At University Arms, we are delighted to now welcome dogs to stay with you while relaxing at our luxury hotel. Our luxurious accommodations ensure both you and your furry friends enjoy a comfortable and memorable visit. To help you make the most of your stay, we've compiled this simple guide to a dog-friendly trip to Cambridge. Discover the best walking routes, dog-friendly pubs, and activities that you and your dog can enjoy together in this charming and historic city.

Cambridge Dog Walks

Exploring Cambridge on foot is a joy, especially with your canine companion by your side. Here are some scenic walking routes and parks that both you and your dog will love:

Along the River Cam

Start your walk at Jesus Green, where you can let your dog roam freely in the open spaces. As you stroll along the river, you'll pass picturesque boathouses and rowing crews gliding through the water. Continue onto Midsummer Common, a vast area where dogs can run and play. Loopback via Parker's Piece, a historic park often buzzing with local events and activities. This walk typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on your pace and the number of stops.

From University Arms to The Fen Causeway

This leisurely walk takes you through some of Cambridge's greenest areas. Head towards The Fen Causeway, a serene pathway lined with trees and lush vegetation. This route offers a peaceful escape from the city's hustle and bustle and is perfect for a relaxed 1-hour walk.

Local Parks and Walks

  • Wimpole Estate (National Trust) - A short drive from Cambridge, Wimpole Hall offers extensive grounds where dogs are welcome. Explore the gardens, woodlands, and parklands. Dogs must be on a lead in certain areas, but there are plenty of spaces where they can enjoy more freedom.
  • Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill (National Trust) - Another beautiful estate nearby, Anglesey Abbey features 114 acres of gardens and a working watermill. While dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens, the surrounding parkland is perfect for a scenic walk.
  • Wicken Fen (National Trust) - Wicken Fen is one of the oldest nature reserves in the UK. Dogs on leads are welcome on the many trails that weave through the wetlands, offering a chance to spot wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the fenlands.
  • Gog Magog Hills - For a more adventurous hike, head to the Gog Magog Hills. These rolling hills provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside and offer ample space for dogs to explore off-lead.
  • Grantchester Meadows - A walk to Grantchester Meadows is a must. Follow the river from Cambridge to this charming village, where you can enjoy the peaceful meadows. The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester is a perfect spot to rest and have a cream tea, with outdoor seating where dogs are welcome.

Dog-Friendly Pubs

Cambridge boasts several dog-friendly pubs where you can relax and enjoy a meal or a pint with your furry friend:

  • The Clarendon Arms - Located near Jesus Green, this cosy pub offers a welcoming atmosphere for dogs and their owners. It's an ideal stop after a riverside walk.
  • The Mill - Situated by the river, The Mill is perfect for a post-walk refreshment. It has a relaxed vibe and a great selection of local ales.
  • Granta - Also near the river, The Granta provides beautiful views and a spacious outdoor seating area where dogs can join you.
  • The Cambridge Blue - Close to the University Botanic Garden, this pub is known for its extensive beer selection and dog-friendly policies.
  • The Punter - Located near the Mathematical Bridge, The Punter offers a charming setting with a garden area that's perfect for dogs.
  • The Cambridge Brew House - A short walk from the city centre, this pub welcomes dogs and offers a unique selection of house-brewed beers.

Dog-Friendly Activities in Cambridge

Dog Days Out Punting

Experience Cambridge from the water with Rutherford’s dog days out punting experiences. Your dog will enjoy sniffing the water and watching the world float by. Private tours are recommended for more space and comfort, however shared tours are available if other guests are comfortable with your canine friend. You can find the team at Jesus Green Moorings or book online.

What You’ll See

The punting route along the River Cam takes you past some of Cambridge’s most famous landmarks:

  • The Backs: The scenic gardens and college grounds along the river, offering stunning views of King’s College Chapel, Clare College, and Trinity College.
  • Mathematical Bridge: An engineering marvel at Queen’s College, known for its unique design.
  • Bridge of Sighs: The covered bridge at St John’s College, reminiscent of its Venetian namesake.
  • Wren Library: The beautiful library at Trinity College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.


Treat your dog to a Puppuccino at coffee shops around Cambridge. This cup of whipped cream is usually free and is sure to make your dog’s day. The friendly baristas might even give your pet some extra attention!

Well known chains Starbucks and Costa both provide these tasty treats, and other coffee shops that welcome dogs may have their own version if you ask.

A Spot of Shopping

Many retailers in Cambridge are dog-friendly, including the renowned John Lewis. Stroll through boutiques and high street shops without leaving your dog behind. Most stores will have signs indicating if dogs are welcome, so keep an eye out.

The University Arms - Where Dogs are Family

Cambridge is the perfect destination for a getaway with your dog. With its scenic walks, dog-friendly pubs, and activities designed for pet owners, both you and your furry friend will have a delightful time. Book your stay at University Arms and explore all that this historic city has to offer. Whether you’re here for a weekend trip, a couple’s getaway, or a summer city break. Cambridge and the University Arms warmly welcome you and your dog.

Check out our current offers for more information on our special packages and to book your stay. We look forward to welcoming you and your canine companion soon!