A port city on the north west coast of England, Liverpool stands where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Historically one of the most significant trading posts and maritime centres in the country, Liverpool has since transformed itself into one of the UK’s most vibrant and welcoming cultural hubs. If you’ve never been – or you haven’t been for a while – it is well worth a visit. The people of Liverpool are notoriously friendly and both you and your four-legged friend will be greeted with open arms.
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Dog Friendly Liverpool Must Sees
One of the most famous sights in Liverpool is the area around its old dockyards. The most famous of these, The Royal Albert Dock is a fabulous place to visit, even if it is just to walk around and take some photos – the backdrop, composed of a patchwork of buildings old and new, is an extraordinary sight. Also, don’t miss Liverpool Pier Head. It’s a great place for a view of Liverpool’s most famous building, The Liver Building, as well as looking across the river and out to sea. You will also find a larger-than-life statue of the city’s most celebrated sons, The Beatles.
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Another thing you can do at Liverpool Pier Head is hop on a ferry for one of British culture’s most celebrated boat trips, across the Mersey to Birkenhead and the Wirral. Your furry friend will never hear the song again without wanting to tell everyone that they’ve done just that.
Wavertree Botanic Gardens
Liverpool is as fast-moving and energetic as any city in Britain, so why not take a break in this green oasis that stands in the centre of the city? This 11-acre plot was first opened to the public in the middle of the 19th Century and remains one of Liverpool’s most beautiful public parks.
The popular 1960s beat group The Beatles were all born and raised in the city of Liverpool. You may very well have heard of them. In Liverpool you can scarcely move for Beatles Tours, museums and exhibitions. Any of these which feature going inside museums are unlikely to allow dogs, of course, but if you ask around you are likely to find a more tour-based itinerary that will. Ideal for dogs who are keen musicologists.
The Best Dog Friendly Walks in Liverpool
A 235-acre park in the south of the city centre, the impressive Sefton Park has plenty for both you and your dog to discover. In addition to the Palm House conservatory with its three glass domes, there’s a memorial obelisk, fountain and an old Victorian bandstand thought to have inspired Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. You won’t be able to miss the boating lake, but be sure to also visit the Field of Hope: every spring it is awash with daffodils, a million bulbs having been planted there by Marie Curie Cancer Care.
This 126-acre park is located a few hundred metres from John Lennon’s childhood home and is an ideal place to go with a dog or a family. You’ll find a playground, a botanical gardens, a lake which is home to ducks and geese and woodland. There are also some places of historical importance, including a thousand year oak tree and the eponymous Calder Stones themselves, six neolithic-era sandstone boulders which indicated an ancient burial mound.
Rupert Lane Recreation Ground
At the centre of the Everton area of the city, the hilly Rupert Lane Recreation Ground takes you over the top of Everton Brow for some matchless views across the city, while your dog can investigate the trees and undergrowth. It is also home to the Everton Lock-Up, sometimes called Prince Rupert’s Tower, the strange cylindrical Georgian-era tower with a conical roof you will see depicted on the badge of Everton Football Club.
Having ferried across the Mersey and seen so much open water, by now your dog will be desperate to spend a day playing on the beach. Your best bet is to hop on a train for a 15-minute ride to Crosby, just northwest of the city. Here you’ll find dunes, groynes, a traditional British seaside promenade and a wide open expanse of sand for your dog to gallumph around on. It is also home to Anthony Gormley’s statue, Another Place.
Formby Red Squirrel Walk
A few miles up the coast from Crosby you will find Formby, home to a variety of National Trust-administered walking routes and nature trails. In some ways it’s a strange place to find such an abundance of rare wildlife, as much of it is made up from the old waste dumping ground of a now-defunct British tobacco company. Nevertheless, this 1.8 mile trail through sand dunes and woodland is one of the best places to see native red squirrels on the British mainland. Maybe they’re all heavy smokers?
If you follow English football, you’ll already know about Stanley Park. This 110-acre park famously divides the stadiums of Liverpool’s two great clubs, with Everton’s Goodison Park to the west and Liverpool’s Anfield to the east. Your dog is more likely to be impressed by the lake, woodland and wide areas of grassland for running around.
Dog-friendly Cafés and Restaurants in Liverpool
126 Bold Street, L1 4JA
Not far from Liverpool Central Station, Cafe Tabac is an intimate fully-licensed cafe specialising in American-style breakfasts and burgers.
88 Hope Street, L1 9BW
6 Dale Street, L2 4TQ
Another cafe inspired by American breakfast culture, Moose Coffee are similarly keen to recreate their deli/diner experience with stacked sandwiches, brunch options and a wide variety of coffees. Beatles fans will be interested to note that their Dale Street location is near the Cavern Club.
15 Cleveland Square, L1 5BE
A relaxed, independent coffee shop in the city centre, specialising in coffee but also serving up hearty breakfast and lunch options.
