Dog-friendly Isle of Wight


The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel, a few miles off the coast of Hampshire.

It is a popular destination for holidaymakers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life on mainland England.

The island is also known for being particularly dog friendly, and has been described as one of the most dog-friendly places to visit in the UK.

Travelling to the Isle of Wight is easy; there is no charge for canine friends on the island's car ferry routes, the Ryde passenger boat, and hovercraft services.

Out and about on the Isle of Wight

One of the main attractions on the Isle of Wight is its stunning coastline and beaches. It has 57 miles of varied coastline with stretches of award-winning golden sand and shingle beaches, hidden coves, and crystal-clear waters.

Many of the beaches are dog friendly all year round; restrictions only apply on the island's main resort beaches between May 1 and September 30.

Some of the most popular dog-friendly beaches are Bembridge, a pebble and sand beach with a collection of rock pools at low tide; Reeth Bay, the island's most southerly point and a very quiet beach; Fort Victoria, which has some fantastic walks offering stunning views towards the mainland; and Woodside Bay, a hidden gem recommend by residents.

Dog-friendly attractions on the Isle of Wight

If you're looking for a good walk to stretch your legs there's no shortage on the Isle of Wight.

There is more than 500 miles of footpaths around the coastline and inland, through valleys and woodland.

And if you're too tired to walk back, you can hop on board public transport to complete your journey, as well-behaved dogs are welcome on all of the island's bus and train services.

A large number of attractions on the Isle of Wight welcome dogs, from historic castles to miniature villages.

Dog-friendly attractions include Carisbrook Castle (dogs on leads are welcome inside the English Heritage site, but not in the museum), Ventnor Botanic Garden, and Isle of Wight Steam Railway, which issues pets with an all day Rover ticket.