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Dog friendly attractions in Northumberland

Dog friendly days out
Don't leave the dog at home, bring it on holiday and enjoy the wealth of dog friendly things to do in Northumberland. We have rounded up some of Northumberland's best dog friendly attractions so you can have a fantastic trip with your four-legged friend.
Do you love a dog friendly break, or can’t bring yourself to leave your four legged friend at home? Then look no further, as we have rounded up some of the best dog friendly attractions in Northumberland so you can have a fantastic day out with your dog. Dog friendly Northumberland has so many options for you and your furry companion to choose from, from the best coastal dog walking routes, dog friendly pubs, castles and more.

Ford and Etal Estates


Ford and Etal is an excellent option for taking your dog on a day out in Northumberland. Nestled in the valley of the River Till, Ford and Etal Estates, and the hamlet of Heatherslaw which lies in between, are surrounded by staggering walking routes great for getting the dog out for a long walk. In the estate itself, there are a number of dog friendly attractions to make the most of such as Lady Waterford Hall, Etal Castle and Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. Dogs are even allowed on Heatherslaw Light Railway, the steam train that offers a great way of getting between the three villages.

Wallington National Trust 


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Wallington Hall is the perfect place to walk your pooch, as although dogs aren’t allowed in the stately house itself, they are welcome year-round in the surrounding scenic landscapes there. The historical property has miles of woodland walks to explore and a picturesque walled garden to stroll, and well behaved dogs are allowed in almost all outdoor areas including the surrounding woodland, along the river and farm routes and in the walled garden. If you need to escape from the weather or fancy a bite to eat, you can also take your dogs into the Clocktower Café and buy doggy treats from the shop. You'll also find water bowls in the courtyard and outside the visitor welcome area, ensuring that you and your pooch will have a great day out at this National Trust site no matter the weather or the season

Kielder Forest


Another fantastic dog friendly day out in Northumberland is a trip to Kielder Water and Forest Park. Kielder Forest is dog friendly throughout and there are so many sights, viewpoints and wildlife for you and the dog to enjoy en-route. Wonderful, waterside routes can be enjoyed along Kielder Reservoir, the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, and fantastic outdoor architecture structures are scattered throughout the forest just waiting to be admired and explored.

Bamburgh Castle


Treat your dog like royalty on a day at Bamburgh Castle as the grounds and Victorian Stables are completely dog friendly. The views from Bamburgh Castle’s grounds are second to none, as it offers an exceptional viewpoint for Bamburgh Beach and the everlasting Northumberland coastline stretching out into the distance. While you’re in Bamburgh, it’s worth exploring the village and stopping for a coffee in one of the dog friendly cafes, and head to the beach for a windswept walk.

Cragside House and Gardens


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Cragside House and Gardens is another spectacular dog friendly attraction that is not to be missed. Surrounded by acres of incredible landscapes, you can enjoy woodland, trickling streams and beautiful fauna while you explore. Dogs are not allowed inside the stately house itself, but are welcome in all parts of the estate, including the grounds, gardens, shop and tearooms, where you can pick up a pot of doggy ice cream! Dogs must remain on leads at all times to protect the wildlife and for dog safety as there are steep drops and crags at Cragside.

Coastal Castles


Northumberland’s coastal castles are great for a day out with the dog in Northumberland as many of them sit along the Northumberland coast path, a perfect dog walking route. Warkworth Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle all welcome dogs into their grounds, so you can delve into Northumberland’s history and admire our romantic ruins. As always, do be mindful of the coastal wildlife when walking your dog and follow local signage regarding lead walking and other potential guidance.

Farne Islands boat trips


Take your dog out on a boat trip to The Farne Islands with Billy Shiel or Serenity Boat Tours, where well behaved dogs are welcome on board to admire the grey seals, puffins and sometimes even dolphins that can be seen from the boat. There are unfortunately no landings on the Farne Islands at the moment as the seabird colony was sadly devastated by bird flu last year. Nonetheless, seeing them from the comfort of the boat is a fantastic experience and you should be sure to explore Seahouses after your trip.

Heritage Walks


Relax and don’t worry about the route on a guided walk with Heritage Walks, who welcome dogs on their Northumberland routes. Ranging from the Pilgrim’s Path over to incredible Holy Island, to the fascinating Yeavering Bell near Ad Gefrin in Northumberland’s countryside, there are a number of routes to choose from that your dog will absolutely love.



Northumberland’s beaches make for excellent dog walking routes, as most of them welcome well behaved dogs throughout the year. Wander along the stunning, sweeping beaches, paddle in the clear (and chilly!) water and stop off for some takeaway fish and chips along the way on a dog friendly day out. Staggering Druridge Bay and beautiful Budle Bay are just a couple of examples of the pristine beaches that can be enjoyed with your dog. There is a seasonal restriction for breeding shorebirds in the middle of Beadnell Bay during the summer months, so make sure to observe wildlife signs and put your dog on a lead before you reach the site. Outside the AONB coast, there are restrictions at Blyth and Newbiggin, so again be sure to follow local signage. Please also take a look at the AONB’s guidance before bringing your dog to the coast.

So, now you are fully prepared to explore Northumberland with your dog, enjoy a dog friendly day out in Northumberland without worrying about whether your dog is welcome. Still need more inspiration? Take a look at our blog where we have a whole host of information about exploring Northumberland, from visiting Alnwick, to taking on the adventures of Robson Green and discovering free things to do in the area.
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