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Are you dog-tired of the dog-eat-dog approach to modern life? It’s time to chill out and escape to Quay Quarters where you and your four legged friend can enjoy a relaxing break in Sussex by the sea!

Whether you want to take sunset strolls at West  Wittering beach, try watersports in Chichester Harbour, explore the eateries in the city centre or explore the South Downs National Park – there are plenty of dog-friendly places to see and activities to do.

Dog-friendly places in Chichester

As dog owners ourselves, the Quay Quarters crew has tried and tested many local charms and can recommend some that welcome tail-waggers. Whether you’re looking for enrichment for a doggo that’s used to the big city or simply somewhere to enjoy Sunday lunch with the entire family, here’s the lowdown on dog-friendly attractions and restaurants in the Chichester area.


West Dean Gardens – Dogs on leads are welcome at West Dean, one of West Sussex greatest restored gardens that offers a splash of colour whatever the season. You and your hound can walk the grounds; checking out the Victorian glasshouses, walled kitchen garden and arboretum as you go.

Weald and Downland Museum – Ann open air collection of rescued dwellings that tells a story of rural life in South East England over a 1000-year period, the Weald and Downland Museum is a lovely place to explore on two legs or four. A number of events throughout the year, such as the Working Animals Show, will provide excellent enrichment for dogs kept on short leads.

Amberley Museum – Set in a 36-acre site in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Amberley Museum offers a glimpse of industrial heritage as well as rides on a narrow-gauge railway and vintage bus. The best news is dogs are allowed everywhere apart from the cafes!

Petworth Park – Drawing inspiration from the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection cared for by the National Trust. Dogs (under close control) are welcome in the stunning 700-acre parkland landscaped by Capability Brown that is home to 900 deer, veteran trees and is awash with russet and gold come autumn.

West Wittering Beach and East Head – Revel in the golden sands and clean waters offered by West Wittering beach (where dogs are allowed 1 October – 30th April) and nearby nature reserve East Head. Dogs will love taking a refreshing swim and exploring the sand dunes.

Chichester Harbour – Take your pooch for a pootle around many of the coastal villages and trails where he can sniff the sea air and keep an eye on the resident birds. If you’re a watersports fan, why not take Fido on the waves with you? We’ve seen plenty of wagging tails on paddleboards and in kayaks!

Pubs and restaurants

Dog friendly treats

Want to give your bow-wow a boost while visiting the local area? WolfTucker Limited, based in Siddlesham, makes BARF raw dog food from 100% natural ingredients sourced from DEFRA approved farms.

Also, Bognor Regis’ Pinks Vintage Ice Creams, whose charming vans and tricycles service events and attractions in and around Chichester, serve Billy & Margot dairy-free and vegetarian dog ice treats in three lip-smacking flavours.