Nobody likes leaving their pooch at home when they go out, especially not when you’re visiting the vibrant city of Birmingham! Just imagine the whimpers and puppy dog eyes if your dog knew you’d be experiencing the UK’s second city without them by your side.

Fortunately, as the proud host of the renowned Crufts dog show, Brummies are well-versed in extending a warm welcome to our canine companions, ensuring they can accompany you wherever you go in the city.

If you're thinking of paying the region a visit, we’ve put together some recommendations for how to spend a dog-friendly day in Birmingham and the West Midlands, from drool-worthy food and drink to a scenic walk and dreamy hotel stay. Let’s get into it!

‘Barkfast’ is served at JuJu’s Café in the City Centre

JuJu’s is a quaint canal-side cafe which serves up a proper soul-warming British breakfast, the ideal choice for a cosy morning coffee and bite to eat. Make sure you also order a puppuccino to ward off any FOMO from your pup whilst you tuck in! Its convenient location is only a stone’s (or ball’s) throw from many key city-centre attractions, allowing you to get straight on with your day of exploring!

Fetch a midday snack at The Botanist in the City Centre

For a relaxed lunch date with your furry companion, look no further than The Botanist. Located in a historic canal-side building, this pub offers a welcoming atmosphere for both humans and dogs with a huge range of menu options to choose from including their famous hanging kebabs. The outdoor seating area is perfect to recharge in while enjoying the company of your pup.

Walkies! Visit Sutton Park to unleash some energy

If you're looking for a long scenic dog walk, head over to Sutton Park. This huge nature reserve is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and offers miles of walking trails, lakes and woodlands to explore, so don’t forget the tennis ball! It’s incredibly diverse with so much to explore, meaning infinite sniffing opportunities for your pooch.

Paw-fect plates: Dinner is served at Hockley Social Club

Hockley Social Club is a vibrant dog-friendly hotspot featuring a rotation of top street food vendors whose menus are always guaranteed to impress! Ran by the talented team behind the famous Digbeth Dining Club, you’ll be able to try a huge range of food, from Asian-inspired cuisine and gourmet tacos to jam-packed burgers and succulent kebabs. In addition to their exciting food and drink offerings, Hockley Social Club hosts a variety of evening entertainment, including comedy nights and live music, ensuring every visit is a night to remember.

Hair of the dog: Go for drinks at The Distillery in the City Centre

Located in The Roundhouse close to Brindleyplace and the Barclaycard Arena, The Distillery is a wonderfully central pub where dogs are welcome in both their inside and outside spaces. If gin’s your thing, The Distillery boasts their own distilled gin on-site and even hosts gin-making workshops for those looking to craft their own unique blend. With two floors and a large courtyard, your dog has plenty of space to enjoy whilst you sip the night away.

Treat yourself: The Belfry is a dog-friendly stay to write home about

Bring your pooch along for a magnificent stay at The Belfry. Dogs are welcome in bedrooms, Sam’s Clubhouse, and almost all outside areas, meaning you can wine, dine, and relax with your companion by your side! The hotel is near to various nature reserves, including Kingsbury Water Park which boasts 15 lakes nestled within 600 acres of country park; Middleton Lakes in the River Tame Valley, home to wetlands, meadows, and woodlands; as well as the beautiful 2,400-acre Sutton Park. It really is dog heaven!

Getting around Birmingham with your dog

Wondering how to get your pup from place to place on your big day out? It’s easy to travel around Birmingham with dogs as the city’s trains, buses, and trams all allow furry friends to come aboard.


To wrap things up

So, we hope you've been inspired to treat your pup to a well-deserved sniff around Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Looking for more ideas on how to spend time with your dog in the city? Check out our dog-friendly places to visit in Birmingham page for more inspiration.




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