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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.

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.

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.