If you're a dog owner planning a visit to Exeter, you're in luck! This beautiful city is extremely dog-friendly, with plenty of pet-friendly cafes and restaurants. It is also officially one of the UK’s greenest cities, so there are lots of outdoor spaces for scenic walks, on and off the lead!

Head to the beautiful Exeter Quayside, where you’ll find plenty of green spaces and seating areas alongside the River Exe, where you can take a break and let your pup run around. You can also stop for a coffee or a bite to eat at one of the many dog-friendly cafes and pubs in the area.

If you're interested in history and want to learn more about Exeter's past, follow one of the city’s self-guided walking trails - choose from the City Wall Trail, Woollen Trail or Medieval Trail. Don’t miss the stunning Exeter Cathedral, where dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas and on the grounds, as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a lead. After your visit, you can take a stroll through the Cathedral Close and enjoy some refreshments at the nearby dog-friendly cafes.

Dogs in Exeter

Another must-visit spot for dog owners is the stunning Rougemont Gardens. This beautiful park is located right in the heart of the city and offers fantastic walking trails, picnic spots, and gorgeous gardens to explore. There are also plenty of benches to sit on if your four-legged companion needs a break.

Exeter also has some fantastic valley parks on its outskirts – follow the Green Circle walk for 12 miles around the city to discover the abundance of nature and peaceful paths surrounding the city. The city's location surrounded by countryside and close to the coast means there are plenty of opportunities to get your dog out into nature and wide-open space. Don't miss nearby Haldon Forest Park, with miles of well-signposted paths - perfect for dog walks!

Dog walking at Haldon Forest Park

When it comes to dining, there are plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in Exeter. Enjoy a rustic home cooked meal from The Fat Pig who have a strong reputation for using locally sourced ingredients with a low waste mentality. Another great venue for scrumptious pub grub is The Turk’s Head, where you can indulge in brews from their very own micro-brewery alongside your meal.

If you haven’t quite built up the appetite for a large meal, head to Grow Coffee House, a family run business with a love for great coffee, and dogs! There’s also Sacred Grounds who offer freshly prepared, 100% vegan food and drink. Home of the vegan ‘egg’, here you can eat anything from sandwiches to soup. Other cafes/restaurant that welcome dogs include:

Castle Quarter:

Cathedral and South Street:

West Quarter:

East Gate Quarter:


  • Slim Chickens


  • Brew Dog

Magdalen Road

You can even spend some time shopping in the city centre with your furry friend. The following shops welcome dogs and some offer water bowls so your dog can have a rehydration break!

East Gate Quarter:

  • John Lewis
  • A Plan Insurance
  • Ark Pet Centre
  • Little Valley Animal Shelter Charity Shop

Cathedral and South Street

  • City Barbers


  • Ann Summers
  • Beaverbrooks
  • Build a Bear
  • H&M
  • Hotter Shoes
  • HMV
  • Jack Speak
  • L’Occitane
  • Molton Brown
  • Oliver Bonas
  • Reiss
  • Rohan
  • Suits Direct
  • Superdry
  • Ted Baker
  • Tiger

West Quarter:

Castle Quarter:

  • Hyde and Seek
  • JD Sports
  • Seasalt Cornwall
  • White Stuff
  • The Hair Boutique


  • WH Smith

Magdalen Road:

  • Grocer on the Green

There is so much to see and do in Exeter, you may want to stay a while. There are plenty of dog-friendly accommodation options in and around Exeter!


Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Monolith at Exeter Quayside. Copyright: DOminic Lowther

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

Exeter Green Circle Walk
Waymarked Trail
Part of the Exeter Green Circle

The Exeter Green Circle is a 12 mile walking route which takes you around Exeter. It caters for those of all walking abilities.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Strolling through Haldon Forest Park and enjoying the stunning views

Whether you want a gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Open 364 days of the year, there is something for every interest to connect you with the great outdoors.

The Fat Pig
Local Beers & Ciders
The Fat Pig, Exeter

Tucked away in Exeter's west quarter, this old Victorian pub is an independent free house. We pride ourselves on our creativity and support of local independent suppliers.

The Turk’s Head
Beers and ales at The Turk's Head

Located in the heart of the city centre next to the Guildhall is one of the regions oldest pubs and a favourite watering hole of Charles Dickens - or so we believe... Recently restored to its former glory, The Turk's Head is back with a bang and ready to showcase the 700+ year history.

Sacred Grounds
Savoury waffles at Sacred Grounds

Sacred Grounds is a plant-based foodie heaven located in Exeter’s Indie West Quarter.

Coolings on Gandy Street
Entrance to Coolings

Coolings is an independent City Centre venue just off the main Exeter High Street. We are the home of Bottomless, Grazing, Pizza, Cocktails and Live Music. We offer everything from coffee and snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night food. We offer takeaway and delivery with Deliveroo, Uber and Just Eat around Exeter for our Food Menu, Cocktails, Drinks and More

Exeter Phoenix
Arts Centre
Exeter Phoenix - front of building

Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world-class multi-artform venue in the heart of Exeter's city centre. Each year we host hundreds of events and artistic activity spanning many disciplines.

The Mermaid
Bar at The Mermaid

The Mermaid is a place you’ll want to visit, its relaxed atmosphere is very inviting if you are looking for an intimate setting or just a catch up with your friends.

How on Earth Vegan
Vegan pizza fries

How On Earth is a family run, fully vegan business that was founded in 2017, with the deli officially opening in 2020! With a love for great tasting food and a drive to create exciting and affordable, cruelty-free options for the plant-based folks of Exeter, we developed our own range of handmade meat substitutes! You can find these meat substitutes in our counter to buy by the weight, alongside a wide range of other awesome local vegan produce or you can try them in one of our fresh lunch/breakfast options! Take with you on the go or enjoy inside the deli, we can’t wait to see you!

The Glorious Art House
The Orange Room at the Glorious Art House

A vibrant and friendly art café in the heart of Exeter’s independent West Quarter, serving a variety of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, snacks and light lunches. Gallery and workshops upstairs. Space available to hire.

The Flat
The Flat

The Flat is an atmospheric independent pizza restaurant on fore street serving freshly prepared hand stretched vegetarian and vegan pizzas.

John Lewis
Department Store
John Lewis exterior

Department store chain for home furnishings & accessories, electronics, fashion & beauty.

Jack Speak
Jack Speak external

JackSpeak reflects the history and heritage that has been formed between the Royal Navy and Dartmouth the home to the Britannia Royal Naval College, and the jewel of the South Hams. The Royal Navy, sailing, fishing and the sea has shaped the harbour and its people which JackSpeak reflects in its choice of nautical and naval influenced garments.

Bunyip Craft
Arts & Crafts Shop
Bunyip Craft external shot

Bunyip Craft, for all your crafting needs. Beads, Buttons, 100% cotton Fabric, Ribbon, Threads, Findings, Macrame supplies, Knitting and Crochet. Unique handmade Jewellery all made in the shop, sewing and jewellery making kits that are made, designed and packaged by us, along with gifts for the crafters in your life.



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