Mann Island Buildings, L3 1BP
Let’s celebrate the Lounges. They are starting to pop up all over the country, eclectically decorated and always friendly cafe-bar-restaurants, serving up a wide variety of food and drink (including excellent vegan options, which will please Paul McCartney). Dogs are welcome and in our experience always look forward to a visit. Liverpool has two Lounges: Brasco, near the Waterfront, and Milo, which is near the south side of Sefton Park.
Sugar and Dice
33a Cornhill, L1 8DP
Located close to the Royal Albert Dock, Sugar and Dice combines cafe culture and hearty, homemade food with hundreds of board games. Your dog is bound to find their favourite in there somewhere.
The Crosby Tea Rooms
12 Endbutt Lane, L23 0TR
Having spent the day yomping around Crosby Beach, your dog will be delighted to learn that Annie’s Tea Rooms at Crosby offers a doggy cream tea as a restorative. Their people will be similarly well accommodated, in vintage surroundings.
Down The Hatch
Basement, 62 Duke Street, L1 5AA
A brick-lined basement restaurant and cocktail bar, Down the Hatch specialises in some of the most spectacular vegan junk food you’ll find in the city.
Dog Friendly Pubs in Liverpool
Dead Crafty Beer Company
92 Dale Street, L2 5TF
A haven for beer-lovers, with a huge, regularly rotating array of craft beers on tap or in bottles, the award-winning Dead Crafty Beer Company also welcomes four-legged friends in its rustic and friendly premises near Moorfields Station.
The Baltic Fleet
33A Wapping, L1 8DQ
A Grade-II listed Victorian era building at the heart of the thriving Liverpool Waterfront area, The Baltic Fleet has got everything you could ever want from a traditional British pub: a mahogany bar, open fireplace, great drinks menu and a friendly welcome. Plus, of course, dogs.
The Dog House
15-17 Church Road, L15 9EA
Just off Penny Lane, The Dog House offers quality food and drink options in their immaculately decorated premises which includes an open fire.
2-6 Egerton Street, L8 7LY
One of the oldest pubs in Liverpool, Peter Kavanagh’s maintains all kinds of desirable traditions with its warm, friendly welcome, traditional ales and antique furnishings.
Love Lane Brewery
62 Bridgewater Street, L1 0AY
Located in the city’s Baltic Triangle, Love Lane is a brewery, bar and kitchen which makes its own beer and gin all under its own roof. There are also an array of food options, as well as traditional favourites like pub quizzes and live music.
Dog Friendly Shops in Liverpool
The Baltic Market
107 Stanhope Street, L8 5RE
Liverpool’s first indoor street food market, there’s something for everyone inside The Baltic Market, from determined carnivores to the strictest vegans. If your dog can cope with the sheer onslaught of delicious smells, they’ll have a great time.
PINS Social Club
45-61 Duke Street, L1 5AP
A huge, spacious bar, PINS is a one-stop entertainment hub. As well as a bar and restaurant, it also offers shuffleboard, karaoke, board and table games and its own bowling alley.
Ten Streets Market
27 Cotton Street, L3 7BX
It’s quicker to list the things that they don’t have at Ten Streets Market, a remarkable collection of stores at an indoor market to the north of the city. Here you’ll find arts and crafts, vintage fashion, antiques, and local food and drink.
5 Wall Street, Liverpool
Liverpool’s most famous indoor shopping centre, Liverpool One happily also welcomes visitors with waggly tails. If your pooch finds themselves in need of a pamper, be sure to pay a visit to Dog One while you’re there.
Dog-friendly Liverpool: Where to Stay
If you’re looking to stay in a dog friendly hotel in Liverpool, here’s our recommendations:
3 Aigburth Drive, L17 3AA
Operated by Best Western Hotels, this centrally-located 4-star hotel overlooks Sefton Park. Your dog is welcome in the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lounge area and is also free to be left alone in your room. Accommodation starts from £49 per night, with one dog staying free.
Hope Street Hotel
40 Hope Street, L1 9DA
Sitting in the heart of the city centre, the luxurious Hope Street Hotel welcomes dogs with toys and suggested walking routes. Four-legged friends are also welcome in the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Accommodation starts from £210 per night with one dog.
Ranelegh Street, L3 5UL
One of the city’s most famous hotels, the Adelphi is near to both Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street railway stations. The three-star premises offers affordable accommodation and a prime central location, from £39 per night.
Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock
27 Wapping, L1 8LY
Opposite the Royal Albert Dock and just 350 yards from Liverpool One, this 3-star Ibis hotel is an ideal base to enjoy all the best the city has to offer. Rooms start from £104 per night.
Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower
Chapel Street, L3 9AG
Not far from Pier Head and the Liver Building, the 4-star Atlantic Tower offers views across the Mersey as well as a desirable central location, for just over £50 per night.
One of our dog-friendly city guides wouldn’t be complete without some recommendations for Travelodge hotels. They have two city centre locations in Liverpool that are pet friendly:
Liverpool Central, 25 Old Haymarket, L1 6ER
Liverpool Central Exchange Street, 38 Exchange Street E, L2 3PS