The county of Suffolk includes miles of rugged coastline that is largely unspoilt. East Anglia is the birthplace of the famous Britons Admiral Lord Nelson and composer Benjamin Britten; it is also home to the Royal residence of Sandringham and with its countless villages tucked away, is steeped in history.
Dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk
Dunwich heath and beach is a great retreat. The heath next to the beach is a nature reserve protected by the National Trust, where dogs are allowed to explore but must be on a lead at certain times during the year. After a stroll on the beach you can head to the tea room which welcomes dogs inside and provides water bowls and even tick removal kits, or help if your dog is injured or lost.
Dog-friendly days out in Suffolk
East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk — the museum captures the sounds and sights of the past, following the development of transport over nearly a century. Dogs are welcome on leads and can go on a trolley bus ride and a tramway.
The tram stops in woodland from where owners can stroll back to the centre if they wish. The site is open from April to September, but as it is run by volunteers it is not open every day, so check before visiting.
For more information call 01502 518459 or visit www.eatm.org.uk/index.html not run every day so it is best to ring and book ahead. The museum closes in November and usually reopens around April. For more information call 01692 581681 or visit www.museumofthebroads.org.uk
Dog-friendly places to stay in Suffolk
The Ship Inn, Dunwich, Suffolk where “muddy paws are always welcome”, is a favourite with dog owners. There are a number of pet-friendly rooms and dogs can accompany guests while they eat in the bar, conservatory, or breakfast room, but not the dining room. There is also a large garden where dogs can play and they receive a warm welcome from staff, often in the shape of dog biscuits! The charge for dogs is £5 per night. At The Westleton Crown, The Ship’s sister pub, dogs are just as welcome. For more information call 01728 648219.
Dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Suffolk
The King’s Head (the low house), Laxfield, Suffolk — described as a hidden gem, with ancient fireplace sand settles, and an emphasis on tradition and atmosphere — you’ll find no jukebox or television here.
The pub is one of only a few left that have no bar counter; instead, visitors head to the tap room and have a beer straight from the barrel. Although dogs are not permitted in the dining room, they are welcome everywhere else in the pub. There’s a reasonably priced home-made and seasonal menu, but it is recommended that you book. There is also dog-friendly accommodation. For more information call 01986 798395 or visit www.laxfieldkingshead.co.uk