The city by the sea, sandwiched in between the South Downs National Park and the English Channel, Brighton and Hove has been a favourite British holiday destination for decades. It combines an uncompromising, traditional, windswept seaside charm with a modern, relaxed, trendy and bohemian vibe, creating a blend which is quite unique. For dog owners, Brighton and Hove is an ideal place for a city break, with loads of colourful, quirky and fun independent shops, the seaside and the rolling Downland hills all right on your doorstep.

A road sign says ‘Welcome to Brighton and Hove’, with a road and houses in the background
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Dog Friendly Brighton Must Sees

The Lanes & The North Laine

Brighton’s two most famous shopping districts. The former is a higgledy-piggledy warren of narrow streets which reveal an array of jewellers, bric-a-brac shops and art dealers. The latter is a more open series of grid-patterned terraced streets comprising a bewildering array of independently owned businesses. There’s something here for everyone, be they human or canine. From falafels restaurants to head shops selling skull bongs, vintage clothes stores to comic book stores, gift shops to tattoo parlours, Brighton has you covered. It is a vibrant and ever-changing landscape of things to see and do but do be warned: they can be extremely busy!

Dogs and people walk on a beach with Brighton and Hove city in the background
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The Palace Pier

One of the country’s most famous piers, The Palace Pier at Brighton combines old-fashioned seaside hucksterism and amusement arcades, with food stands, bars and even its own theme park (if you dare). It’s also a great viewing platform to look out across the beach, seafront and to watch the murmuration of starlings from the ruins of the West Pier.

The Royal Pavilion Gardens

Dogs are not allowed in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton’s most famous landmark. The Indian and Chinese-inspired royal palace built by King George IV in the late 18th Century will sadly forever remain a mystery to them. However, they are allowed to sit in and explore the Pavilion Gardens, and take in one of the more peculiar slices of Britain’s royal history.

Volk’s Electric light rail stops at a traffic light, with three people on board
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Volk’s Electric Railway

Infuriatingly, Brighton seafront’s newest attraction – the 555-foot tall i360 viewing tower – is off limits to all dogs except for assistance dogs. However, Brighton seafront’s OLDEST tourist attraction, the electric light railway designed by Magnus Volk that has linked the central promenade to Brighton Marina since 1883, IS dog-friendly. It’s a great way to see the Front as well as get to the shops, bars and restaurants of the Marina. And the joke’s on the i360, because the Volk’s Railway – as the world’s oldest operational all-electric railway – also has history on its side.

The Best Dog Friendly Walks in Brighton

The Promenade

From the Marina in the East to the Angel of Peace Statue at Hove Lawns, Brighton and Hove owes much of its character to its seafront. And there is plenty to explore. You can either take it at a pace as stiff as the winds that come in from the Channel coast in order to get yourself a good appetite, or saunter along the pebble beach investigating the array of independent shops, cafes and bars that now inhabit the old fishermen’s nooks beneath the main road. Either way, you’re almost guaranteed to find something interesting.


One of Brighton’s more readily-noted quirks is its topography. It is a hilly old place, the result of sitting in a valley between the chalk hills of the Downs to the north and the sea to its south. As a consequence, Brighton and Hove isn’t blessed with areas suitable for the kind of huge, sprawling parks you will find in other cities its size. However, there are a number to choose from, each with their own character. In the city centre, your best bet is Preston Park, a gently sloping area of open grassland with a small wood. If you find yourself in Hove, there is the glorious Hove Park, the largest green space in Brighton and Hove to be entirely surrounded by the city. 

Another good option is Queen’s Park, in the city’s Hanover area. However, this one needs strong legs and good lungs, as it is approached on all sides by very steep hills. It might be a good idea to hop on a bus in order to get there, or else both you and your dog will be worn out before you’ve even arrived.

But let’s not beat around the bush: the best park to let your dog run wild and free in Brighton and Hove is Stanmer Park, a 464 acre area of grassland, woods, country houses and farmland which sits to the city’s eastern border, towards Falmer and the Universities. It is easily accessible by car or bus and your four-legged friends will absolutely love it.

Devil’s Dyke

Along with Ditchling Beacon, Devil’s Dyke is the city’s most famous natural landmark, a hundred metre-deep valley set in the beautiful South Downs National Park. Only 5 miles from the city centre as the crow flies, you will feel as though you are in another world. Like Stanmer Park, it is easy to get to by both car and local bus services, and your dog will have a great time.

Dog-friendly Cafés and Restaurants in Brighton

Nowhere Man

53 Upper North Street, BN1 3FH

Not far from the central shopping district, Nowhere Man is in the city’s Montpelier area, a quiet and scenic residential area of town where Brighton meets Hove. Nowhere Man is a great place for breakfast, brunch, pancakes or just a coffee. As you’d expect from Brighton, there are plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.


Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS

Here’s a piece of trivia: the first sushi restaurant to open in the United Kingdom was in Brighton. Alas, Moshimo – located opposite Brighton Town Hall, between the Lanes and the sea front, was not it. However, it does do outstanding Japanese food in charming surroundings and is dog-friendly.


Open Market, Marshall’s Row, BN1 4JU

Technically speaking, Smorls isn’t dog-friendly but it is located in the indoor Open Market, which is. And it would be remiss of us not to recommend it to you, because the food they make there is so consistently outstanding. Wholesome, healthy and delicious falafel salad bowls, pittas, burgers and wraps, it is also 100% vegan.

Wild Flor

42 Church Road, BN3 2FN

A recent addition to the already impressive array of restaurants in Hove’s Church Road, Wild Flor boasts classic cookery and an enormous wine cellar. Friendly service and fresh, tasty food.

