Pet Friendly places in York
If you can’t bear to leave your pet at home when you travel, you need to find some places where it’s possible for you to take them. York has plenty of pet-friendly options so your beloved animal doesn’t need to miss out on all the fun you’re having. Here’s a guide to the best pet-friendly places in York.
City Cruises York
Offering a number of cruises along the River Ouse, including dining, daytime and evening sightseeing cruises, City Cruises York allow you to bring your pet on board for the ride too. As you sail past the stunning scenery of this beautiful city, you will learn interesting facts about York’s history delivered by experienced skippers. You might even spot some of the local wildlife, such as kingfishers.
The Original Ghost Walk York
York has a long, varied and sometimes dark and bloody history, and there’s no better way to get to know it than joining one of the many ghost walks that take place in the evenings. One such experience – where you’re able to take your pet along – is the Original Ghost Walk of York, where you will be told stories of the spirits who walk the streets after dark, such as that of the lost boy who haunts a number of sites in the city, and that of James Reid, a man executed for treason simply for playing his bagpipes. If your pet doesn’t get too spooked, animals are welcomed on the tour.
Not only is York Maze Europe’s biggest maize maze, it’s also an award-winning attraction. With over 20 rides, attractions and shows, York Maze makes a great day out for all the family. The mazes include the giant maize maze, the maze of illusions, the mineshaft maze and the finger fortune maze. Other attractions include the volcorno, the cobstacle course and the corn snake tower slides. There’s even a shop, the Ivy Store, where you can buy all manner of unique, maze-related gifts. Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on their leads at all times.
Yorkshire Air Museum
Located a short 20-minute drive out of York, the Yorkshire Air Museum is housed on the site of the former RAF Elvington base, a World War II airfield used by Allied bomber crews. As well as being an Allied Air Forces Memorial, it is the largest air museum in Britain featuring a number of exhibits on the history of aviation. The museum has around 50 aircraft, the oldest dating back to 1853. Dogs on leads are welcome so it’s another good pet-friendly experience for you to enjoy.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
Only a 15-minute drive from the centre of York, the Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton Park has fascinating exhibits on the history of farming, with items dating from the early 1800s to the 1960s. One of their most interesting displays is on the Women’s Land Army during World War I, a time when women took over the working of the land whilst the men were fighting in the trenches. Again, dogs are completely welcome on the condition they are on their leads.
Located on one of the most ancient streets in York, Fossgate Social is a licensed coffee bar hidden away in the city’s foodie quarter. They have a great menu of open sourdoughs, brunches, home-made cakes and pancakes; they are also well-known for their speciality coffee, craft beer and cocktails. Pets are welcome.
2 Oxford Place on Gillygate
The only 100% gluten free cafe in York, 2 Oxford Place on Gillygate offer brunch and lunch Tuesdays to Saturdays, with Fridays and Saturdays also opening later for dinner. At weekends, they offer a bottomless brunch, which makes for a perfect weekend treat. As well as being completely gluten free, they also have many vegetarian, vegan and dairy free options. If you fancy taking some of the bread home with you, it is possible to buy it in their bread shop.
Lucky Days Cafe
One of the top rated cafes on Trip Advisor, Lucky Days Cafe is a great lunchtime venue, with a good selection of soups, sandwiches and other lunches. It also has the advantage of being very reasonably priced – no mean feat in a city like York. Their coffee and cakes also come highly recommended and dogs are welcome.
A cute little street food kitchen serving fare from all around the world, The Nook is a great place to relax with your pooch. They take great care over their food and drink, making every dish fresh to order and serving a selection of ethical soft drinks, craft beers, quality spirits and seasonal wines. The Nook also have a number of live events in order to engage with the local community.
Ambiente Tapas have two locations in York, one on Goodramgate and the other on Fossgate, and both are dog-friendly. Sourcing their produce from Spain as well as from local producers, they serve delicious tapas in a lively, relaxed atmosphere. Try one of the sharing platters for a quintessential Spanish experience.
Filmore and Union
If you like your food natural and wholesome, Filmore and Union makes a great choice. Located in one of the oldest buildings in York, they serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, all with the finest, freshest produce. They do a fantastic Sunday brunch menu; it’s highly recommended that you try their pancakes.
The Cross Keys
Conveniently close to York Minster and Jorvik Viking Centre, the Cross Keys is a snug, cosy, traditional pub in York’s historic centre. With a menu featuring all British pub grub favourites and more, and the very best of cask and craft ales, this pub makes a great stop for a meal and drinks after a hard day’s sightseeing.
Duke of York
At the top of the historic street the Shambles, you will find the Duke of York, a pub packed with charm. They are part of the Leeds Brewery, which pride themselves on the quality and range of their selection of beer. They also serve hearty dishes made with locally sourced produce whenever possible.
Ye Olde Starre Inne
Believed to be the oldest licensed premises in the city, the Ye Olde Starre Inne dates back to 1644 and is a real part of York’s history. They always have eight real ales on tap, a great pie selection and some of the best fish and chips in all of York. In summer, your dog will find ice cubes in their water bowl to keep them extra cool.
The Shambles Tavern has an impressive selection of ales – 120 to be exact, and all brewed in Yorkshire. They even have their own beers, including the Shambles Tavern Light, Dark, Bitter and Cider. Their outdoor seating area overlooks the market place, making it the ideal spot for people-spotting and just watching the world go by.
The Ackhorne Inn
It could be said that the Ackhorne Inn is the most dog-friendly pub in York. If you’re ordering food, it’s not uncommon for the staff to ask you what your dog is eating too. They have plenty of dog treats behind the bar, as well as water bowls to keep your pet refreshed. For the human clientele, there’s lots of Yorkshire ales to choose from.
With a whole host of places to go, there’s no reason why your pet can’t join you on your trip to York.