Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds!

Enjoy a stay in Bury St Edmunds with your 4-legged friend with our dog-friendly guide!

Planning a trip to Bury St Edmunds and Beyond? Your 4-legged friend needn't miss out! 

With dog-friendly accommodation, cafes and restaurants, plus attractions and days out that your pooch will love, the historic town and surrounding towns and villages of Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare are the ideal place to enjoy a short break or holiday with every member of the family - including the furry variety!

Wherever the new #dogfriendlybse paw print logo sticker is displayed in windows, businesses will welcome dogs in a brand new town-wide and beyond initiative.

The initiative, funded by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, with support from Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and OurBuryStEdmundsBID aims to help visitors and residents easily identify businesses that are dog friendly in and around Bury St Edmunds. You can find a list of dog friendly places in and around Bury St Edmunds who have signed up to the initiative and who display the Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds paw print sticker in their window on the Bury St Edmunds Town Council website.

Dog Friendly Places to Stay

The Swan at Lavenham

Dogs are welcome to join you in both the lounge at The Swan at Lavenham, where you can sit in front of a roaring fire or on warmer days, find a seat in the Airmen's Bar, where dogs can cool down on the original brick floor and refresh themselves with a bowl of water as you sip on something a little stronger, and in a glass!

If you would like to spend a few days in the idyllic Suffolk village, then you can book one of the dog-friendly bedrooms. During your stay, you can enjoy a meal in the Airmen's Bar, the garden or in the comfort of your own room. 

Dogs are charged at £12 per dog per night (maximum two dogs per room). 

The Angel Hotel

Situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds on Angel Hill, overlooking the Abbey Gardens and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Angel Hotel is ideally placed for a weekend exploring the town. 

There are 10 dog-friendly rooms and your furry friend will be treated just as well as you, as the room comes furnished with dog bowls and toys. 

The Ickworth Hotel

Stay in the stunning surroundings of The Ickworth Hotel and dogs will love exploring the 1,800 acre estate. Wander through the gardens for a relaxing stroll or pick up a map from the reception and head out for an adventure with your loyal friend. 

You needn't miss out on some of the experiences on offer too, as dogs are allowed to join you in the lounge where you can sit by the fire and enjoy afternoon tea.

There are a range of rooms, suites and apartments available to suit all sizes of group, with a £15 per night supplement for dogs. 

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

If you want a little slice of Suffolk to call your own for the weekend or week, then book a dog-friendly cottage with Suffolk Cottage Holidays. With over 100 cottages across Suffolk that welcome dogs, you will be spoilt for choice!

A character property packed located in the town centre, Linnet Lodge Annexe sleeps two people with a dog. There is car parking, so you can easily hop in the car and head out to explore the surrounding villages, and a courtyard garden where you can sit with a glass of wine as your dog sleeps at your feet. 

Situated in the heart of Constable County in the pretty town of Clare, Blue Dog Quarters is a stylish apartment above the Blue Dog Shop. The stylish apartment sleeps 6 plus one dog and comes with a range of features including 40" Flat Screen TV, DVD/Blu-ray, Bluetooth sound bar, gas flame-effect stove and sliding doors onto your own roof terrace.

Usually, dogs are charged at £25, but book in May and dogs go free when you use the promo code PETGOFREE

Dog-Friendly Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants

Masons Arms

Greene King Brewery's official flagship pub, the Masons Arms showcases the brewery's cask asles and exclusively sells their new beers. There's some hearty pub grub on offer too; with everything from nachos, stilton mushrooms and fish and chips, to chilli, hunters chicken, roast chicken, surf and turf and a Sunday Lunch. 

The Masons Arms welcomes dogs with a bowl of water and lots of fuss and there's a courtyard beer garden where you can enjoy a summer's evening with a pint alongside your 4-legged friend. 

Edmundo Lounge

Located just off the market square in Bury St Edmunds, Edmundo Lounge welcomes you and your dog for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks. 

It's a great place to rest your feet after a morning visiting the town's historical hot spots and shops. Settle down on a comfy chair in a quiet corner with your dog and order from the varied menu which features dishes including buttermilk fried chicken, macaroni cheese, goan vegetable curry, burgers, salads and tapas. There is an extensive vegan menu too and all dietary requirements are catered for.

Really Rather Good

If you love coffee, then you will love Really Rather Good; an independent cafe located on Angel Hill serving a wide range of coffees and teas, complimented by a menu of sandwiches, paninis, wraps, salads and cakes.

Beverages on the menu include Americanos, Cappucinos, Cortados, Rooibos tea and Earl Grey. Dogs are welcome to sit with you inside the cafe and outside, where you can sit and watch the world go by and take in the stunning views of the Abbey Gardens and Cathedral. 

Waterstones Café 

The well-known book shop Waterstones is located on 36 Butter Market, amongst the shops, cafes and cobbled streets and within The Arc shopping centre. The shop and cafe on Butter Market is dog-friendly so your shopping trip needn't be without your pup. After you've enjoyed a cappuccino and a slice of cake, wander around the weekly market and fill your basket with locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally made breads, cheeses and meats. 

Cafe Nero 

There are two Cafe Nero's in the town on Abbeygate Street and the Cornhill both of which welcome dogs and their owners. Both establishments serve a wide variety of coffees and teas, plus cakes, pastries and sandwiches. 

Dog Friendly Days Out

Nowton Park

Explore the 200 acres of landscaped gardens at Nowton Park; where dogs are welcome on a lead. 

Within the park, you will find a maze in the shape of an oak tree, an arboretum which is home to trees from around the world including eucalyptus, paperbark maple and Kentucky coffee trees.  There's a fabulous cafe within the park too, where you will find an area inside and out for dogs and their owners. 

Hardwick Heath

A favourite spot amongst dog walkers and their four-legged friends, Hardwick Heath is a 55-acre park featuring a play area, football pitches, a picnic area and a fishing pond. Dogs are allowed off-lead so make the most of the wide open spaces with a game of fetch and a long walk around the Heath. 

Abbey Gardens 

Dogs are welcome to join you on a lead as you explore the famous Abbey Gardens in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. Created in 1831 by Nathaniel Hodson, the Abbey Gardens was originally a botanic garden laid out in the same style as the Royal Botanic Gardens in Brussels. In 1936 the concentric circles were replaced by the sixty-four island beds which, together with illuminations, formed part of the Coronation celebrations for George VI in 1937.

Today, approximately 20,000 plants are bedded out in the spring for the summer display plus 12,000 plants and 20,000 bulbs in the autumn for the spring display so it's a sight for the eyes and the senses. 

Stop by the cafe for a pot of tea and a slice of cake, and wader through the different gardens which include the Appleby Rose Garden, Pilgrim's Herb Garden, Sensory Garden, the Garden of Reflection, the Water Garden and the Aviary.

West Stow Country Park

You and your dog will love exploring the 125 acres of unspoilt countryside at West Stow Country Park which surrounds West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. With trails, heaths and woodland walks, there's an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, so dogs are required to be kept on leads. 

Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds 

Look out for the #dogfriendlybse paw print logo sticker (below) in the window of premises in the Bury St Edmunds area which have declared themselves dog-friendly.

The premises may also have a #dogfriendlybse water bowl for your doggy companion to quench their thirst.  Visit the Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds web page for a list of businesses which display the sticker.

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