Dog friendly Whitstable with Keepers Cottages

Phoebe Shipton  ·  13th October 2023

Dog friendly things to do in Whitstable

Just an hour and a half journey from central London, the  classical Kentish town of Whitstable is one that should be on your bucket list. Known for its rock oysters and wonderful seafood, Whitstable has been a pilgrimage for fish lovers throughout the years. We know that a trip to the seaside with your beloved pooch is never straightforward, particularly when you have to search for attractions and restaurants that will welcome your pup. We’ve taken the guessing out of your holiday and rounded up our favourite dog friendly spots in Whitstable.

Whitstable Castle and Gardens

When staying somewhere new, your adventurous side gets re-awoken. Enhance your knowledge on the local area of Whitstable and dive into history with Whitstable Castle and Gardens. Built for the Pearson Family as their main residence, Whitstable Castle has been standing since the late 1790s. The honey hued fortress has been the location of many special events throughout the years; from weddings, vintage fairs and murder mysteries, there is always something new to enjoy. Please note, dogs aren’t allowed into the castle but they’re more than welcome in the gardens. There is also a recently refurbished play area for your little ones to enjoy as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

The Bears Trading Company

Along the road in Tankerton, The Bears Trading Company is a little nook that has taken inspiration from the Yosemite National Park in the States. This individual gift shop, tea room and ice cream parlour has been a key attraction since 2011, offering guests a wide range of teddy bears and soft toys for all ages. The garden is a sun trap and perfect to sit with the sun on your face with your dog by your side.

Whitstable Beach

Welcoming your perfect pooch all year round, Whitstable Beach is entirely pebbled and scattered with the iconic oyster shells. This mile-long beach is an ever changing landscape with deep moody skies or a big blue canvas for visitors, depending on the season. With beach huts and fishing boats, there is always something captivating your attention as you crunch along the shoreline. Why not try out something new? With kite surfing, sailing and windsurfing permitted on Whitstable Beach, get your wetsuit on and dive in!

The Old Neptune

When visiting the Kent coast there is nothing better than a wander along the cobbled streets to a cosy pub, and our favourite spot is The Old Neptune or ‘The Neppy’ to locals. With pub classics scattered throughout the menu, why not indulge in the locally caught fish and chips, or even try  a southern favourite of  pie and mash. With dogs welcome, The Old Neptune is ideal for a long Autumnal lunch that may flow into the evening as you can enjoy live music throughout October.

Whitstable Shore Circular walk

Wanting to work up an appetite ahead of lunch? The Whitstable Shore Circular walk is an idyllic 7.6km trail that is incredibly popular amongst locals for walking, cycling and running. The walk is generally level making it a very family friendly hike with views out to sea, historic sites to visit along the way and, of course, many beaches to take a cool, deep breath in of sea air.

Harbour Market

After venturing through the many boutique and antique shops along the high street, enjoy an al fresco browse of local delicacies at the Harbour Market. With nearby artists exhibiting their talents and home kitchen chefs offering testers of their creative concoctions this is a wonderful way to experience a true taste of Whitstable. Why not treat your four-legged friends to a new collar and lead, or even a bandana as there are plenty of stools for dogs too, after all, they do deserve it.

Take a look at our properties that are waiting to welcome you and your furry friend to Whitstable this year.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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