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Finding the perfect getaway can be tricky if you love exploring new places with your dog by your side. Luckily, Swansea has several fantastic dog-friendly spots you can visit with your four-legged friend. Ever wondered if dogs are allowed in Swansea Market or on Mumbles Beach? Let’s find out!
Best Things to Do in Swansea With Dogs
Swansea is the perfect city break destination for dog owners because it has beaches, parks, cafes, and pubs all within walking distance. Here are our top dog-friendly activities in this charming coastal town.
1. Discover Swansea Market
Firstly, dogs are allowed inside, and Jack’s Kennel offers drinks if they get thirsty. Just make sure to keep them on a lead. The market’s famous cockles will be too tempting to ignore.
Second, to the food stalls here, which offer local and global delicacies such as continental cheeses, Welsh laverbread, Gower Saltmarsh lamb, and Welsh Black beef, are the many other stalls that sell just about anything you might need. From fruit and vegetable stalls, fresh meat, cafés, fast food, fishmongers, clothes and beauty stalls, plus many more!
2. Explore Clyne Valley Country Park
Not only is Clyne Country Park one of my favourite things to do in Swansea, but it’s the perfect place for a day out with your furry friends!
Clyne Valley Country Park is the ideal spot for your dogs to run around and enjoy themselves in the 700 acres of green land to explore. Clyne Valley Orchard, Ynys Newydd trail, BMX Pump Track, and a permanent orienteering course are just some of the attractions.
It’s free and open to the public, and there are also toilets nearby. Take the family over for an activity-filled day of adventure and fun, and bring the dogs along too!
3. Get Wild in Rhossili and South Gower Coast
Want to take your four-legged friend on a scenic walk? Take a stroll down the Gower Peninsula in Wales! In addition to the award-winning beach at Rhossili and Worms Head, the National Trust administers 26 miles of this stunning coastline.
Beautiful and breathtaking sea views provide a haven for everyone, including your dogs, from beach roaming, coastal hikes, and woodland wandering. You will surely have an unforgettable time on the Gower Peninsula with your pooch. Make sure to keep them on a lead; the sheep love the view just as much as we do!
Other dog-friendly places to visit in Swansea include:
- The National Showcaves, Abercraf, Swansea: As Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, the dog-friendly National Showcaves Centre has won several environmental and tourism awards. However, the farmyard and coffee shops don’t allow dogs. You and your dog can still explore the caves, museum, and dinosaur park.
- Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles: Discover history and medieval heritage with your dog at Oystermouth Castle, dating to the 12th century; it offers panoramic views of Swansea Bay and Mumbles. Dogs are permitted on and off lead on the grounds. Plus, there is a wood and open area in front of the castle where dogs can run around.
- The Gower Beaches, Gower Peninsula: Three Cliffs Bay, Langland Bay, Rhossili Bay, Oxwich Bay, Caswell Bay. The list goes on! Some of these beaches allow dogs all year round (Oxwich, Rhossili), while others have limited access (Langland, Caswell, 1st May to 30th September).
Where to Eat in Swansea With Dogs?
While galavanting around Swansea, make your way over to any of these dog-friendly pubs, cafes, and restaurants, where you’ll find just as many dogs as people!
Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen, ££
This welcoming pub and restaurant is located in the idyllic village of Llanrhidian and includes biscuits for your furry friends, a menu of locally sourced food, and all your favourite drinks. They do not allow dogs in the restaurant section, but there is a dog-friendly ground bar and a family-friendly beer garden.
King’s Head Inn, ££
In Llangennith, The King’s Head offers dog-friendly pub areas where pets can enjoy ice cream scoops. There are several excellent walks and coves to discover in the area. Great food, good drinks, and a wide selection of whiskies make this a must-visit. Plus, dog-friendly hotel rooms are available for an additional £10 per night if you wish to stay the night.
Mumbles Pier Beach Hut Cafe, ££
Looking for a treat while out in Mumbles with your dog? From water bowls and biscuits to a warm welcome and dog-friendly ice cream for a sweet treat, this seaside resort is dog-friendly and offers everything you might need. Plus, with a seaside promenade and dog-friendly beach, you and your pup can enjoy plenty of activities together. So come down to Mumbles Pier and make some memories with your furry friend!
Zinco lounge, ££
An incredible ambience and modern design make Zinco Lounge, located in Swansea’s city centre, the perfect dog-friendly place for food and drink. In addition to water, sausages, and biscuits for your dog, and the regular menu for you, they offer various vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Kids can enjoy games, cards, pens/paper, and an excellent food menu.
Other dog-friendly restaurants in Swansea include:
- The Beaufort Arms in Mumbles, from 3.30pm- 10pm, Monday through Sunday, ££
- The Gower Inn in Parkmill, from 2pm- 1pm, Monday through Sunday, ££
- Mermaid Cafe bar and restaurant, in Mumbles, from 10am-10pm, Monday through Sunday, ££
- The Ship Inn, in Port Eynon, from 12pm- 11.30pm, Monday through Sunday, ££
Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Swansea
If you’re planning a Swansea holiday with your dog, self-catering accommodation will be your best bet, but only if your holiday cottage is genuinely dog-friendly. In the end, you want to stay somewhere where your four-legged friend is as welcome as you are.
Clyne Farm Centre (Self-Catering Holiday Cottages plus Activities!)
Take Clyne Farm, for example. As a winner of the 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards for Best Dog-Friendly Tourism Business, Clyne Farm welcomes canines and their owners. Dogs are allowed in all public areas and cottages for $5 per night per hound. Several walks and Gower beaches surround the area, so you can let your dog run wild.
There are, however, several genuinely dog-friendly guest houses and hotels around Swansea that will make your stay even better.
Kings Head Inn
This 17th-century inn is located in Llangennith, Gower. Kings Head Inn offers modern and luxurious accommodation as an excellent base for exploring the Gower Peninsula. Dogs are welcome for £10 per night.
Mercure Swansea Hotel
Dogs stay for free at the Mercure Hotel with landscaped grounds and a lake. Keep in mind that it’s located a little outside the city centre, however, on the plus side, it’s right next to Lake Fendrod which has a lovely 1 mile walk around the outside, perfect for morning and evening walkies.
Dogs can stay free at ibis Swansea, a no-fuss budget hotel set 2 miles from the live entertainment at Grand Theatre, 3 miles from Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea City FC, and 5 miles from Clyne Gardens.
Other dog-friendly accommodations in Swansea include:
- Dylan Thomas House, Swansea centre: An excellent place to see the sights, relax, dine, or get around. (£5 per dog)
- Village Hotel Swansea, Swansea centre: Within 1.2 miles of the Dylan Thomas Centre and 2.2 miles of the Maritime Quarter, this modern hotel offers a waterfront location.
- Beachcomber, Swansea centre: One mile from the National Waterfront Museum and 8 minutes from Brangwyn Hall concert venue, this bed-and-breakfast overlooks the beach and Swansea Bay.
50% Welsh, 50% English, 100% Swansea. While writing about all things lush and supreme about her home town, you'll also find Kelly writing content for business owners worldwide, and getting lost in books and the woods.