Less than two hours away from London, the Isle of Wight sits just off the south coast. A short ferry journey across the shimmering Solent, a pet friendly holiday on the Isle of Wight includes historic attractions, beaches with the feel of days gone by, and long walks along the island’s windswept coastal path. So…what will your Isle of Wight adventure look like?

Pet friendly Isle of Wight beaches

If you like your days on the beach to have that nostalgic feel to them, the pet friendly beaches of the Isle of Wight are perfect. With spectacular settings and those traditional touches like amusements and deckchairs, the Wight’s beaches have attracted families for generations. Ryde Beach, on the north coast of the island, has a dog exercise area, so your pet can let off steam on the sand while you sample the local ice cream.

Dogs are welcome throughout the year on Bembridge, Seagrove, St Helens, Watcombe Bay and Springvale Ryde beaches. Home to the lifeboat station, Bembridge Beach becomes dotted with rockpools at low tide, so your pet can enjoy himself investigating the pools while you wander the this east coast beach.

Pet friendly walks on the Isle of Wight

With a coast path that winds its way around the island for more than 64 miles, there are pet friendly walks on the Isle of Wight aplenty. Dogs love the wide open spaces at Tennyson Down in Freshwater, and it’s one of the island’s most spectacular vantage points. Perched on top of the white cliffs, the monument can be seen for miles, and if you don’t mind that it’s a bit of an uphill walk on the way, the views are incredible.

It’s not all about the coast though, and if you head inland you’ll find forests and parkland that’ll have your pet in his element. Combley Great Wood’s made up of several smaller woodlands, and that means plenty of space for your pet to stretch his legs and have a sniff around. Or, over on the west of the Wight, you can follow the old railway track from Yarmouth to Freshwater, and this route has a dog friendly pub at either end!

Pet friendly places to eat and drink on the Isle of Wight

They love their food and drink on the Isle of Wight, and some of the best-loved pubs and restaurants welcome our four-legged friends. The wonderfully-named Buddle Inn in Niton is dog friendly, and dogs are welcome inside and outside. There are some fantastic walks near this one too, so it’s a good starting point for walkies.

Then there’s The Kings Head in Yarmouth, which has a reputation for serving up yummy meals – and there’s always a water bowl too. Or there’s Flanagan’s in the beautiful resort of Sandown. This one has a terrace outside with beach views, so you can sit and watch the sun go down while your dog enjoys the setting too.

Pet friendly days out on the Isle of Wight

One of the most exciting pet friendly Isle of Wight days out has got to be Blackgang Chine. With rides for all ages and lots to see and do, dogs are welcome to join you on your day out as long as they remain on their leads. For those fresh air days, Robin Hill Country Park also welcomes dogs on leads, and there’s plenty of room for the kids to explore, and the dog to let off steam. For the history buffs, the resplendent Carisbrooke Castle welcomes dogs in the outside areas, so you can explore the castle that was once prison to King Charles I.