DOG FRIENDLY NORWICH
Dog-friendly places in Norwich
Norwich is a city in Norfolk that loves dogs – there are lots of fabulous places which will welcome them with open arms. Here are some of the top most dog-friendly parks, cafes, pubs, shops and general hangouts for your furry friend to pop into when you both come to visit the city.
Dog-friendly greenery, culture and wildlife
It’s not just all the greenery and beauty of Eaton Park which keep dog walkers coming back here time and again; there's also the fun of watching boats on the scaled-down model boating lake or sitting back and watching a game or two of tennis on the courts. But mainly people come back because you can take time out to enjoy morning coffee in the Eaton Park café with your best four-legged friend tucked up by your feet.
@eatonparkfriend: “Eaton Park is one of Norwich’s most beautiful historic parks. There are 80 glorious acres packed with great things to see and do, for all ages.”
Let your dog run free in more than 184 acres of lovely woodland at Mousehold Heath. There are also some fabulous views for you to marvel at, especially at night when there are plenty of bright, twinkling, orange lights. You can almost see the whole of Norwich from this spot above the city in fact, including the spectacular cathedral. In the woodland itself during daylight hours there is plenty of wildlife for you to spot and your dog to enjoy investigating.
Although dogs can’t go inside the museum of art, they are permitted in the Sculpture Park. This is an impressive 350 acres of parkland at the University of East Anglia (UEA). In the park you’ll spot architecture and art, including work by Henry Moore, Antony Gormley and Elisabeth Frink. And, if that hasn’t tired you out, there is the nearby Yare River valley to exercise a little more.
Norwich Cathedral & The Close
Yes, despite its magnificence, not to mention its historical and religious importance, dogs are permitted inside the Romanesque Norwich Cathedral. You can browse the Cloisters and The Labyrinth indoors then head outside to The Close with its 44-acres of green space and riverside walks.
Sniff out some more lovely places to walk around Norwich from our friends Tom & Toto - dog walkers in Norwich. They have some great recommendations here on their blog! Where to Walk
Dog-friendly eating and drinking
There’s nothing nicer after a long dog walk in the sun than a glass of cool lager at Redwell Brewing. You'll find it at the Arches in Bracondale and not far from Whitlingham Country Park - the brewery welcomes visitors – two and four-legged alike. You can check out the wood-fired pizza at the same time – in case that walk in the fresh air just happened to make you a little peckish…
This café at 18 Wensum Street even has its own resident pooch, ready to greet visitors – both human and canine alike. He’s a giant golden retriever called Toby and regularly rolls over for a tummy tickle. The café serves up healthy snacks in large portions, such as tasty sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes.
A truly gorgeous building that houses a truly wonderful restaurant. 100% plant-based and vegan, and also plastic-free. Erpingham House also packs plenty of gluten-free options. Most of the food is as locally sourced as possible. Expect a range of cuisines, with gorgeous stir fries using seitan (plant-based meat) through to quality burgers. In hotter weather, they also have gorgeous smoothie bowls on the go, stuffed with nutrient-packed ingredients. This is one of Norwich's true highlights, and well worth a visit. The building itself is truly a pleasure to be in as well, with gorgeous flowers and plants growing and scaling the walls. Fantastically dog friendly and truly lovely to pooches of shapes and sizes. Highly recommended!