At Dog Holidays UK, we pride ourselves on offering variety to our customers and introducing you to dog friendly destinations across the UK you can enjoy with your dog.
When I was looking to get away on a dog friendly holiday with Ralph soon after getting him, we kept coming across dog friendly cottages and country house hotels on repeat. And whilst we absolutely love these options for a break, we felt they surely couldn’t be the only ones out there for people with dogs to enjoy! We are making it our mission to open up the UK to dog owners and bring you traditional dog friendly holidays whilst also introducing you to new places that you can discover and explore with your dog, family and friends.
We kicked off the new year with a trip to Liverpool known for its incredible music scene, nightlife and world class football clubs. There is so much more to enjoy and do here than first meets the eye and we are really excited about sharing this with you.
We stayed at the Staybridge Suites Liverpool, a beautiful, all Suite, dog friendly hotel located on the famous Albert Dock waterfront. The hotel is really easy to find and has it’s own secure car park on site too. On arrival, we had a truly friendly greeting from all the staff who just couldn’t wait to come and meet Ralph and welcome him to the hotel, he was even made their guest of the day, how cool is that?!
So this is where you may be wondering, what exactly is an all suite hotel? Well let us explain. Simply, the rooms are kitted out with self catering facilities like you would expect if you booked to stay in a a studio or apartment but you also get the added benefit of hotel facilities on top. This is our very first time staying in ‘suite style accommodation’ and it completely works for a break whether that be short or even long stay, especially if you are travelling with a dog. We checked in to a one bedroom apartment and just WOW! The rooms are modern, large and spacious. They are kitted out with a fridge freezer, hob, microwave, dishwasher, crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking equipment - basically everything you need to have a night in and cook for yourself. This we found to be handy as Ralph likes to eat with us and we can get set up just like we would at home. In addition to the self catering facilities, the Staybridge Suites Liverpool also offers the following like you would expect from a hotel:
- 24 hour reception
- Grab and Go Pantry - this can be likened to a shop so you can buy essentials and treats such as wine, microwave meals, crisps, chocolates, all sorts of bits
- Fitness Studio
- Laundry Room - perfect for after muddy or beachside walks!
- All guests can also enjoy a generous hot and cold breakfast buffet
- A welcome treat bag is included for dogs - Ralph loved this! tasty snacks and a couple of toys plus those all important doggy bags
Once we had unpacked and got settled into our lovely apartment, we headed straight out on to the Albert Docks and took a stroll around! The area is on the waterfront and there are lots of lovely bars, restaurants, shops and points of historical interest for you to wander around and get some great photographs! You will find some of the Lamb Bananas which were designed as part of the cities European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008. Here, you will also find The Pier Head which is home to The Beatles Statue, donated by The Cavern Club, its truly life like and a complete must for any fans of the fab four! Just behind the statue is the Three Graces, the beautiful, iconic buildings that comprise the famous skyline of the City - the Royal Liver Building and their liver birds, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. This area provides a great opportunity for you to walk the dog and maybe just sit and look out to the sea and watch the world go by.
Early evening we decided to head out and enjoy some of the dog friendly pubs in Liverpool. We stopped off at the Brasco Lounge at the Albert Docks. This is a dog friendly bar/cafe where you can enjoy tapas food in a relaxing setting. We just stayed for drinks as we stopped for food on our drive but the menu was great and we spotted some very tasty dishes coming out of the kitchen! The staff were very welcoming and there were not restrictions on where we sat.
From there we headed over to a few other bars - Salt Dog Slims was the next stop. This is located at the bottom of Seal Street - prepare for about a 15/20 minute walk. This is a cool and quirky little bar with a large beer garden to enjoy if the weather is nice. They offer an emporium of world beers, bespoke cocktails, and American style chilli dogs. We liked it here however imagine it would attract a younger crowd and get quite lively later on so just worth considering.
Our final stop in the evening we imagine doesn’t need much introduction, Brew Dog Liverpool. From the off, the guys behind Brew Dog have been really forward thinking and have always welcomed dogs so we felt very welcome and completely at home. We enjoyed it here as the bar is large and seating areas spacious. You can also just get tucked away in your own booth - some big enough for groups and others perfect for couples. There were plenty of dogs inside too so of course, lots of introductions made!
Overall, it was really nice to be able to go out and socialise and have a fun evening with Ralph where he was as welcome as us. We would happily reccommend any of the bars mentioned. There were many more dog friendly pubs in Liverpool we could have visited but after much walking around in the sea air it was time for us to get a rest! We picked up some fish and chips and took them back to our room to enjoy with some TV.
Late on in the evening Ralph did need to go out for the toilet. This was really easy, straight down in the lift and out the front of the hotel is a large grass area which is all lit up so no need to go on a long walk unless you essentially need to. There were a few other dog owners staying at the same time as us who found the set up really convenient.
The next morning, we headed down for breakfast. The set up was great, a hot and cold buffet. If you have a well behaved dog they are welcome to stay in the bedroom while you are out. Alternatively, you can enjoy breakfast near the fire with the dog which is what we did - Ralph was also treated to a couple of sausages to kick start his own day after being such a good boy and well behaved guest! The breakfast was great - a large selection of continental and hot items so something for everyone.
We spent the second day popping to some shops at Liverpool One - there are heaps that are dog friendly, click here for a list. Shopping can be thirsty work so we also stopped for a drink and lunch at The Clubhouse which has a nautical feel and comes with a large garden area, a real sun trap in the summer months. We loved it here as its stylish, with good music and a really lovely place to go with the dog. Again we were made very welcome. We enjoyed some of the hanging chicken kebabs, they were wonderful and would come highly recommended.
We wandered around the City, stopping at Matthews Street which is home to the Cavern Club and a few more famous spots for pictures. No visit to Liverpool though would be complete without a stop at Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club which is our families team. We took Ralph over to the famous gates for photographs. Whether you are a blur or a red, both clubs are about a 15 minute drive from the city centre traffic dependant so easy enough to reach if you want some photos for fun!
From here we then decided to hit the beach at New Brighton. There are a lot of dog friendly beaches in Liverpool and the surrounding areas so you will be pretty spoilt for choice. Crosby Beach we have heard from several people is a great place to go with the dogs however we decided to do New Brighton as it was on our route home. The tide was in yet there was still heaps of space for Ralph to run around and hop into the sea for a swim! There is a great promenade walk you can do and the beach itself was great, we imagine it would be pretty busy in the summer though. All stretches here as far as we know are dog friendly. There are about ten different dog friendly beaches in and around Liverpool, click here for more information.
And this wrapped up our trip to Liverpool! Sightseeing, dog friendly pubs, dog friendly shops, trips to world famous football clubs and glorious stretches of beach. A really fun, social weekend all in all. This was our first city break and it has given us so much confidence to head out on more. And of course, it was great to be able to explore with Ralph in tow. There was still so much that we could have done, the issue was packing it all in! It’s worth mentioning there is also dog friendly public transport - bus, metro etc. And much more to do such as parks, cafes, markets etc and activities in the warmer months. So next time you think of a mini break why not take the dog, head to Liverpool and stay at the dog friendly Staybridge Suites Liverpool. You won’t be disappointed!
If you are looking for a dog friendly hotel in Liverpool or are interested in a stay at this hotel then click here and get in touch with us to make an enquiry and get booked in. Prices from £90.00 per night and dogs stay for £20.00 per night.