, wines and spirits.

Shambles Food Court, York
This outdoor street food market features a range of cuisines, and many stalls get rave reviews. Perfect for when everyone’s craving something different!

Spark: York
Converted shipping containers form a collection of shops, eateries and bars, it’ll be hard to choose just one meal! Dogs are welcome outside, but it can get busy.

The Balloon Tree Farm Shop and Café, Stamford Bridge: 10 minute drive
Well-behaved pooches can chill with their owners in the lovely garden cafe. Make the most of your visit by feeding the animals or picking your own fruit in summer.

Perky Peacock, York
A quirky yet beautiful cafe set in a medieval tower on the city walls, their homemade cakes are delicious.

FortyFive Vinyl, York
Admire clean vinyl sounds at this laid-back cafe, serving fuss-free food alongside a range of wines, beers and hot drinks. You’ve got to try a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ambiente, York
Tapas bar serving mouth-watering dishes for all diets, paired with a Spanish inspired drinks menu. Four legged friends welcome in the bar.

After a fun day of exploring with your four legged friend, you’ll be sure to have a great sleep in one of our dog-friendly rooms. Which attraction will your pooch go barking for?

Please note walk and drive timings are only guidance and may differ depending on when you are travelling, and public transport options are also available. All information was correct at the time of writing, please check with each venue/location before setting off to avoid disappointment.