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Hi Doggie Chums,

Although we're happy to run around on the beach or in the forest all day, everyday our families sometimes want to go somewhere else.  This page is where I'm starting to list local places that we can take them.  Email me at if you have any favourite places that I've missed out.

A special "well done" and "thank you" to all of the doggies and their owners who've visited CADW sites since April 2009.  Due to your good behaviour CADW are slowly extending the number of their properties that we are allowed to visit with your families. 

Castell y Bere CADW have just announced the first of its sites to allow doggie visitors and this is one of them.  More information here
Criccieth Castle And here's another CADW castle that we can visit.  More information here
Cymer Abbey Another CADW site More information here
Dolbadarn Castle And here's another CADW castle that we can visit.  More information here
Greenwood Forest Park Doggies are welcome in the Park but have to stay ON their leads and OFF the rollercoaster :o<  Also you mustn't chase the big bunnies who live there... they don't run as fast as normal bunnies and they don't fit down any of the holes.  The nice staff there do leave cold drinks in special doggies bowls all around the park. 
Llechwedd Slate Caverns I have it on good authority from a little dragon who works at Llechwedd that doggies are allowed to walk around the site but can't go in the shops.  But there are lots of picnic tables outside where they can sit to help eat a picnic.  Doggies aren't allowed on the trains to go down the mines either.  My little dragon friend says to mind your paws as there are lots of bits of slate on the ground which will hurt if they get stuck in your pads... Ouchies!!
National Slate Museum, Llanberis There aren't many museums which allow us dogs in but this one does.  You have to stay on a lead whilst you're looking around... there's lots of big machines so it is best.  There's free drinks for dogs at the museum entrance and by the cafe but remember that you have to go out of the museum if you need to go to the loo - but the staff will tell you where to go if you get desperate!
Steam Railways Ever fancied yourself as a Station Dog or have you watched the Baker's advert and wished that you could drive a train or just wave the flag?  Well here's your chance.  You can travel free on Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, Bala Lake Railway and Fairbourne Railway You have to pay on Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, the Llanberis Lake Railway and the Talyllyn Railway The other local railways don't allow dogs.  Remember that trains are big, scary, noisy things and only suitable for the bravest (or deafest) of dogs.
Sygun Copper Mine I haven't been in here myself but I'm always curious about holes and tunnels.  You never know whether there's a lost ball hiding in there.  Doggies are asked to wear their leads for this one so remember to take it with you.
Places to eat When I'm hungry I'm quite happy for my bowl to be put down anywhere but our families often like to go "out" to eat - which usually actually means "in" somewhere.  Some dogs out there have given us all a bad reputation and so pubs and restaurants often won't let us in with our families.  Here are some forward thinking establishments who will let us in... but please remember to be on your best behaviour - only eat the sausages that are passed under the table to you... no jumping up!

The Rhiw Goch - the local pub to the cabins.  Unfortunately guests can no longer take their dogs into the pub if they want to eat.  Dogs are only allowed in the public bar where food is not served.

George III at Penmaenpool - dogs welcome, but please check on arrival where it's best to sit.

The Golden Fleece in Tremadog - doggies are welcome in the conservatory, which is a really posh place to be

The Grapes at Maentwrog - dogs welcome in the bar

Cemlyn Tea Rooms in Harlech - well behaved doggies can sit on the sun terrace at the back and look at the castle and the sea.  I believe that it is possible to order a bowl of their best water too.

Tu Hwnt I'r Bont in Llanwrst -well behaved doggies can sit in the tea garden.  Great riverside walkies place and the tea rooms is right by the river!!

The Alpine Coffee Shop in Betws y Coed - well behaved doggies can go inside the cafe here... and get this... they have a doggy loyalty scheme where doggies can earn a sausage!  How cool is that?

Cadwaladers Ice Cream Shops + Tea Rooms are mostly pet friendly now.  There are local branches in Betws y Coed, Porthmadog and Criccieth.  There's one in Portmeirion too I believe but doggies aren't allowed in Portmeirion.

Garden Coffee Company in Betws y Coed - well behaved doggies are welcomed.  Opening March 2015

Shops That Welcome Us (places where you don't have to stand outside on your lead)


Oriel Gallery - Valerie and Kevin say that doggies bring in some of their best customers, so be sure to take your family in.  They did say, however, that they weren't too impressed when some sheep wandered in for a look around last year... they hadn't brought their farmer or his wallet with them!


Alison Bradley Gallery, Betws-y-Coed - Alison has told me personally that she welcomes opinions of the art in her gallery, from well behaved doggies.  In return (if she's not too busy) they can expect a tickle and a fuss.

Cotswold Outdoor Shop, Betws-y-Coed - Tom has told me that well behaved doggies are welcome to look at the waterproofs and sniff the boots.

Places that we con't go Although it takes some finding on their website (look on the FAQ page) dogs are not allowed into Portmeirion and have to stay in the car... no fun at all as it looks like a really lovely place!  

As you can see above CADW don't allow us pets to visit all of their properties yet.  Check before travelling if you're unsure.

Doggies can't go on the Snowdon Mountain Railway but if your family wants to go you could have a day at Gwyndy Kennels which is about 15 minutes from Llanberis.  A nice lady at Snowdon Mountain Railway says that they allow doggies to stay for just the day.  You'll need all of your certificates though.


Remember that if you're looking for Pet Friendly Accommodation in Snowdonia you need to look at my OTHER page

See you soon

Big Licks To You All

Whiskey x x x

PS.  If you'd like to ask me anything (such as good bone burying places) about staying at Cadair View Lodge email me on


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