Dog Friendly Guernsey

Every member of the family deserves a holiday and when you visit Guernsey, there is no need for your four-legged friend to miss out. Guernsey is incredibly dog-friendly with facilities across the island catering to man’s best friend. The island is a paradise for outdoor lovers and dogs will enjoy the walks, beaches and outdoor activity that Guernsey has to offer. Dog friendly Guernsey includes hotels, restaurants and pubs, making it easy to enjoy your trip to Guernsey without needing to compromise and miss out on the things you want to do.

Getting to Guernsey with a Dog

If you’re travelling from the UK to Guernsey with a dog, the best option is via ferry. While pets can travel by air, the logistics and stress is not worth it when taking the ferry takes just a few more hours. Condor Ferries allows dogs to travel on its routes to Guernsey and you can rest assured that your pet is comfortable.

If you are travelling by ferry with your vehicle, your dog must remain in the car for the journey. If you are travelling by foot, your dog must board in a cage that meets RSPCA requirements which will be held in a designated pet area for the journey. For journeys on either Commodore Clipper or Condor Islander, pet-friendly cabins are available that accommodate up to two pets. Dogs are only permitted to leave the cabin to exercise on the outdoor deck but must be muzzled at all times when not inside the cabin.

Although pets travel for free on Condor Ferries, they must be part of the booking. There is no requirement for a pet passport for travel between the UK and Guernsey, however, it is advised that you have pet insurance and that your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations prior to departure.

Getting Around Guernsey with a Dog

Getting around Guernsey with a dog could not be any easier. For most travelling to Guernsey with a dog, you will arrive by ferry and in the majority of instances, have your car with you. This makes it exceptionally easy to explore the island with your dog. However, if you are a foot passenger travelling by ferry, there are also many options for getting around Guernsey with a dog.

If you want to navigate the island by car but for whatever reason decide not to bring your own, Sixt permits pets in their rental cars. The company can meet you at the ferry terminal on arrival in Guernsey, making it easy to hire a car in Guernsey. Alternatively, you may choose to take advantage of Guernsey’s incredible public transportation system. Dogs are allowed on the island’s bus service with regular connections across all parishes. For more direct transportation, you can take a taxi with both Bushey Taxis and Lambourne Taxis allowing pets.

Dog Friendly Accommodation in Guernsey

When it comes to accommodation, the options are seemingly endless in Guernsey. Many of the island’s hotels are pet-friendly, including renowned Guernsey hotels such as the Old Government House Hotel and Imperial Hotel. However, self-catering accommodation is usually more convenient for anyone visiting Guernsey with a dog.

Self-catering accommodation gives you peace of mind that your pet will not be disturbing other guests and you can also choose accommodation with a private garden for exercising and toileting. Rocquaine Bay Apartments and Vazon Bay Apartments are great options for dog-friendly accommodation while you can also find a great selection of dog-friendly holiday lets on the top vacation rental platforms.

Camping is also a great option, allowing you to truly enjoy the great outdoors in Guernsey. Most campsites on the island are dog-friendly but make sure to confirm prior to booking.

Dog Friendly Beaches in Guernsey

Many of the island’s beaches are dog-friendly but it is important to be aware that for some beaches, dogs are only permitted at certain times of year. Thankfully, only a small handful of Guernsey’s beaches prohibit dogs throughout the summer months, allowing you to freely enjoy the majority of the island’s breathtaking coastal spots.

Dogs are not permitted on the following Guernsey beaches between 1st May and 30th September:

  • Fermain Bay
  • Petit Bot
  • L’Erée
  • Vazon Bay (Northern End)
  • Cobo Bay
  • Port Soif
  • L’Ancresse
  • Pembroke Bay

It is also worth noting that Richmond Beach has a voluntary winter ban. While it is legal to take your dog onto Richmond Beach throughout the winter, it is an important site for the island’s declining wading bird populations. Therefore, it is requested that dogs stay clear of the beach to protect the wildlife.

Dog Friendly Attractions in Guernsey

While visiting Guernsey with your dog, you can experience more than just the beaches and woodland walks. The island is home to many attractions that are dog-friendly, allowing you to enjoy the full Guernsey experience.

For outdoor attractions, popular parks and gardens including Candie Gardens and Saumarez Park allow dogs to visit as long as they remain on a lead. Not only do many of Guernsey’s outdoor attractions allow dogs, select indoor attractions do too. The German Underground Hospital and Rocquette Cider Farm allow dogs to visit, providing a range of attractions for you to experience accompanied by your canine. Dogs are also allowed on Petit Train Guernsey which offers daily sightseeing tours of St Peter Port.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Guernsey

Across the island, there are many eateries that are dog-friendly. It is worth noting that dog-friendly policies are subject to change and it is important to check before you visit. Many of the restaurants and cafes that are located on the beachfront and along the coast are dog-friendly. However, you will also find some dog-friendly dining locations further inland and in the centre of St Peter Port.

Fermain Beach Cafe

Nestled on the edge of Fermain Bay, the Fermain Beach Cafe is a popular dog-friendly spot. With beautiful coastal views, diners can admire the scenery while enjoying the delicious menu featuring a variety of dishes including the catch of the day, home cooked favourites and a scrumptious cheesecake selection.

Cobo Tea Rooms

With a charming beach terrace overlooking Cobo Bay, Cobo Tea Rooms is an idyllic place to grab a coffee or a bite to eat when you are exploring with your pet.

Saltwater Restaurant and Terrace

Taking in the view of Beaucette Marina, Saltwater Restaurant and Terrace is a relaxing spot in Vale to dine with your dog. Boasting a menu of local ingredients and the island’s best seafood, this a great spot to enjoy a more elevated dining experience.

Copenhagen Restaurant

Featuring a rustic terrace with views of St Peter Port and Castle Cornet, Copenhagen Restaurant is an elegant restaurant where your dog can accompany you. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a monthly-changing set menu and afternoon tea.

Octopus

Specialising in French cuisine, Octopus is an impressive restaurant in St Peter Port. Taking in Castle Cornet, the restaurant will shortly reopen after a full renovation.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Guernsey

Many of Guernsey’s pubs are dog-friendly, perfect for stopping for a coffee, bite to eat or drink in the beer garden during a wander round the island.

The Crown Club at The Old Government House Hotel

In addition to being a dog-friendly hotel, The Old Government House Hotel has a dog-friendly pub that allows your pup to join you in the bar area or outdoor terrace. The Crown Club is a cosy bar with an opulent feel, boasting a selection of premium whiskies, signature vintage wines and inventive cocktails.

The Plough Inn

A particular favourite with walkers, The Plough Inn is the oldest public house in Guernsey and a great stopping point in St Peter Port. Dogs are permitted in the bar, restaurant and gardens.

Mint Brasserie and Last Post Pub

For those exploring the countryside rather than the coast, Mint Brasserie and Last Post Pub is a great dog-friendly pub. Just a few minutes from the German Underground Hospital which is also dog-friendly, the pub provides you with a cosy space for a break from exploring.

The Taproom at Little Big Brew Co.

Guernsey’s only craft brewing company welcomes dogs into its taproom. Here you can enjoy the newest beers alongside a fully-stocked bar offering something for everyone. Little Big Brew Co. also creates a dog-friendly ale so your pup can join in with the beer tasting too.

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