Taking our pooches with us to explore a big city can be a tricky task. There’s so many exciting things for us humans to enjoy, but how can we be sure that the pubs, coffee shops and cool parks that catch our eye are equally as pup-friendly as we are? Fear not! We’ve compiled the ultimate ‘to do’ list for when you’re visiting the bright lights of Manchester, furry chum in tow!
1. First, grab a beer at Kosmonaut, Tariff Street
Head to the Northern Quarter’s ultra-cool Kosmonaut bar, where dogs are always welcomed with open arms. Late night, it gets pretty busy and noisy, but it’s a great choice for chilling out with a beer in the afternoon while your pup cosies up by your side. Last year, they even hosted the launch of a photography exhibition that celebrated Manchester’s dog-friendly boozers. it’s got a huge paws up from us!
2. Chow down at The Beagle, Chorlton
Voted as one of the top five pubs in Manchester, The Beagle (yes, it is named after the breed!) is a dog-friendly haven. There are plenty of seats and cozy corners for you and your pup to relax in as you enjoy a spot to eat here. Opt for the beef brisket tacos and you’ll be licking your plate clean! Plus, the awesome staff are on hand to provide fresh water for your furry companion.
3. Visit Lyme Park House and Gardens, Stockport
Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the tranquil setting of Lyme Hall House and Gardens, Stockport. Set in a 1,300 acre estate which is home to a medieval herd of red and fallow deer, the park offers fun dog-friendly walks as well as stunning views across Manchester. Pooches are also allowed in the formal gardens on selected weekends throughout the year and water bowls are available at the nearby Timber Yard Café.
4. Refuel with a coffee at North Tea Power, Northern Quarter
A day spent in the city just has to have that all-important coffee pit stop, and we’ve found the hot java hotspot! Often talked about as serving the best coffee in Manchester, North Tea Power is a super dog-friendly option for grabbing a cup of Joe. Not only are the pups welcome inside, but they’ve also got a covered outside area where anyone conscious of dragging a big dog indoors can pull up a seat next to their precious pooch with ease.
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5. Go walkies at Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough
Head just north of Manchester to Littleborough, home to a 130-acre lake that is the ideal spot for a sunny afternoon stroll with your dogs. Hollingworth Lake is a popular attraction for Mancunian dog walkers who want to explore a more serene and calm location away from the fast-paced city. There are plenty of routes to take your pick from depending on how long you’d like to spend here. The most common choice is the short walk around the pretty lake, which shouldn’t take any longer than 50 minutes. Don’t forget to take a trip to the nearby fish and chip shop on the journey home!
6. Meet up with fellow pup lovers
Fancy some company both for you and your waggy-tailed friend while out and about in Manchester? Barks in the Parks is a group where woofers and their owners can meet, socialise, and walk their beloved pooches together. All walks are within an hour’s reach of Manchester and often end with refreshments in a dog-friendly cafe or pub. It’s also a great way of finding hidden dog-walking hot spots around the city.
7. Hunt for a vintage bargain
Manchester has a thriving vintage scene and there’s tons of retro stores in the city – many welcoming your four-legged chums! Be sure to check out Piccadilly Records for music classics to suit every taste. Pop Boutique and Retro Rehab are top dog for clothing gems and the quirky Affleck’s Palace became pet friendly earlier this year – they’ve even opened Betty & Butch, where you will find everything from luxury dog soap to dog beer!
8. Catch some live music
Heading out to catch some evening entertainment in the city doesn’t mean you have to leave your pooch at home. There are plenty of dog-friendly pubs that host live music sessions – just make sure your pup is OK with the extra noise! The Oast House, Spinningfields, is a relaxed and cool bar that lets local bands take to the stage and the open terrace is a brilliant place to hang out with your pooch when the sun is going down. Next, head to Hold Bar in the Northern Quarter. This eclectic pub is set in a former bowler-hat factory and welcomes dogs with open arms. You’ll find a mix of music genres, including Vintage Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Disco.
9. Hit the hay at Lushpads Apartments, Oldham Street
After a full day spent talking in the vibrancy of Manchester. Head to Lushpads Apartments, Oldham Street, for a good night’s kip. Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, these fab apartments are the paw-fect mix of luxury and practicality. You and your pup will enjoy the freedom and independence of your own ‘home away from home’ pad, located In the cosmopolitan Northern Quarter. Your pooch is welcome at £10 a night or £25 per stay.