NORTHERN IRELAND IS BARKING MAD FOR PETS! – pet friendly hotels and restaurants

Sarah Moore and her four legged friends, Henry and Poppy, enjoyed a stay at one of Northern Ireland’s pet-friendly hotels, The Hilton Templepatrick.

Northern Ireland is a nation of pet lovers so the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) is encouraging people to find out more about the wide variety of pet friendly hotels, restaurants and accommodations that are available all over Northern Ireland,  so your four-legged ‘bestie’ can join in on the fun of your short break.

Pets and their owners will enjoy a whole new leash of life exploring some of Northern Ireland’s best hotels and self catering properties, wide open spaces, excellent walking trails and plenty of accommodation that is perfect for a pet-friendly short break.

Many of the hoteliers and restaurateurs around Northern Ireland know that animal lovers do not want to be apart from their beloved pets, so there are a range of places where the welcome mat is affectionately rolled out and then promptly slept on, explained NITBs Marketing and PR Manager, Ruth Burns.

“Many people consider their pets as part of the family and we understand that they don’t want to leave them behind when they go on a short break or day away and with the following great ideas now they won’ t have to.

“The Dogs Welcome Scheme, recently launched in Northern Ireland, helps to recognise the special efforts made by operators to provide for visitors with pets and to help them choose special accommodation.  Pet owners should also check out the Discover NI website where they will find a dedicated Me & My Pet section featuring pet friendly places around the province.

“Now pet lovers don’t have to compromise when taking a short break in Northern Ireland or when planning a day away,” added Ruth.


Some of the pet friendly hotels, restaurants and pubs available* around Northern Ireland include;

The Hilton, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, Co Antrim.  The Hilton Belfast has breathtaking views overlooking the city and boasts 198 luxurious, air-conditioned bedrooms including a selection of stunning river-view corner suites and studios with views of the historic Harland & Wolff shipyard.  Visitors can bring their dog along and treat them to a long walk around the city as well as let them stay in their hotel room.


The Hilton, Castle Upton Estate, Templepatrick. This luxurious hotel and country club is situated in the private grounds of the Castle Upton Estate with stunning views overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course.  This hotel boasts unparalleled service and quality with 129 luxurious, air conditioned bedrooms which are sure to be right up your pooch’s street.


Dunhill Cottage, 47 Carnreagh, Hillsborough, Co Down.  Dunhill Cottage offers the very best in luxury pet accommodation.  The cottage is only 10 minutes walk from the picturesque, Georgian village of Hillsborough so visitors can enjoy a tour around Hillsborough Castle or a walk in Hillsborough Forest and bring their dogs along for a treat. The village also boasts fine dining in the award winning bar/restaurants The Plough, The Hillside and The Parsons Nose.


The Coach House at Prehen, Prehen Road, Co. Derry~Londonderry.  This 1840s Coach House sleeps up to 5 people in a two bedroom suite and is perfect for a family or friends travelling together.  Less than two miles from the City centre this is in a wonderfully surprising private setting with many scenic walks available around the river Foyle, perfect for active dogs.

Tandragee Gate Lodge, 36 Tandragee Road, Markethill, Co Armagh.  This is a quaint, listed building which was once the gamekeepers lodge, situated in a small woodland garden within the grounds of Gosford Forest Park.  Armagh is well known for its beautiful Georgian buildings and boutique shops and the Mourne area is easily accessed for walking and the perfect place to explore with dogs.


Manor House Hotel Cottages, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.  On the shores of Lower Lough Erne next to the marina and 100 yards from the hotel are the Manor House self-catering cottages.  These brown brick chalet style cottages are set in private grounds and the large panoramic windows allow visitors to enjoy uninterrupted views of the wonderful waterway.  Each cottage has its own veranda and picnic table for relaxing and enjoying the renowned sunset in Killadeas Bay and families can take their dog for a walk around the private grounds and marina.

Ballynasollus Cottage, Co. Tyrone.  This pet friendly cottage is situated at the western foothills of the Sperrins in Co Tyrone and enjoys majestic views across the Glenelly Valley and the Sperrin Mountains.  The cottage, originally built in 1871 in local red sandstone has now been fully restored to 4 star standard, retaining all original features yet modernised to a 21st century standard making it very comfortable for dogs and their owners.


*Please confirm when booking that you would like to bring your pet.



Woof it down and dine with your pet!


Lily Johnston, 22 Main St, Lisburn, Co Antrim.  No doggie day out is complete without a stop off at this traditional pub. Visitors can enjoy a delicious meal in the cosy bar or Parlour Restaurant.  Dogs are welcome outside on leads and water bowls are provided so they can lap up a drink on a hot day.
Pretty Mary’s, Main St, Moira, Co Armagh, is a popular bar/restaurant with locals and visitors wanting great food, entertainment and a friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome outside (by arrangement only) so families and friends can chill with their four legged bestie whilst looking over the extensive menu.


The Saltwater Brig, 43 Rowreagh Rd, Portaferry Rd, Kircubbin, Co Down.  Dogs are welcome outside at The Saltwater Brig situated on the shores of Strangford Lough.  The restaurant is known for its fresh soda bread and pancakes hot off the griddle as well as its extensive gardens ideal for eating or drinking al fresco. An elevated view looks out over Strangford Lough making it the perfect place to bring the dog for a long walk after a delicious meal.


*Please confirm when booking that you would like to bring your pet.

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