Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Whitstable
Just short drive from Canterbury and a stick’s throw from Herne Bay, Whitstable is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on the north Kent coast. Book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Whitstable and you’ll find yourself in the perfect position to explore the best the area has to offer. From sandy beaches and country walks, to historic towns and rugged ruins, your dog will find plenty to keep them occupied!
For a taste of the traditional British seaside, take your pooch down to Whitstable West Beach. You won’t find much in the way of beachside entertainment; this is a quiet stretch of shingle, almost completely unspoilt and ready to offer your four-legged friend a variety of scents to follow and holes to dig! It’s open to dogs all year round, giving you the opportunity for strolling in the sunshine or taking a bracing walk in the winter.
With all that sea air, you’re likely to work up an appetite! Whitstable has some superb places to eat, where your furry friend will be as welcome as you are. For a quiet cuppa or a light bite, the Windy Corner Stores is just the ticket. Your pooch can sit inside, while you grab a coffee and one of their homemade cakes. Whitstable is also home to that rare thing: a restaurant that accommodates dogs! Birdies Bistro offers casual dining in relaxed surroundings. Afterwards, pop into The Old Neptune for a cheeky tipple by the sea.
Dog-friendly things to do
Whitstable’s location makes it an outstanding base from which to have a sniff around north Kent. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve put together some of our favourite dog-friendly destinations:
Richborough Roman Fort
Travel east by car for about 30 minutes and you’ll find Richborough. Thought to be where the Romans first landed in Britain, and where they finally left from too, there are ancient walls, expansive grounds and even the remains of an amphitheatre. Dogs must be on leads.
Spa Valley Railway
Tunbridge Wells is only an hour away and where you can hop aboard the Spa Valley Railway. You and your doggy chum can ride a steam train, which will take you through the stunning scenery of High Weald. With options to dine on board and some excellent stop-offs along the route, it’s an easy way to spend a day.
Just a short walk from the centre of town, Duncan Down is the perfect place for your dog to let off some steam! Covering over 60 acres, it’s a patchwork of habitats, from woods and grassland, to heaths and wetlands. Designated a Green Flag park, you can expect to find some of Kent’s most stunning scenery in this hidden gem of a spot.
Whitstable features as a top dog friendly location in our guide: 'Pawfect Staycation According to Your Dog' which teams the perfect holiday destination for your pooch depending on their breed.