Dog Friendly Hotels, Cafes, and Restaurants in the Peak District

Just because you want to take your dog on holiday with you, doesn’t mean you have to slum it in a tent on the side of the road! There are plenty of 3* and 4* hotels in the Peak District that are perfectly happy to accept your four-legged friend as a guest.

Also, regardless of where you are, Starbucks has an official policy that service dogs are always welcome inside their stores, and owners are not required to show paperwork proving the dog’s status.

Here is a selection of some of the dog-friendly hotels in the Peak District:

dog friendly restaurants and hotels in peak district ukBiggin: Biggin Hall Hotel

Biggin Hall has a country house feel about it. Situated in the idyllic village of Biggin, it has been sympathetically restored to it’s 17th Century glory. Dog-friendly accommodation is offered to clients wishing to bring their dogs and is available on the ground floor for easy access.

The hotel has beautiful grounds, and there are plenty of local walks nearby including the Tissington Trail, just a short walk away. Afternoon tea is recommended following a lovely walk with your dog – or you might want to do it the other way round to walk off all those calories!!

Hartington: Charles Cotton Hotel

A historic 17 bedroom hotel situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Hartington. They are happy to accept pets and keep certain rooms allocated for visiting dogs. There are also dog-friendly pubs in the village if you want some variety, and the local youth hostel has a dog-friendly coffee shop. The area is surrounded by beautiful walks and is ideally placed for a walking holiday with your dog.

Buxton: Old Hall Hotel

Known as the oldest hotel in England! It was one-time host to Mary Queen of Scots. Dogs and pets are welcome. It is sited just across the road from Buxton Opera House and opposite a beautiful park where you can walk your dog – although it will need to be on a lead.

You are however only minutes away in the car from the Goyt Valley which is a fantastic walking location and a dog’s paradise. You will, however, need to observe the countryside code and keep the dog on a lead in areas where there may be nesting birds. See the Dog-Friendly Peak District website for more details.

Lee Wood Hotel

Another country house style hotel with it’s own gardens. This dog-friendly hotel is situated just a few minutes walk from the Peak District town of Buxton, and close to Buxton Opera House and the Pavillion Gardens. Once again, you are a short car drive from the Goyt Valley and the myriad of walks in that area. Dogs are allowed in the bedrooms but not public areas where there is likely to be food and drink. There is also a £8.50 one off charge.

Should you want to get out on the town alone, consider getting a local sitter from

Alison Park Hotel

This hotel is a short walk away from the Pavillion Gardens, where you can take your dog for a walk through the beautiful parkland. You are also a few minutes walk from Grinlow Woods near Pooles Cavern, which is a wonderful place for dogs to run around off the lead. There is also a dog-friendly cafe at Poole’s Cavern, where you can get a bacon butty and coffee after your morning walk!

The Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel is an iconic landmark in Buxton. It is situated in an elevated position overlooking Buxton. This Victorian Hotel is situated in 5 acres of grounds and while it is close to the town center it is also only a short drive away from the spectacular Goyt Valley, where there are plenty of great dog walks.

Grindleford: The Maynard

The Maynard is a newly refurbished dog-friendly hotel in the Peak District and boasts spectacular views. The bedrooms have been decorated by a local interior designer and furnished in a modern contemporary style. The rooms are finished to a very high standard and include super king sized beds and plasma screens with satellite TV. The rooms also have Wi-fi internet connections to add that additional high-tech touch.

The Maynard in Grindleford launched a range of dog-friendly walks, with each walk starting and finishing at The Maynard, so on completion man and his best friend can both enjoy a well-deserved drink. The hotel is dog-friendly, so your pooch can stay overnight in boutique hotel luxury as well. Information for this section of the article has been sourced from More details on dog-friendly walks can be found there.

Matlock Bath: Hodgkinson’s Hotel

A fully restored Grade 2 listed Victorian property, with eight individually designed rooms with en-suite facilities. Award winning restaurant and included in the Good Hotel Guide 2010. They are a dog-friendly hotel and welcome families and pets. Hodgkinson is a rare surviving example of an excellent historical grade II listed hotel.

Dating from 1770, it has retained a wealth of its’ original features and has views from the bedrooms of the river Derwent, the steep, wooded valley sides and sheer, dramatic limestone crags opposite, make Hodgkinson’s an ideal place for a short holiday break to discover the delights of Derbyshire and the Peak District.