Dog Friendly East Yorkshire: Burton Agnes Hall and walks, Bridlington

When you decide to go to Bridlington in East Yorkshire with your dog there’s a fair chance  the main attraction is the amazing dog friendly beaches in the area. Sometimes though even the most avid seaside fans amongst us like to try something different and the good news is that only 6 miles from Bridlington is the hidden gem that is Burton Agnes Hall. A magnificent and picturesque Elizabethan stately home that is recognised as one of “the 20 best houses” in England – alongside national treasures such as Windsor Castle and Chatsworth House.  Of course dogs are not actually allowed inside the house itself but the grounds and gardens are stunning, full of sniffs and infinitely instagrammable, so we consider it to be a great day out with dogs!

When we visit we always start off with a walk around the woodland sculpture walk, which is just a mile long. The girls absolutely adore this trail and yesterday Lucia made us laugh by hopping on every available bench, tree trunk or sculpture to have her photograph taken. (I think she really believes she’s a dog model!) There are some beautiful trees and although they are not marked as ancient, some of the majestic trees on this trail are the biggest I’ve seen anywhere! Every February the woodland is covered by a magnificent carpet of snowdrops and the legendary Burton Agnes “snowdrop spectacular” is a sight to behold. Definitely not to be missed if you are up this way in February!

The woods are also home to some amazing wild flowers, notably the “Cocker Bloom”

*My favourite part of Burton Agnes Hall is the Walled Garden, it contains over 4000 different plants as well as a maze and giant draughts and chess sets. So often walled gardens in stately homes are out of bounds to dogs, so it is a real treat to be able to walk round this beautiful one. The garden was actually only created in 1990 to contain the original Elizabethan gardens that had been grassed over back in the seventies after becoming too difficult to manage. The design combines the ideas and planting of the two Elizabethan ages as well as incorporating more modern garden materials, flowers and shrubs. The result is astonishing and as a keen gardener I could of spent all day in there – the girls had other ideas though!

The formal grounds are equally stunning and there is a really relaxed atmosphere at the hall, which is perfect for dogs!  Folk were sat on the lawns eating their picnics in the sun yesterday, and I even saw a couple of pooches playing fetch! Mind you dogs are understandably only permitted in the grounds if on a lead and personally I would never let my girls loose – it’s these sort of actions that can spoil things for everyone and end up in dogs being banned altogether, so if you do go, please respect the rules and keep your dog on a lead. We chose to eat our lunch at the dog friendly café, where they sell scrumptious cake and cold lemonade and beer as well as a range of paninis etc. There are water bowls for pooches too and the staff are great dog lovers, just as well as there was a dog at nearly every table when we visited.

You can also visit Burton Agnes Manor House, which is adjacent to the Hall, this is run by English Heritage and admission is free. The highlight here is the well preserved Norman undercroft and a 15th century roof.(which were encased in brick during the 18th century)

Now there’s enough to see and do at Burton Agnes Hall to provide a full day of entertainment for you and you pooch but, being walkers at heart we couldn’t resist getting up early to complete the Burton Agnes and Kilham circular walk before our visit. It’s a hike  that had been on our to do list for a while and one that we’ll definitely do again. It’s a fairly easy and flat 7.5 miles with some beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds. The great thing about this walk is that Maya and Lucia could be allowed off lead for most of it – something that they relish. There is also a little beck that your pooch can take a dip in half way round so my dogs definitely give it the paws up!
Before I go I wanted to thank you all for reading and supporting our blog and share some exciting news – has been selected as a Top Ten UK Dog Blog by Feedspot – so exciting!

I hope you are all having a fabulous time with your dogs, especially as we are experiencing such wonderful weather. Do you have any suggestions for pawsome days out with dogs where you live – why not let us know in the comments below.


Love Sal. Maya & Lucia xxx



16 thoughts on “Dog Friendly East Yorkshire: Burton Agnes Hall and walks, Bridlington”

  1. Oh I love the photographs Sal!! They are beautiful! It sounds like a really nice day out xx

  2. Great reading! This looks like a great day out, which we will bear in mind if we’re anywhere near!
    Fountains Abbey in a Ripon is another great place to explore with dogs, if you fancy a visit to North Yorkshire.
    Finally, congratulations and well deserved!
    Jane, Archie and Dexter x

    1. Thanks so much Jane. It’s a really lovely place, I’m sure Archie and Dexter would love it. xxx

  3. Gorgeous photos and a splendid review!Love how this beautiful place has so much to offer!What a truly wonderful day out!Love the cocker bloom too btw!!
    And Big Congrats to you on being selected as a Top Ten Dog UK Blog!!Your reviews are always so informed and a pleasure to read,you deserve it!Love n hugs Fran and Fenton xxx

    1. Thanks so much Fran, Burton Agnes is really beautiful and they serve a mean cake there too! xxx

  4. What a wonderful review! I just loved reading about your adventures and learning more about Burton Agnes Manor too ! Congratulations on being chosen as ind if the top 10 UK
    Dog blogs too! That’s so well deserved and so fabulous! Love you girls so much!

  5. Wonderful pictures, and sounds like an absolute perfect place for the dogs. Wish we were a bit closer, Cass would love it! And really big congratulations on being in the Top Ten Uk Dog Blogs ? We agree! ? Samantha and Cassie ?

    1. It’s such a lovely place Samantha with a wonderful ambience. Thanks so much for reading. xxx

  6. Loved reading about such a gorgeous place, so lucky that it is dog friendly. So happy for you re Feedspot Xx

    1. Thanks so much Michelle, I really appreciate you reading and commenting. xxx

  7. Wonderful place and what a beautiful pictures as always. We have very places in Spain too but they don’t usually admit dogs.
    Congrats to Maya, Lucia and you on being in the Top Ten Dog UK Blogs, you deserve it!
    Your blog is always very interesting.

    1. There are places in the UK too that don’t allow dogs, but we are very lucky that so many do. Thanks so much for reading Eva. xxx

  8. We went on holiday last year (Neville’s first holiday) to Filey and had a day trip to Bridlington. The whole area seemed so dog-friendly I would love to go back again! The gardens look beautiful and it looks like the girls enjoyed themselves!

    1. Oh yes Filey is beautiful too! In fact I have a post planned about it in the very near future. There’s lots for dogs around Brid too though. Thanks so much for reading. xxx

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