Dog Friendly Activities in Oxfordshire
As a dog-friendly touring park, we understand how important it is to be able to enjoy your holiday alongside your four-legged friends. To help you make the most of your time in Oxfordshire we’ve compiled some of our favourite walking venues and dog-friendly pubs for the whole family to enjoy.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
A dog-friendly attraction since opening in the 1970s Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens lets you, and your furry friends, get closer to wildlife. Dogs on leads are permitted in nearly every area of the park – save for a few enclosed indoor spaces or areas where animals are roaming free. The Wildlife Park & Gardens make for a great alternative to a normal dog walk and feature a wide variety of animals – with exhibits ranging from goats to red pandas to white rhinos!
Minster Lovell Hall
The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall make for a striking and unique setting for a walk. There has been a manor on this site since the 12th century – with the majority of the current ruins dating back to 1430. The house stood until the 1730s when the owner at the time, Thomas Coke, began the dismantling of the hall as he preferred his residence in Norfolk.
If visiting by car then parking is available at the nearby St Kenelm’s Church, just five minutes walk from the site.
The Plum Pudding
The Plum Pudding is a dog-friendly, traditional free house located just south of Oxford. Named after the local Oxford Sandy & Black pig breed, the pub offers a range of local ales and locally sourced food – including Plum Pudding pig sausages and pork! This is a great venue for a post-walk coffee by the fire or an evening meal where all the family is welcome. The Plum Pudding offers a relaxed atmosphere coupled with quality local food and drink.
Shotover Country Park
Shotover Country Park, found on the east side of Oxford, is a hidden gem tucked right next to the hustle and bustle of the city. This 177-hectare space is a great place to take your dogs walking among a varied and picturesque landscape. Located on the slopes of Shotover Hill, the park offers spectacular views of south Oxfordshire at its highest point. Shotover Park is a nationally important wildlife site and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest – in part thanks to the biodiversity offered by the park’s flora and fauna.
The Perch, the oldest pub in Oxford, is a traditional and comfortable pub with a wide selection of beers and a large menu to help you refuel after a long dog walk. The pub itself is a firm favourite among dog walkers due to their dog-friendly approach to business (no matter how muddy the dog might be!) and its location in a prime dog walking area on the western side of Oxford. There has been a pub on this site for the last 800 years and the traditional thatched construction is sure to charm any seasoned pub-goer.
Hardwick Parks is just a short journey from central Oxford and makes a great place for the whole family to stay while you explore the area with your dog. For more information on our dog facilities or to make a booking, visit the Hardwick Park website.
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