Jill from Middlewick Cottages suggested I write about Glastonbury for dog lovers. To be honest it’s not something I’ve thought about much, not having had a canine companion since I was a kid. To fill in the gaps in my knowledge I thought I’d conduct a thorough journalistic enquiry, in other words, I put up a post on the Normal For Glastonbury Facebook page asking “Dog lovers – how dog-friendly would you say Glastonbury is? Are there any places you go to because you can take your dog?”
I accompanied the post with a photograph I took of the lovely Golden Retriever Bailey, who lives in the hardware shop A.W.G Curtis and Son in Benedict Street. This may have been a mistake as most of the posts waxed lyrical about how lovely Bailey was, some even submitted their own photographs of him, which confirmed that Glastonbury people do love dogs or at least Bailey in particular, but didn’t do much to answer my question.
Tor Webster, Glastonbury Tor Guide, commented “(Glastonbury is) extremely dog-friendly. Nettle My High Beastess of the Glastonbury Doggess Chapel is welcomed and fed biscuits in many cafes and shops.”
One Normal For Glastonbury reader commented: “One of the reasons I felt I could take on a rescue dog was that Glasto is so dog-friendly. Wolfie and I had tons of help to make him feel safe, and he went from being the most anxious dog I have ever seen when I got him and now he charms his way through the High Street and knows exactly where water bowls are and treats to be had”.
Several people mentioned that they find Glastonbury very welcoming in general to dogs, with most of the pubs allowing dogs in, if only to certain areas.
Through that question on Facebook and a bit more research I did learn that the following places welcome dogs. Obviously, this list is nowhere near exhaustive. If you are a Glastonbury business and would like to be added to please get in touch.
Pubs that welcome dogs:
Cafes that welcome dogs:
- Lords of the Wildwood Community Tea Rooms..in the Assembly Rooms
- Wish You Were Here Cafe
- Knight’s Fish Restaurant Est. 1909 are happy for behaved dogs to sit in the restaurant or the outside courtyard if the weather allows.
- The Blue Note Cafe
- The Mocha Berry often has dogs outside.
Shops that welcome dogs:
- Cat and Cauldron Witchcraft Shop in Magdalene Street (don’t worry, they leave the cat at home)
- Steve & Jans Mini Emporium in the Gauntlet love to have doggy visitors
- Shaw Trust Charity Shop welcome dogs and always have a water bowl outside
- The Cancer Research Shop also has a dog
bowl,and biscuits. Wraennasaid “Quinn, another reasonably well known Glasto dog, has asked me to let you know that dogs are very welcome at Lady of The Silver Wheel on weekends and every other Friday. He’d also like me to say that this is because he is here the rest of the time, and will want to play with any dogs who come in. Given the size of the shop, and Quinn, this can be problematic! Quinn does have a few lovely doggie visitors, Nettle comes to say Hi, so does Annie, so, we will allow one doggie at a time to pop in, if Quinn can say hi to them and all can be non-bouncy”.
Attractions that welcome dogs
Glastonbury Abbey’s website informs us that “Dogs are welcomed provided they are kept on short leads at all times. We request this as we have badgers, squirrels and ducks on site. Two ‘dog loos’ can be found within the grounds and plastic bags can be obtained from the ticket office if needed. In summer a water bowl is provided by St. Patricks Chapel”.
Lisa says “The White Spring welcome dogs on leads with a human on the other end of course … you have to specify sometimes …. we welcome horses too and have had one right inside the building drinking from the central pool”
You can, of course, walk your dog up Glastonbury Tor, probably best not to take the advice on this website too seriously.
Accommodation for dogs and their humans
More posh camping for pampered pooches is available at Old Oaks Touring and Glamping Park, where they even have doggie showers.
If you are in Glastonbury and you need help walking your dog talk to the nice people at Glastonbury Dog Walkers.
Do you welcome dogs in your Glastonbury cafe, shop, pub, whatever? Or have you had an experience you want to share about bringing your dog to town? Please comment below or on the Normal for Glastonbury facebook page.
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