Is Margate beach dog friendly?

MARGATE has it all from golden sandy beaches to the famous Dreamland Amusement Park.

Let’s face it, there’s a reason why Del Boy and Rodney Trotter picked this hotspot for the Jolly Boys outing on Only Fools and Horses.

Is Margate beach dog friendly?

There are plenty of pet-friendly beaches in Kent from Ramsgate to Herne Bay – but can you bring your dog to Margate with you?

This sandy beach on England’s southeast coast is dog-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during peak seasons.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1 May until 30 September from 10am until 6pm.

This is clearly signposted when you enter the beach.

French Bulldog Pablo pictured enjoying an afternoon on Margate beach

Margate is a sandy beach with lots of facilities – which makes it the perfect spot for a family day.

The seafront is lined with amusement arcades, cafes and ice cream shops.

You can park right near the entrance to the beach for £9 per day.

Margate train station is also just a five minute walk from the seafront.

There are plenty of places to walk your dog in and around Margate.

You can walk along to the much more secluded and quiet Palm Bay – which will take around 45minutes.

Or if you fancy a longer trek, you can follow the coast along to Herne Bay.

If you fancy staying in the area for the night, check out The Beetroot which is based in the centre of the town.

One of the biggest attractions at Margate is Dreamland – which is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed inside to enjoy the fun.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Margate has sandy beach – but dogs are banned during certain months of the year

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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