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For visitors and locals alike, who doesn’t love exploring Norwich? Especially during a time of year where stunning seasonal produce is showcased all across restaurants, cafes, and eateries in the city of Norwich. Delicious local ales, beers, wines and spirits fill the pubs and bars, whilst our independent stores are full of unique gifts and the latest seasonal clothing from up-and-coming designers.
And who says the family pooch can’t get involved in the fun? There are plenty of dog-friendly venues for you and the pup to enjoy in Norwich, from restaurants and bars, to country parks and even hotels! Here’s our rundown of some of the best dog-friendly places in Norwich.
Offering stunning, spacious views over the Norwich skyline, Mousehold Heath is a favourite amongst local dog walkers. Just a short walk away from the grounds of Norwich Cathedral (another dog-friendly spot in the heart of Norwich, but we’ll get to that in a minute!), Mousehold Heath boasts over 184 acres of woodland and walkways for you to enjoy. The area is rich in wildlife and locally is very well known for its significance during Kett’s Rebellion in 1549.
A beautifully kept heritage park and one of Norwich’s most historic public sites, Eaton Park has been serving the people of Norwich for nearly a century. A true community space and popular haunt for locals, Eaton Park offers a plethora of truly great activities for all ages. Enjoy the large model boating lake, tennis courts, or just simply take a stroll around this beautiful 80-acre park. Plenty of new experiences and smells for your pup to enjoy! After a day of exploring the park, enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat at the Eaton Park Café, right in the centre of the park. Dogs are welcome here too!
All are welcome at Norwich Cathedral. Visitors of all faiths and none – and dogs! This magnificent Romanesque cathedral boasts the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England, as well as beautifully-kept grounds for you to enjoy. Once you have finished exploring The Cloisters and The Labyrinth with your pooch, head out to discover The Close – a 44-acre haven surrounding the Cathedral. Explore large green spaces, over 80 listed buildings and stunning riverside walks around the picturesque Pulls Ferry and Cow Tower.
A world-class museum of art from around the world, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts houses some of the most ground-breaking displays and exhibitions in the UK. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t permitted in the Sainsbury Centre (although we’d love to hear their thoughts on the two new temporary exhibitions!), but are welcome at the Sculpture Park – 350 acres of attractive parkland open to everyone. Situated on the grounds of the University of East Anglia (UEA), visitors can explore art, architecture and the natural environment. Enjoy important works by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick, Liliane Lijn and Antony Gormley. Make sure to take a walk around the University Broad and Yare River Valley too, a perfect outdoor adventure for you and your pup!
Yalm Foodhall in the historic Royal Arcade offers a unique all-day dining experience right in the city centre. Order from eight creative and independent kitchens serving up a range of unique dishes and drinks for any occasion. From healthy brunch and indulgent desserts, to family dining and cocktails for two.
The stunning venue, which includes a ground floor cafe bar, first floor restaurant (and private dining room!), is also dog friendly. So, you can invite your four-legged friend to join you for lunch too! No need to book a table – simply turn up, find a cosy spot and order through the app or directly from the vendors. Your food will be brought straight to your table. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some sensational food.
Dog water bowls available.
This unique city centre venue is renowned for its brilliant shows and ever-popular bar. As well as its incredible range of local drinks and the ‘Ceilingopolis’ above the bar, Norwich Playhouse boasts a stunning riverside terrace that stays open until 11pm. Dogs on leads are welcome in both the Playhouse Bar and outdoor terrace area.
A garden adorned with multi-coloured lights and a warm inside complete with comfy tables and chairs, you and your pooch will feel welcome at this bar. For those colder days, the Playhouse even offer hot water bottles and a huge range of teas to choose from!
If you’re looking for a sweet treat for both you and your pup, look no further than The Cuppie Hut. In their welcoming shop on St Giles Street, you can find a delicious range of bakes, and even treat your companion to a dog-friendly cupcake, complete with a treat on top!
A delightful pick-me-up on those days filled with plenty of walking, the only difficulty will be deciding what to have! Open from 10:30am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday, make sure you pop in and say hello, although all the attention may be on your furred friend!
Give yourself a rest from the walking, enjoy good vegan food, and have your dog with you, all at The Tipsy Vegan! Here, you can enjoy a tasty range of small or large plates, meaning you can tailor your order to exactly what you want and enjoy alone or with others! Everything that comes out The Tipsy Vegan’s doors is, you guessed it, completely vegan, so everyone can dine!
If you’re looking for a good place to enjoy some social drinks, they’ve got that covered too, with a carefully designed drinks menu to impress everyone, with low and no alcohol versions readily available.
Dogs are welcome at The Tipsy Vegan, but there is a designated area for this, so you’ll have to let them know you plan on bringing your four-legged friend beforehand in your reservation!
One of Norwich’s most-loved pubs, The Garnet has been serving locals and visitors since 1861. This stunning venue boasts three floors packed full of history and personality, and incredible views of Norwich Market for those sitting on the top floor. With a hand-picked menu of local ales, beers, wines and ciders, The Garnet is a favourite amongst those looking for great quality, locally-sourced drinks. As well as fantastic local drinks, The Garnet has a delicious food menu with small plates and sharing platters.
If you’re in more of a shopping mood, why not check out The Garnet Stores and Supplies next door? Filled with local beers, ales, wines, condiments, homeware, and teas & coffees, you’re sure to find something to take home here! Pop in for a beer and a bite to eat with your pooch, or for a quick browse, either way, it’s bound to be a good visit.
The Maids Head is a stunning 4-star hotel known to be the oldest hotel in the UK, with a history dating back more than 800 years! And it’s certainly come a long way in those 800 years, now boasting 84 stylish bedrooms and suites, and a 2 AA Rosettes Restaurant, The Winepress. And for a little extra per stay, a comfy dog bed and bowl of water will be provided on arrival for your pooch, so they can join in on the fun (maximum of 2 dogs per room). Dog friendly rooms are limited and must be booked in advance.
The Norfolk Mead Hotel – a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed country house set in 8 acres of private grounds within the Broads National Park. Enjoy stunning rooms, delicious food, and peaceful walks around the grounds. They even have their own private boat, offering tours of the River Bure and surrounding Broads. Guests with dogs can stay in the stunning Juniper or Crab Apple suites, or the Sweet Chestnut cottage, which sleeps up to four guests.
A 3 star Country House Hotel just outside of Norwich, the Stower Grange is a perfect base for exploring the city and Norfolk with your canine pal. It boasts an AA-Rosette restaurant, a bar, and has 11 well-appointed bedrooms. Plus, it’s own lovely grounds make for an ideal short walk with your dog to enjoy.