Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Norfolk

The beach at Cromer is the perfect dog-walking spot
The beach at Cromer is the perfect dog-walking spot | © David J Chilvers / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 April 2021

Looking for a dog-friendly UK holiday? Norfolk is the perfect choice. There are many beaches that allow dogs year-round (for example, Holkham and Great Yarmouth) as well as boat trips and country pubs that welcome four-legged friends, too. Here’s our pick of Norfolk’s best pet-friendly places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

Your dog can have just as good a holiday in Norfolk as you at these pet-friendly hotels. Whether you’re sightseeing in Norwich, beach-combing in Overstrand or walking in Sheringham, there’s no reason why Rover can’t come too. Many of these hotels offer top perks, including doggy menus, bathrooms ideal for muddy paws or their very own plush dog beds.

The Georgian Townhouse

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Keep Fido’s water chilled in the in-room Smeg mini fridge at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich. It’ll give him something to drink while you start ticking off the local ales and the 30-plus gins in the bar of this pub with rooms. Dogs are welcomed in all areas here. It’s just as well, because you won’t want to miss seared scallops with crispy pork belly followed by pan-fried salmon with crab and chilli.
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The Pig Shed Motel

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Don’t worry about where your hound can and can’t roam at the Pig Shed in Castle Acre. Each of the 10 rooms in this smart, single-storey building has their own entrance, so there are no worries about your pooch straying into a no-go zone, and up to two can stay. There’s no restaurant on-site, but pop next door to the George & Dragon pub for a burger or fish and chips while Rover curls up in front of the log fire.
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The Three Horseshoes Warham

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Dogs are well-loved at The Three Horseshoes in Warham – they even get their own treat menu at the bar. So while you’re savouring your Adnams or Woodfordes ale, your furry friend can be ploughing through a Scoobie-style snack. Don’t miss the pies at this family-run pub that dates back to 1725 as they’re a real speciality. Try the Beef and Binham Blue or the Plough Pudding with sausage meat and bacon. Walk it off on the nearby Peddars Way footpath afterwards.

Stower Grange Hotel

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Take your dog on woodland walks in the grounds of Stower Grange near Norwich. However, be careful once you get back to your room – the home-made biscuits are meant for you, not your four-legged friend. Even if you do end up going hungry, you won’t have to miss out on chef James Cox’s pan-roasted Gressingham duck breast or oven-baked salmon with potato rosti. Dogs aren’t allowed in the AA rosette dining room but staff will happily set up a table in the lounge for you and your pooch.

The Dormy House Hotel

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Dogs are more than just welcome at the Dormy House near Cromer – they’re even fed gourmet dinners. Order your carvery – the daily ‘best roast on the coast’ is legendary round here – with a pooch parcel on the side. This means your pet hound could soon be tucking into its own beef, turkey or gammon chunks with vegetables and gravy. Don’t get it mixed up with the chef’s home-made farmhouse pie. Your dog might not notice but you probably will.

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  • Greenbanks Hotel

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    Bring your dog along to Greenbanks in Great Fransham and they’re bound to make friends with the resident pooches, Hungarian vizslas Rufus and Ollie. Some ground-floor rooms come with walk-in showers – perfect for muddy paws. Stretch your legs and theirs around the hotel’s meadows and fishing lake or grab some tips on dog-friendly beaches from the in-the-know staff. Leave the dog to sleep it off while you take a swim in the indoor pool or dine at the on-site restaurant.

    Hotel Wroxham

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    Wear the dog out along the Broads during the day, then head back to The Wroxham for some R&R on the riverside terrace. Accommodation types include superior rooms with balconies overlooking the water, family suites and snug, economical singles – perfect for you and your pet. Bring him along for a visit at nearby Wroxham Barns, complete with craft shops, pretty cafes and a fun park for kids.
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    Dunston Hall

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    Fido gets his own doggy bed next to yours at this 1850s countryhouse and its 61ha (150 acres) of paw-friendly park and woods are ample for walkies. Owners are encouraged to take their four-legged pal out with them, but if you do have to leave him briefly in the room, there’s a sign to hang on your door to tip off everyone else. Nearby Norwich is dog-friendly, too. Take your pet into Norwich Cathedral – home to the largest monastic cloisters in England – then join locals on Mousehold Heath for skyline vistas.

    Dales Country House

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    Grab a drink from the minibar while your hungry hound tucks into her own special treat from this Victorian countryhouse hotel, a former rectory in Sheringham. The dog-loving Dales also gives you a bed and towel for your pooch to make them feel as welcome as you. Pet-friendly rooms are all on the ground floor to make it easy to come and go. Take a walk around its 1.6ha (4 acres) of parkland or pop next door to the National Trust’s Sheringham Park.
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    Sea Marge Hotel

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    Reserve a dog-friendly room at the Sea Marge in Overstrand and get a pet bed and towel thrown in. The adjacent beach is sandy and parts welcome pooches year-round, so look for the signs. After some exercise on the Cromer Lighthouse circular walk, make for the Sea Marge’s bar for locally caught crab. Built for banker Sir Edward Speyer in 1908, the Grade II-listed mansion has sea views and a terraced lawn cascading to the beach below.

    These recommendations were updated on April 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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