15 dog friendly beaches in North Wales

There are so many dog friendly beaches in North Wales with miles and miles of wide sandy shores for your pooch to explore. With so much in this magical place for your dog to visit, where should you start?


Whether you want to visit beaches where you can take in the views of Snowdonia, like Criccieth Beach, or the popular likes of Barmouth Beach, you won’t run out of options for both you and your pooch to explore! If you want some help planning your next North Wales holiday, there’s plenty to find here that will leave you happy and your furry friend with their tail wagging! A UK dog friendly holiday park mixed with beautiful beaches is the perfect match, so let’s get started…

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Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach is backed by impressive dunes on the northwest coast of Wales. It sits beneath the iconic Harlech Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 13th century – even your pooch can enjoy history, as dogs on leads are welcome to access ground floor levels of the site. This four-mile stretch of golden sands offers ample space for dog walks and beach games.

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A landscape view of a sandy stoney beach and the sea. The waves are rolling into shore. The sky above is soft blue with multiple clouds.

Barmouth Beach

Barmouth Beach, another popular dog friendly beach in North Wales curves along the northwest coast where the River Mawddach meets Cardigan Bay. This sandy beach is overlooked by the seaside town and harbour of the same name and is southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort. Only a 10-minute drive from the nearby Barmouth Bay Holiday Park, why not take a day trip here?

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Talacre Beach

This long stretch of flat, sandy beach on the Dee Estuary near the town of Prestatyn has a classic seaside resort feel with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Talacre Beach is also a popular spot for a sunset dog walk, come and catch one of the most beautiful times of the day with your furry friend!

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Rhyl Beach

Rhyl Beach hugs the North Wales coastline and this long, sandy beach is bounded by a sea wall and promenade area with plentiful facilities. You’ll find cafes, shops, and amusements nearby, plus a handy holiday park just a 10-minute drive away. It’s especially huge and empty in the quieter seasons outside of summer, so your pup will have plenty of space to jump and play.

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Conwy Morfa Beach

Sitting on the east side of the mouth of the Conwy River, Conwy Morfa Beach is a sandy, rural beach with a naturist area at the far western end. The rest of the beach is lined by grassy dunes and can be enjoyed by families and walkers. You could even take a splash with your pooch to fully enjoy everything that one of the best dog friendly beaches in North Wales has to offer!

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Colwyn Bay Beach

Colwyn Bay Beach is a long and sandy beach that has a lively promenade backed by the traditional seaside resort town. The wide beach and shallow waters make it very popular for families being safe for both kids and dogs to make a splash. The eastern end of the beach stretches towards Llandudno, with views of the Little Orme headland - The stunning views are well worth the visit!

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Red Wharf Bay

Also known as Traeth Coch, this large and remote sandy bay on the eastern coast of the Isle of Anglesey has a rural setting that gives the beach a wonderfully unspoiled feel. It's prized by walkers, artists, bird watchers, photographers, and those seeking quiet beach days. Perfect for dog friendly days out where your pooch can explore to their heart’s content!

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Dinas Dinlle Beach

Dinas Dinlle Beach is a sandy, Blue Flag beach near the Llyn Peninsula. The main beach area has a seaside cafe and two slipways for boats and jet skis. The area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the number of rare birds that live there and its valuable natural habitats, so why not see if you can spot them when you visit with your furry friend? 

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Rhosneigr Beach

This popular beach on the southwest coast of the Isle of Anglesey consists of two long, sandy beaches separated by the rocky Trwyn Cynddeiriog headland. Made up of two beaches – Traeth Crigyll and Traeth Lyndan, Rhosneigr is a renowned spot for water sports like windsurfing, and sailing due to its strong winds. Let your dog explore at one of North Wales dog friendly beaches!

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Beaumaris Beach

Beaumaris Beach curves along the eastern shore of the Menai Strait on the Isle of Anglesey. At low tide, the beach extends over a large area, revealing rock formations and pools ideal for exploring marine life. The Welsh Coast Path passes the beach and provides views of mainland Wales and the Menai Strait, so not only can your dog enjoy beach walks but land discoveries too!

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Morfa Bychan Beach

Also known as Black Rock Sands, it's renowned for its vast expanse of pale sands that stretch for over two miles at low tide and is backed by a dune system that has been designated an SSSI. Its remote setting makes it a haven for birdlife. Behind the beach, hiking trails lead through the dunes and coastal heathland, making it one of the best dog friendly beaches in North Wales.

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A view of the beach with direct access from Barmouth Bay Holiday Park.

Towyn Beach

Towyn Beach sits just east of the seaside town of Abergele. The beach gently slopes into shallow waters, making it very family-friendly, plus your pup can have a dip! It has a mixture of shingle and sand and offers a range of seaside attractions such as funfairs and amusement arcades. If you get a nice clear day, you can enjoy the stunning view across Colwyn Bay with your pooch.

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Kinmel Bay

This sandy bay, also known as Sandy Cove, is a north-facing sandy beach with a narrow promenade. The dunes and beach area are part of the Barkhouse Beach Nature Reserve protecting the important dune habitat and birdlife that thrives here. If you’re staying at a nearby holiday park, you can get direct access to the beach – you can wake up and be beside the sea with your pup!

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Crieccieth Beach

Criccieth’s two beautiful beaches are separated by its prominent medieval castle, perched on a small headland. It’s a great location for walkers at low tide, as you can take in the most amazing views of Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia – making for a dog friendly beach in North Wales.

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Tal-y-bont Beach (Benar)

North of Barmouth, this beach forms a part of the large sand system of Morfa Dyffrynm, which is an area of Special Scientific Interest. Fishing is a popular activity at Tal-y-bont Beach, so you can fish while your dog sits right beside you and explores! Plus, it’s easily accessible from the Barmouth Bay holiday park, only 10 minutes away!

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Are these dog friendly beaches in North Wales perfect for your pooch?

With these 15 dog friendly beaches in North Wales, are you now set for your next holiday? To help you even further, here is a dog friendly beaches in North Wales map where you can add everything to your itinerary and see how close they are to your holiday park – most of which are nearby, so you and your pooch can be playing fetch on the sand in no time!

Book your next holiday today, so you can experience all that North Wales has to offer for you and your furry friend…

Remember to always check the dog restrictions yourself before visiting as some may vary.

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