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 town-wide and beyond initiative.

Dog Friendly Places to Stay in Bury St Edmunds

The Angel Hotel 

Right in the heart of Bury St Edmunds town centre, everything is just a step from the hotel. Overlooking the Abbey Gardens and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Angel is ideally placed for a weekend exploring the town with your pooch.  

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.  You can also dine with your furry friend in the comfortable lounge. You can also leave your dog snoozing in your room while you dine in The Eaterie. Alternatively, treat yourself and order room service. If your dog is lucky, they might even get a breakfast sausage, too.

Dog stays cost £15 for the first night, then £5 for each additional evening.

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Best Western Priory Hotel

A true oasis of calm, the hotel is ideal for travellers seeking peace and quiet in a historic location with modern facilities and an ideal location for a short break.

The Best Western Priory Hotel's restaurant was recently awarded a AA one Rosette, for its new menu which includes contemporary dishes with the addition of a specials board.

Just a 5-minute drive to the town centre and a short walk from the railway station, there is free car parking and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Dogs are welcome to stay in the Priory Hotel's garden rooms. £10 per dog per night.

Near Bury St Edmunds

The Ickworth  

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.

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Ravenwood Hall Hotel

Set within 7 acres of secluded and tranquil Suffolk countryside just outside Bury St. Edmunds, Ravenwood Hall Hotel is perfect for a stay with man's best friend. 

With its origins dating back to the reign of Henry VIII; Ravenwood Hall is crammed full of character and architectural features such as ornate carved oak structure, inglenook fireplaces and rare 15th century wall paintings.

The hotel very much welcomes well behaved four legged friends to Ravenwood Hall. Their dog-friendly rooms are located in the Mews at an extra charge of £15 per dog per room (max 2 dogs per room). For the comfort of other dining guests, dogs are not permitted in the restaurant.

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). 

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Dog-Friendly Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants In Bury St Edmunds

The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn is a 15th century Inn located within easy walking distance to Bury St Edmunds Town Centre. Offering a high standard of accommodation and a cosy environment to enjoy food and drink in, The Fox Inn is a great base for exploring Suffolk and the surrounding areas.

The Fox Inn have a lovely outdoor and indoor dog friendly dining area, perfect for a relaxing meal or drink with man's best friend!

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. 

Caffe Nero 

There are two Caffè 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. 

To see a full list of Dog Friendly eateries who have joined the Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds Scheme visit the Dog Friendly Guide.

Dog Friendly Days Out

In Bury St Edmunds

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 Abbey Gardens Cafe for a pot of tea and a slice of cake - there's even ice cream for dogs served here! Then wander 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.

Nowton Park

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

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. 

Dogs are welcome but must be under control at all times, and in some areas on a lead.

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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, but under control at all times, so make the most of the wide open spaces with a game of fetch and a long walk around the Heath.

Near Bury St Edmunds 

National Trust Ickworth

Ickworth is great place for dogs and their owners - they’ve a wide range of walks for you to enjoy and a dog friendly café too. 

Dogs are welcome in the parkland, woodland walks, Porter’s Lodge café and the Welcome Hub.   

Porter’s Lodge café is the perfect place to end your dog walk at Ickworth (or perhaps start!). There are tasty treats, plenty of hot and cold drinks, and of course, water bowls with lots of shade for your furry friend. Porter's Lodge café is open everyday, from 10am – 4pm.

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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!

Dogs are welcome in the country park, provided they are kept on a lead, particularly to protect ground nesting birds.

Please be aware that dogs are not allowed next door in the Anglo-Saxon village, Museum or visitor centre, with the exception of assistance dogs, due to the presence of livestock and the archaeological nature of the site.

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Clare Castle Country Park

Clare Castle Country Park, just 20 minutes from Bury St Edmunds, has 36 acres to explore with your four-legged friend.

 Whether you are interested in history, railways, ecology, just want to have some time in a peaceful rural setting, or, as a child want to explore or play, there is something for you.

There are the remains of a castle, Victorian railway buildings (Grade II listed), two large ponds, a river, a stream, grassland, woodland, paths (many of the latter being suitable for wheelchairs) and the park's dog-friendly café Platform One.

Dogs can be let off the lead in the Park but must be kept under control at all times. 

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Melford Hall 

Take in the Suffolk countryside with hidden gems, dappled shade in the woodland, open fields and the spectacular views at Melford Hall in Long Melford.

Take in the splendour of the ancient park of Melford Hall, the family home of the Hyde Parker family since the 1780s, and the impressive 15th-century Holy Trinity church.

Dogs are welcome on leads in the park.

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Find Dog Friendly Shops and Businesses in 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 Guide for a list of businesses which display the sticker.

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