Dog Friendly Colchester

Travelling with your four legged friend shouldn't be stressful, so we're here to help! Colchester and the surrounding areas have plenty of dog-friendly offerings, including accommodation, restaurants and outdoor spaces.

Mersea Island is the perfect spot for dogs, featuring wide open spaces - sandy and green alike! - for exploring and burning off energy, and plenty of dog friendly restaurants and accommodation. You might enjoy a takeaway meal of fresh fish or world-famous oysters! If you're looking for a comfortable base for the day, why not rent a quaint, dog-friendly beach hut for your family?

Alternatively, if you prefer the grass over the sand, be sure to schedule a visit to Tiptree. While the village is famous for its award-winning jam, it is also home to the largest heathland in Essex: Tiptree Heath. The 61 acre site is open year round, and especially popular with dog walkers.

Chappel is also a fantastic village for dogs, with great outdoor spaces and interesting architecture. Not only can you visit the East Anglian Railway Museum with your pooch, but you can also enjoy a spot of lunch or a tasty drink at The Swan Inn - which also serves dog friendly beer!

Although Upper Castle Park is not accessible for dogs, Lower Castle Park is an open green space located in the heart of Colchester. From there, you'll be able to begin your walk alongside the city's Roman and Medieval Gates. This self-guided walking route is entirely accessible for dogs.

Around town, there are many dog-friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants, including the laid-back Romano Lounge and the tasty No 10 Museum Street Cafe, which has dog-friendly snacks available - they even have dog friendly ice-cream sometimes! 

While you're exploring, be sure to adhere to local and venue rules to ensure the safety and comfort of others. Remember to clear up after your dog and use the waste bins provided.