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A family walking their dog through the forest.

Dog friendly holidays and breaks in Ireland

Facilities for dogs

  • Dogs should be kept on the lead while exploring the resort, however there are designated dog exercise areas where they can roam free.
  • These areas include dog bins, making for a stress-free toilet visit. 
  • Water bowls are provided around the resort near shops and restaurants so that your dog can rehydrate during their woodland adventures.

Dog play areas can be located on the map in the local walks section below.

Accommodation in the forest.

Dog-friendly accommodation

Our dog friendly accommodation is designed with dogs in mind, including:

  • Vertical door handles to prevent escapes
  • Wooden flooring throughout making it easy to clean up any little accidents
  • A tether ring on your lodge patio so your dog can join you outside
  • Open plan living space
  • A bath, perfect for giving them a wash if they’ve been jumping in muddy puddles!

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Mother and adult son walking dog through the forest

Dogs in restaurants

Due to legislation we only allow service dogs in our restaurants.

All other dogs are welcome in the terraced areas only of the following restaurants on our resort:

  • Bella Italia
  • Cara's Kitchen and Bar
  • Huck's American Bar and Grill
  • Sports Café
  • The Coffee House
  • The Pancake House

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Local walks and places to visit

If your dog still has some energy after all the fun at Center Parcs, here are some suggestions of local walks outside of the resort.

Aerial view of the lodges amongst the trees.

Longford forest walk: (Highlighted on the map in red)- A roughly 5km loop outside the perimeter of Center Parcs. You can join the pathway at the Security Lodge, and if you wish to extend the walk you can also access Newcastle Forest. Dogs must be on a lead.

Newcastle Forest- Newcastle Forest can be accessed from the perimeter walk around Center Parcs, and has 14km of forest roads, trails and walkways through the woods and along the river. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

Royal Canal Greenway- The Royal Canal Greenway is a walking and cycling trail that stretches over 130km, connecting the town of Maynooth in Co. Kildare with the town of Longford. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

How to access the Greenway

• Newcastle Forest - 2.6km walk from the main forest car park

• Abbeyshrule Harbour – 10 minute drive from Center Parcs

• Ballybrannigan Harbour – 15 minute drive from Center Parcs


Download Longford Forest map

Take a closer look at dogs at Center Parcs

Get ready for your break

Once you’ve booked your break you can start to pre-book activities, make restaurant reservations and order essentials to your lodge online 12 weeks before your arrival date.