Kent, the Garden of England, home to many wonderful attractions to entertain the whole family. And good news! There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you’re visiting Kent, as there are plenty of places that will welcome your four legged friend! If you're looking for the perfect pup-friendly day out this Father's Day, here are some of our top picks...
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Embark on an Adventure on the Spa Valley Railway
On days when trains are running you can take your dog on the Spa Valley Railway which offers travel between Tunbridge Wells West and Groombridge. You can hop on and off at different stations all day and dogs travel for free. Hop off in Tunbridge Wells and take the 5 minute walk to the Pantiles where you will find a plethora of amazing pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as independent shops. Head to High Rocks or Groombridge for a beautiful countryside walk, the Weald is renowned for it's natural beauty and is a total doggy paradise!
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Amble Around Biddenden Vineyards
Perfect for foodie dads, Biddenden Vineyards are packed with local produce, award winning wines, ciders, and apple juice. There really is no better way to enjoy Kentish produce! Dogs are welcome on leads and self-guided tours are available which you can enjoy at your own pace, perfect if you're bringing your pooch along. The scenery surrounding the vineyards is stunning so be sure to bring your camera along.
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Explore Dover Castle
Known as the Key to England, Dover Castle has been in our nation's first line of defence for over 20 centuries. Step inside the Great Tower and discover the grandeur of Henry II’s medieval palace. Climb to the rooftop for unmissable views across the English Channel. Then head underground and navigate your way through the winding Medieval Tunnels built to protect the castle from attack. There are over 80 acres of castle grounds to explore too! And the best part - dogs on leads are welcome within the castle grounds.
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Drink Award-wining Beer at Curious Brewery
What would dad love more than a pint with his pooch? We really think this is what paw-rents dreams are made of! Head to the restaurant at Curious Brewery in Ashford and you and your pup can enjoy beer freshly brewed on-site and a delicious menu that pairs perfectly with the Curious Brew. From steak and burgers to salads and vegan options, there is something on the menu for everyone. They even have an incredible Sunday roast selection! Plus, Ashford Designer Outlet and Ashford International Station are within easy walking distance.
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Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure with Canoe Wild
Fancy paddling with your pooch? Canoe Wild in Canterbury allows you to do just that! Small to medium dogs are welcome aboard Canoe Wild boats, with fresh water and treats available after a paddle. Take your canine companion on an epic adventure along the river Stour, with different boats and routes available to suit everyone. Why not opt for a longer paddle and stop off for a picnic amongst the beautiful Kent countryside along the way?
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Hike Through Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest
For the truly adventurous, outdoorsy dad, we recommend a trip to the impressive Bedgebury National Pinetum. Whilst your pooch may not understand that this unique woodlands is the finest collections of conifers in the world, they are bound to enjoy the chance to run through the forest trails. Pack yourself a picnic and make a full day of it!
Visit Thanet's Micro Pubs
Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate offer a thriving and growing Micro Pub scene, each with its own unique style and atmosphere. Why not let dad sample some of East Kent’s best local ales and ciders and enjoy what’s fast becoming Thanet’s new way to drink? Many of the micro pubs are dog friendly so you won't have any problem bringing your pooch along. Plus, you can pay our seaside shop a visit whilst you're near! Explore a map of Thanet's micro pubs here.