A mooch with the pooch in Manchester

Diverse, energetic, inclusive and brimming with character Manchester extends a really warm and friendly welcome to all, including you and your furry friend. Explore the city centre and sniff out some of Manchester’s amazing shops, bars and eateries or head out of town to the city’s parks, historic houses and other pup-friendly places

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Shopping

Manchester is known for its thriving vintage shopping scene and there’s tonnes of retro stores in and around the city – many welcoming you and your little tykes. Visit Piccadilly Records for music to suit all tastes, pop into Pop Boutique for clothing, and explore the quirky Affleck’s Palace.

Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR

Pop Boutique, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN

Affleck’s Palace, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW

Other dog-friendly shops

Butcher’s Quarter, 66 Tib St, M4 1LG

Oklahoma, 74-76 High St, M4 1ES

Fred Aldous, 37 Lever St, M1 1LW

Nothern Flower, 58 Tib St M4 1LG

Blacks, 200 Deansgate, M3 3NN

Object Style, 519, Barlow Moor Rd, M21 8AQ

Wyevale Garden Centre, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 8QP

Drinking

The Oast House

A perfect stop off during a long walk exploring the city, this vintage retreat offers rustic-style pub food and a large selection of ales, beers and fruity cocktails. The massive beer garden situated in the middle of the bustling Spinningfields, is great for people and dog watching too.

The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Crown Square, Manchester, M3 3AY

Cottonopolis

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Looking for a late afternoon and early evening beverage with your pooch? Then Cottonopolis is the place for you. The venue offers an exclusive experience boasting unique cocktails, delicious Japanese food and some of the best DJs on the Manchester music scene.

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton Str, Manchester, M1 2AE

The Bay Horse Tavern

Relax in the warm and comfortable surroundings of The Bay Horse Tavern and enjoy laid-back drinks from a large selection of gins, craft beers and other libations. It is also a fantastic place to take your four-legged friends – with big comfy sofas, a crackling fire and plenty of space for them to have a sniff around.

The Bay Horse Tavern, 35 -37 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1NA

The Beagle

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Voted as one of the top 5 pubs in Manchester, The Beagle is a doggy haven. There are plenty of seats and cosy corners for you and your pup to relax in as you enjoy a spot of food. The pawsome staff are also on hand to provide fresh water for your furry companion.

The Beagle, 456 – 458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BQ

Eating Out

Mackie Mayor

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This trendy indoor food market is the perfect spot for laidback dining, providing something for all speciality diets including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. It’s open for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and best of all dogs are everywhere!

Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle St, M4 5BU

Northern Soul Manchester

For a super outdoor dining experience head to Northern Soul Manchester for gourmet grilled cheese sarnies, loaded fries and creamy shakes. The only bad thing about bringing your dog with you is watching their woeful eyes as you devour your mouth-watering feast.

Northern Soul Manchester, Unit 10 – 11 Church St, Manchester, M4 1PN

The Wharf

A country-style pub in the heart of the city, The Wharf has hearty meals and an amazing selection of beers, gins, wine and whiskey. There’s plenty of space to make yourself comfortable and a large beer garden for when the sun is out. One of the best things about this pub is that dogs are everywhere!

The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, M15 4ST

The Refuge

One of the most stunning bars in Manchester, just sitting in The Refuge is like being in a park for your little fella, the spectacular winter garden brings the outside in for an evening of elegant cocktails and snacks.

Their menu uses the best ingredients that the north west has to offer and takes inspiration from around the globe – expect a range of small and large plates perfect for sharing. The staff are really friendly and will make sure that your pooch is watered and well looked after.

The Refuge, Oxford St, M60 7HA

Staying over

Lushpad Apartments

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After a full day exploring and sniffing out all the vibrancy that Manchester has to offer, head to Lushpads Apartments for a good night’s sleep. Situated in the cosmopolitan Northern Quarter, these fab apartments are the paw-fect mix of luxury and practicality – giving you and your pup the freedom and independence to enjoy your own ‘home away from home’. Your woofer is welcome at £10 a night or £25 per stay.

Lushpad Apartments, Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

The Principal Hotel

With its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture, Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark of Manchester’s iconic skyline. A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890. And why keep all of this beauty just for yourself when your dog can stay as well? The rooms are spacious and luxurious, with lovely big beds and your tail-wagger is welcome to go anywhere in the hotel.

The Principal Hotel, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA

Gotham Hotel

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Canines visiting Manchester City Centre just got a major accommodation upgrade. Gotham Hotel is now a pet friendly stopover so your pooch can have as much fun as you on your staycation. A cosy bed and tasty treats will be provided for your furry bestie, so no need to bring these items with you.

You will enjoy a full-on sensory experience in one of Gotham’s 55 bedrooms or 5 Inner Sanctum Suites. Everything you see and touch, from the extravagantly lavish linens to the brass fittings, have been designed to stimulate your senses. The hotel also boasts a roof-top restaurant, bar and terrace as well as the stylish Club Brass lounge that is open to members and Gotham guests only.

Hotel Gotham, 100 King St, Manchester M2 4WU

Walkies

Lyme Park House and Gardens

Take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre to explore the serene settings of Lyme Park House and Gardens. 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 has spectacular views across Manchester. Your furry friends are allowed in the formal gardens on selected weekends throughout the year and water bowls are also available at the nearby Timber Yard Café.

Lyme Park House and Gardens, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR

Heaton Park

The largest municipal park in Europe, Heaton Park is situated a few miles north of the city centre and is a hub of activity all year round, with an action packed events schedule including the UK’s first Pizza Run, Beekeeping and Stargazing.

For our four-legged friends there’s a huge amount of parkland to explore and play fetch. The park covers 600 acres of land with countless walks and fun runs to join, so you’re sure to get a good stretch as well.

Heaton Park, Middleton Rd, Manchester, M25 2SW

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

Just north of Manchester, Hollingworth Lake is a popular attraction for Mancunian dog walkers wanting to experience a tranquil walk in a calm location. There are plenty of routes to pick from depending on how long you’d like to spend there; most common is the short walk around the picturesque lake, which shouldn’t take longer than 50 minutes. Why don’t you make a day of the trip and stop off at the nearby fish and chip shop on the way home?

Hollingworth Lake, Rakewood Rd, Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 0AQ

Barks in the Parks

Looking for some company for you and your tail-wagger while you’re out and about in Manchester? Barks in the Parks is a group where doggos and their owners can meet, socialise, and walk their beloved pooches together. All walks are within an hour’s reach of Manchester and end with refreshments in a dog-friendly establishment where possible.

If your favourite dog-friendly venue hasn’t made this guide, make sure you add your place to our Pets Are Welcome map.