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:

Princesshay:

  • Slim Chickens

Guildhall

  • 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

Princesshay:

  • 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

Guildhall

  • 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!

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