Dog Friendly Chester

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Dog Friendly Chester

Dappled with green spaces, and more canine-friendly establishments than you can shake a stick at, Chester is the ideal location for a doggy day out. Your furry friends can enjoy a walk whilst you also enjoy some shopping and enjoy tasty treats along the way! 

Where is Dog Friendly?

Below you can find a list of Dog friendly establishments in the Centre of Chesters walls and walks that are just a sticks throw away!

Take pictures of your furry friends whilst in our beautiful city using the hashtag #DogFriendlyChester be sure to tag us to using @Chester_BID

dog friendly picture house chester

Dog-Friendly Screenings!

Picturehouse, Exchange Square are as big a fan of dogs as they are cinema! 

Check out their Dog-Friendly Screenings here. With snacks, water, a blanket (just in case of any mucky paws) as well as dipped audio – your pooch will love nothing more than to enjoy a film with their best friend.



Come on a journey around Chester City Centre with Digby, and Will (the human)… enjoying the best of Chester’s dog friendly re-TAIL businesses and the best places to enjoy some tasty treats. 

Having enough dog friendly businesses in Chester City Centre to shake a stick at means Digby’s tail was wagging until the very end!


The Old Duke’s


The Botanist (Godstall Lane just off St. Werburgh St.)

Duttons (Godstall Lane just off St. Werburgh St.)


Ecco Shoes

White Stuff


Up North Records

Updated April 2024

The Chester Boat Tour is Dog Friendly, don’t worry you won’t need to get your paws wet! As long as your furry friend is on a lead, they will be welcomed with a woof on the daytime sightseeing cruise!

This is paw-fest fun for the whole family where you can enjoy the views down the river… 

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Chester boat tour
dog friendly chester

The New Chester Market is a furry friendly place! With passionate traders, unique food and communal spaces to eat and drink in the heart of the city.

Follow @newchestermarket for all the current traders

Digby and Champ can be found inside the market for all premium paw products or even just a treat for your best friend! 

Walk this way…

From a 3km walk around Chester historic Roman Walls, a blooming good time at the stunning Grosvenor park or if you done these, head to the historical Chester Cathedral Gardens or even take a little car journey outside the city to Delamere ForestChester as an extremely Dog Friendly city with both residents and visitors bringing in their dogs daily to experience the city together.

Well-trodden dog walking spots in the city also include The Roman Gardens, the Amphitheatre, and The Groves also known as Chester’s riverside promenade (River Dee). Just over the Old Dee Bridge lies neighbouring Handbridge. Home to The Meadows, this lush beauty spot is a vast space to explore on 4 legs or 2 and feels a world away from the bustling city that’s visible beyond the water. Handbridge is also where you’ll find Edgar’s Field, which plays host to Minerva’s Shrine. This stone carving has guarded Chester for over 1,800 years and is the only monument of its kind in Western Europe that remains in its original location, so best not to let your dog relieve themselves in its presence, or you might unleash the wrath of the Roman Goddess of War. 

For a more spacious adventure, Chester Racecourse or RooDee to use its Saxon name, is open to the public and their four-legged friends, for a stomp around the 1.1-mile track, or to take advantage of the 56 acres of open grass within. Although dogs aren’t permitted at race meets, they are more than welcome at The White Horse, the pub on the course, and also at the regular Polo matches over the summer months, because dogs deserve their ‘Pretty Woman’ moment too.

A Dog’s Dinner?

To take advantage of Chester’s café society culture, the best stroll for stopping places would have to be the grade 1 listed City Walls. This 1.8-mile loop encircles the site of the Mediaeval City. They are considered to be the best-preserved city walls in Great Britain, with unparalleled views of Chester’s attractions such as the Cathedral, the Eastgate Clock and the Amphitheatre. Many locals and visitors alike take a walk-through time with their canine companion in tow, on this historical lap of Chester. There are a plethora of pit stops en route. If you follow the steps down the City Walls Bridge, you will find yourself on Northgate Street, a road currently staking its claim as the epicentre of Chester’s independent food scene. Not 1 but 3 restaurants in the vicinity have been awarded coveted spots in the Michelin Guide.

ReTAIL Therapy

Whilst spending the day or more exploring the city treating your furry friend to a lovely stroll, treat yourself to some retail therapy and enjoy our plethora of shops! Dogs are aloud up on the rows too for a mooch…

Whilst we encourage our city to be Dog Friendly, we’d also appreciate our furry friends to respect the cleanliness of the city. Please remember to bring some bags and use the many bins provided. Thank you!

Enjoy #DogFriendlyChester

Dog Friendly Chester


To Celebrate how Dog Friendly Chester City Centre is, we invited all pooches to get their pawtrait taken for FREE. Thank you to everyone who came along to our Free Dog Pawtraits pop up in Dr Martens, Atina Kitchen, FatFace and The Arthouse! Please find your furry friend digitally illustrated below… 

Nikki has created different backgrounds for each location, this may help you find your best friend. 

Dr Martens – Nikki’s Dr Marten Boot

Atina Kitchen – Juicy Steak

FatFace – Nikki’s Jumper

The Arthouse – Colouring in Sheet with Mr Moostashio