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Dog-friendly Cambridge

Bringing your pooch along when you visit Cambridge? Check out these dog-friendly spots and activities

Go punting with your pup

If your dog loves the water (and is reasonably well behaved around it!), a punting trip is sure to provide a memorable experience – and some adorable photo opportunities. Most of the main punting firms are happy for you to bring your pup along for the ride at no extra charge, but check the websites in advance. Be aware that if you’re on a public tour, other customers will have to OK your furry companion tagging along – which more often than not won’t be a problem – or you can book a private tour to guarantee no issues.

Bring your dog to the shops

Shopping with a canine pal in tow can be a bit troublesome, but there are a number of shops in Cambridge which have dog friendly policies. The city’s biggest department store, John Lewis, allows well behaved pooches on leads, as does the Apple store and Oliver Bonas, while Waterstones and Heffers are also happy to let Rover have a rove while you peruse the latest hardbacks. Independent shops including Podarok, and Thirsty also give the thumbs up to dogs on leads.

Take a trip to Metro Bank

It’s not often that a bank positively encourages you to bring along your dog, but Metro Bank welcomes pups with open arms. As well as providing water bowls and treats, the staff will even gift your four-legged pal a branded bandana!

Dog-friendly pubs in Cambridge

Dog lovers will be happy to hear that many Cambridge pubs operate a pooch-friendly policy. Have a pitter patter around Midsummer Common then sit down and soak up the views at the Fort St George – dogs are allowed in the pub and beer garden (though not in the restaurant part of the building). Other centrally located pro-pup pubs include The Clarendon Arms, The Pickerel and The Granta. The Free Press, an historic watering hole on Prospect Row, is dog friendly too, as is the whole City Pub Company group (including local venues such as Cambridge Brew House, The Mill, The Waterman and The Petersfield).

Cambridge dining with your dog

Other dog friendly dining destinations include Quayside’s Café Foy, vegan eatery Stem and Glory, Cambridge Cookery, Hot Numbers and Stir café in Chesterton, though the latter prefers dogs not to be inside during particularly busy periods.

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Did you know?

One of the most famous figures in English history, Oliver Cromwell, was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey, but his decapitated head is buried in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. Grisly but true!