Is this the most dog friendly area in Hertfordshire?! – A day in St. Albans

We headed to St.Albans with Willow and the dogs as we have heard so many good things about it being super dog friendly so wanted to check it out. We only had a morning there so it was a brief visit but there are so many places to go we will definitely be back to explore further.

First things first – Walkies for the dogs

We headed to Verulamium Park which has 100 acres of beautiful space and only a short distance from the town so you can walk from the multi-story carpark and then head into town for a bite to eat either before or after your walk.


When you have a dog, and you look up ‘dog friendly places to eat’, it usually brings up a small selection of places but not here! We were so happy to find out that the UK restaurant chain Bills is dog friendly – hooray. It is up to the managers discretion but as a brand they are very welcoming of pooches – Bill himself has a dog! It is of course great for the kids too, so ticks the boxes for the whole family. The one in St Albans has a lovely dog friendly area at the front, which to be honest, is where all the dogs are so the best place to be in our opinion. They have a really good kids menu and the food for adults is delicious with a nice variety, so all in all a good one to visit if you are in the area.

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Mooch around the shops

Lots of the shops in The Maltings are dog friendly, we popped into Lush, Benefit and Paperchase. Again, it’s always at the managers discretion so do ask before you go in, but we found that most shops were very welcoming.


We parked in The Maltings multi storey car park as was nice and central and easy to walk to all the places we wanted to go.

What else is there to do? 

We got in touch with Fran Woods, dog mama to @oh_for_fox_sake_rufus as she lives in St. Albans and she kindly sent us a list of all the other dog friendly places you can go and eat. We can’t wait to try some of them out when we visit again.

  • Nkora Coffee shop – a great little place to meet and enjoy GOOD coffee but can get very busy as its small
  • The Potting Shed – this is a little further out of town but if you want a good breakfast with a view then this is your place.
  • Fade to Black – another great coffee spot and it’s next to a pet shop if you need to pick up treats. Again, it’s out of town in a place called Marshalwick/The Quadrant. There is free parking.
  • Cafe on the Corner – this is run by the Camphill Trust so you will be served by people with learning difficulties. Its totally dog and child friendly. Great food all locally grown on their own allotment and meat from the butcher a few doors down.
  • The Waffle House – a great place for dogs and kids but you may have to queue.
  • The Prae Wood Arms – a dream in summer for kids and dogs with a huge garden and a tractor to play on.

Let us know if you head to any of these places or if there is anywhere else you’d recommend in the area do get in touch!

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