Best campsite ever? New ‘Golden Retriever Experience’ in Somerset lets you spend the night with 30 cute dogs


A TOURIST attraction in Somerset is one for dog-lovers – where you get to spend the night with 30 of the pooches.

The Golden Retriever Experience lets you camp overnight while playing with the animals.

A Gold Retriever Experience lets you play, feed and camp with the dogs

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A Gold Retriever Experience lets you play, feed and camp with the dogsCredit: Golden Retriever Experience

Launched in 2017, the tourist attraction recently gained notice after being shared on TikTok, with millions going mad over the unique experience.

The Minehead centre lets guests play with the Golden Retrievers, as well as learn about dog handling and even go on walks and feed them.

Packages include Valentine’s day, birthday and anniversary bookings, and you can book out the whole grounds.

The attraction also offers special services with the dogs including working with people with PTSD, learning difficulties including autism and Aspergers, pet bereavement or stress relief.

Nervous guests can be slowly introduced to some of the older dogs first, while other guests can meet them all in one go.

The experience first launched in 2017

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The experience first launched in 2017Credit: Golden Retriever Experience
A viral TikTok video has meant the attraction is now seeing huge demand

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A viral TikTok video has meant the attraction is now seeing huge demandCredit: Golden Retriever Experience
You can book for a few hours or to stay overnight

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You can book for a few hours or to stay overnightCredit: Golden Retriever Experience
The dogs are also trained to deal with people with PTSD or learning difficulties

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The dogs are also trained to deal with people with PTSD or learning difficultiesCredit: Golden Retriever Experience
Camping overnight also includes BBQ dinner and breakfast

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Camping overnight also includes BBQ dinner and breakfastCredit: Golden Retriever Experience

They also recommend bringing spare clothes, with it expected to get hairy after meeting them.

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Prices start from £60 for a two-hour session, although you pay £180 to stay the night.

This includes a campfire BBQ dinner and breakfast, with a minimum of four people.

The site is open seven days a week from April to October although you may struggle to find availability – they recently wrote on their Facebook page: “We’ve gone viral! Please be patient with us as we work through the enquiries as quickly as we can!”

If you can’t quite face camping, they also have special rates with the nearby The Luttrell Arms Hotel which is two minutes away, or there are lots of other holiday cottages and shepherd huts.

The Minehead Butlins is also a short drive away.

We’ve rounded up the best dog-friendly holidays you can take in the UK.

Here are also the best dog-friendly beaches and the best dog-friendly walks in England.

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If you don’t fancy dogs, you can stay overnight at an alpaca farm in East Sussex.

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