The New Club

133-134 Kings Road, BN1 2HH

Opposite the i360 and the ruins of the West Pier and with a great sea view, The New Club is a New York-style dining experience, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. It does great steaks and burgers, as well as an exciting array of cocktails.

Small Batch Coffee Roasters

111 Western Road, BN1 2AA

108a Dyke Road, BN1 3TE

70 Goldstone Villas, BN3 3RU

67 Church Road, BN3 2BD

Wellington House, Boundary Road, BN41 1DU

Brighton Station Forecourt, Queens Road, BN1 3XP

If you’re just in the mood for a coffee and a cake, perhaps to dip out of the sea breezes and get into the snug, we recommend Small Batch. They’re the local independent coffee chain and as you can probably tell from their ever-growing list of locations, they’re doing a great job.

A dog stares longingly at his owner's meal in a Brighton pub
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Dog Friendly Pubs in Brighton

The majority of the pubs in Brighton and Hove allow dogs, as is only right and proper. However, here are a few recommendations.

The Pond

49 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AQ

Located just to the north of the North Laine and not far from Brighton Station, The Pond is well worth a visit. There’s always a good choice of drinks and, better still, the kitchen produces a delicious array of Asian-style street food.

The Crescent

6 Clifton Hill, BN1 3HL

Near the Seven Dials area of Brighton, The Crescent is a charming old-fashioned pub with log fires, ample outdoor seating and good pub grub in peaceful and friendly surroundings.

The Lion and Lobster

24 Sillwood Road, BN1 2PS

Tucked away behind the city’s main shopping streets in an otherwise unassuming street of terraced houses in one of Brighton’s most eclectic and fascinating watering holes, The Lion and Lobster features multiple highly-decorated storeys with nooks, crannies, gardens and terraces. There’s always something going on here.

The Hampton

57 Upper North Street, BN1 3FH

From the outside The Hampton looks like a very traditional English pub, and it is. But there is more to it than that. A friendly and buzzing local, it has recently added Indian-inspired street food made by Easy Tiger to its menu, as well as opening its doors to their very own resident pub dog.

Brighton Bierhaus

161 Edward Street, BN2 0JB

In the city’s forever-trendy Kemptown area, Brighton Bierhaus offers a range of German and Belgian beers unmatched anywhere else in the city, alongside local ales and a variety of tasty food.

Dog Friendly Shops in Brighton

Brighton’s shops are unusually dog-friendly, the result of there being so many independently-owned stores around the North Laine and The Lanes. Always remember to ask first if you’re unsure! However, here are some of our picks:

The Laughing Dog

31 The Octagon, Mariner’s Quay, BN2 5WA

Based at Brighton Marina, The Laughing Dog combines gifts, art galleries and a print studio. It also has its own cafe on site.

Dave’s Comics

5 Sydney Street, BN1 4EN

Your one stop shop for everything comic book or graphic novel based, Dave’s also specialises in models and other gifts. The ideal place for a dog who is also a nerd.

Bird and Blend

41 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN

Bird and Blend specialise in tea mixology, and their store in the North Laine lets customers customise and mix their own blends of tea or purchase some of the pre-established tried and tested varieties. Both you and your dog are guaranteed a warm welcome.

You’re Pawfect

32 Ship Street, BN1 1AD

The boutique store your dog has been waiting for its whole life, You’re Pawfect combines dog fashions, toys and treats with a grooming salon and a dog cafe. The only thing that is missing is a cat to chase up a tree, but you can’t have everything.

Two lap dogs in a carry bag at a Brighton party
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Dog-friendly Brighton: Where to Stay

If you’re looking to stay in a dog friendly hotel in Brighton and Hove, here’s our recommendations:


Hove, BN3 2TL

Ideally located just outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre, close to both the beach and the characterful park at St. Ann’s Well Gardens, this private let property sleeps 8 and allows up to two dogs for £171 per night.

Steyning Kilns

Steyning, BN44 3PD

The area just to the north and west of Brighton is home to some unforgettable Downland countryside and also a great variety of dog-friendly holiday cottages and lets. Check out Pets Pyjamas and Canine Cottages for a huge selection. We’ve chosen this one as an example, in the Steyning area which is ideally placed for people wanting to get into the city without missing out on the surrounding countryside.

Old Ship Hotel

32-38 Kings Road, BN1 1NR

Located on the seafront, the Old Ship Hotel is one of Brighton’s most popular resorts. They are also dog friendly, boasting that your four-legged friend will receive as warm a welcome as you do. Your dog will receive a welcome pack of a bowl, bed and treats, and is also free to join you in both the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Prices start at £150 per night, including up to two dogs. 

Artist Residence

33 Regency Square, BN1 2GG

With a prime location in the Georgian splendour of Regency Square, Artist Residence is a quirky and artistic boutique hotel with magnificent views across the beach. Your dog will receive its own bed, bowls and towels, in addition to a welcome pack of treats. They are also welcome to dine with you at the hotel’s restaurant, from £310 per night.


Many of Travelodge’s 570 locations in the UK are pet friendly, including these three in and around the Brighton and Hove area:

Travelodge Brighton Seafront, West Street, BN1 2RE

Travelodge Brighton, 165-167 Preston Road, BN1 6AU

Travelodge Worthing Seafront, 86-95 Marine Parade, BN11 3QD

The Grand Hotel

97-99 Kings Road, BN1 2FW

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Brighton’s most famous hotel, nestled in the centre of the promenade and forever looking, well, Grand. Happily The Grand Hotel also allows dogs to stay, for a £30 additional charge when you book.