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Whitley Bay Beach is one of the many beautiful beaches found in the North East. Home to a glorious stretch of golden sand, this Blue Flag awarded beach is primed for long walks along the coast in the company of your four-legged friend. Seasonal restrictions may apply to dogs due to the number of people that flock here in the summer months. But when the beach isn’t too busy, there’s nowhere better to simply stroll (or swim) your way along the seafront and admire the rocks, dunes, cliffs and historic St. Mary’s Lighthouse that frames the cover of many a postcard.

Find out more about dog-friendly days out in Newcastle. 

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Following a day at Whitley Bay Beach, post-walk pints with your best friend await a short stroll inland at The Fat Ox. Lauded by dogs and publicans alike for its local ales, wines and hearty homecooked menu. For added fun, pay a visit to the regular dog-friendly quiz nights and evenings of live music hosted at The Fat Ox. 

Should you find yourself in central Newcastle, City Tavern offers a warm welcome to dogs and owners alike, with dog blankets at the bar and the chance to play with the three resident hounds: Alfie, Hector and Dillon. Dogs can even enjoy dog-friendly beer and treats from the designated doggy menu.

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For heritage days out with the dog, look no further than the stately Auckland Castle Deer House. Built in 1760, this atmospheric Georgian Gothic edifice commands a prominent position overlooking the River Wear. But beyond the building’s centuries-old walls, well-behaved dogs on leads are assured to love the 150 acres of idyllic parkland that are open between March and October. Following a stroll around the scenic landscapes – which inspired the likes of JMW Turner – head into nearby Bishop Auckland for a pooch-friendly pint in Caps Off.

Ready to set off on your next dog-friendly adventure? Leave the car at home, book an advance ticket and board a train to our extensive collection of destinations and look forward to spending less on parking and more on days out.

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Dog friendly days out in Yorkshire

Few places, the world over, are as primed for long walks with the dog than God’s Own Country. But what’s a walk without a revitalising post-stroll pint? In Yorkshire, it just so happens you’re more than spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a pooch-friendly pub

Dogs on the beach

We joined forces with Pets as Therapy to celebrate what they do and encourage people to make the most of beaches across the north of England. From October beaches are once again open to dogs, giving you a great excuse to hop on the train and visit some of the North's beautiful coastlines.

Dog friendly days out in the North West

Pups & Cups Bistro in Old Swan, Liverpool, is the city’s first restaurant dedicated to delivering a pawsome experience for canine customers, with ample space for dogs to runaround and make friends in the Pup Garden, before tucking into dog-friendly treats such as Pawfect Pancakes and Pupachinos. But fret not, dogs aren’t the only ones who can enjoy tasty treats at Pups & Cups: humans can also tuck into breakfast, lunch, dinner and a delightful menu of sweet treats and coffee.

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