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It's a Dogs Life at the Griffin

Cornwall is a such an amazing place to holiday with your pooch, with amazing walking opportunities, beaches and dog friendly locations. That’s why our hotel, bar and beer garden are dog friendly; we warmly welcome well-behaved dogs on a lead. Please note that dogs staying in the hotel are charged £8 per night each to cover our additional cleaning costs. For more information about other dog friendly locations in the area, see below:

Dog Friendly Beaches


Towan Beach is a good family sandy beach offering good shelter on a windy day. Set in Newquay centre it can get busy. Towan Beach is backed by a sea wall and the tide covers beach at high tide. There is a grassy area overlooking the beach for those who prefer grass to sand. The beach is found in front of the Sealife Centre and to the side of Towan Island and suspension bridge. 

Great Western

One of the Newquay town beaches situated between Towan and Tolcarne beaches in North Cornwall. A sheltered sandy beach backed by cliffs popular with families and learner surfers due to the smaller surf. Mostly covered at high tide. Cornish cliffs make Great Western beach shady in the morning. There are toilets, a cafe and beach paraphernalia hire. Lifeguarded over the summer season.


Fistral Beach Newquay boasts an immense stretch of golden sand pounded by the famous Fistral break. Fistral beach is popular with surfers, beachgoers, families and dogs as this North Cornwall beach is dog friendly all year. Excellent facilities with shops, cafe, hire shops, toilets, showers and surf lessons. Long season of lifeguard cover.


A small sandy beach known as a sun trap in the centre of Newquay. This is a working harbour and boats are arriving with their daily catch so the beach can be slightly littered with the unwanted fish. Maybe better to explore than to sit. A dog friendly beach all year. Watch out for the Newquay Fish Festival held here every year. A 5/10 minute walk from Newquay town centre.

Dog Friendly Attractions

Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is Europe’s largest restoration project with it now having been tranformed into the mysterious gardens and estate that offer over 200 acres for exploration. There is much to be discovered in the gardens so be sure to look out for the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady that are all waiting to be discovered along the Woodland Walk. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome to the Gardens all year round providing a fantastic place to walk your four legged friend. Please be aware that dogs are not permitted to enter the Heligan Tearoom or Stewardry.

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Healey’s Cornish Cyder farm produces spirits, wines, Scrumpy, preserves and ciders. It is a free attraction with lots to keep you entertained throughout the day. You can take a guided tour to learn the art of cider making, join a trailer ride around the fruit orchards, visit the first distillery and combined cellars in Cornwall for 300 years or see some of the friendly farm yard animals. There is a small cost for the guided tour and trailer ride. Your dog is welcome to join you in exploring the shop, visiting their museum, distillery and cellars and they’re even welcome to join you for a tractor ride!

Adrenalin Quarry Liskeard

Adrenalin Quarry provides adventure activities for all of the family. Entrance is free but the activities do cost. Have a go at the Zip, the 490m long and 50m high zipwire, or the Giant Swing that can launch you 170ft over the lake before falling backwards towards the ground. Wild swimming, coasteering and axe throwing are also available alongside the ‘Blob’ their human catapult. Dogs are welcome on the site as you can enjoy the day beside the lake with a picnic or BBQ that you have brought with you or pre-ordered online from Adrenalin Quarry before spending the day sunbathing on the lawn.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. It is Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives and gives you the chance to discover Cornwall’s railway heritage. Dogs are welcome on the service trains, except in the Bar & Buffet Car (Assistance Dogs excepted) and require a £1.00 ticket . You will need to keep them on the floor and not on the furniture and please ensure that your dog is on a short lead whilst on the platforms or the train. 

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