7 Top Dog Friendly Days Out in Newcastle

You might think that a city might not be a good place to take a dog but you’d be surprised. With so much to do in this vibrant city, there are also a number of dog friendly days out in Newcastle.

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Newcastle

Famous for it’s superb nightlife and restaurants, Newcastle is definitely one of the top city breaks throughout the UK. It also has another great side to it, its full of great days out for you and your canine companion.

Whether that’s a stroll along the Quayside, enjoying the Sunday market or wandering up Northumberland Street.

Either way, your sure to have a memorable holiday when visiting some of these dog friendly attractions in Newcastle:

Activities & Things to Do

Find below 7 of the best days out in Newcastle for dogs

1. Discover Hadrian’s Wall

For a dog lover, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is heaven on earth. Covering 73 miles from the east end of Newcastle upon Tyne, west across Northumberland and into Cumbria, the Wall has countless opportunities for humans and canines to enjoy a day out. Visit Vindolanda, the award-winning visitor centre which really lets you know how the Legionnaires lived, or take one of the many approved Wall Walks across the site. There are plenty of dog-friendly places to stop off and have some refreshments along the way.

2. Enjoy the beaches

The Northumbrian coast stretches from Tynemouth in the south to Berwick upon Tweed in the north. Along the way, there are tens of miles of sandy beach, in places like Cresswell Bay, Druridge Bay and Tynemouth Longsands. These beaches are pristine sand and regularly win Blue Flag awards. Although there are some restrictions on dogs on some beaches at peak times, that still leaves a lot of fresh air and exercise for you and your pet to enjoy. There are many coastal towns and villages dotted along the coast for when you and pooch get tired.

3. See the Stars at Kielder

To the west of Newcastle is Northumberland National Park. This covers thousands of square acres, up to and including the English border with Scotland. Situated within the Park is Kielder Water & Forest Park, which surrounds Kielder Reservoir. Here you’ll find miles of superb woodland walks, and stargazers will stay for the night time when the Observatory takes advantage of one of the darkest skies in Europe, using old fashioned telescopes to see parts of the heavens, not many people see.

4. Visit the Heritage Coast

As well as the stunning views of the North Sea, the coast near Newcastle is home to a lot of historic sites. There are ruins of castles and priories at various places on the clifftops and promontories along the coast, from Tynemouth Castle and Priory to Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and the haunting Holy Island. There is a well mapped and documented Heritage Coast trail to follow, including many superb clifftop walks which you and your canine companion will love. All of these are within an hour and a half’s drive from Newcastle upon Tyne.

5. Enjoy the Towns

There is a huge diversity of different towns and villages across the Newcastle region. There are many working fishing ports at the coast, including Amble and Newbiggin by the Sea, which have their own unique character, not to mention amazing fish and chips.

Slightly more inland, Alnwick is the home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose castle is the setting for Hogwarts. The site has many dog-friendly visitor attractions and is worth a day out in itself. Further inland is historic towns like Hexham, whose abbey was built from stones from Hadrian’s Wall. A short drive will take you to any of these special places.

6. Visit Newcastle Gateshead

Straddling the Tyne Gorge, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Borough of Gateshead are joined by 7 bridges and much more besides. Take your dog for a walk along the miles of riverside walks, and take in some of the vibrant cultures of this regional capital of North East England.

As well as world-famous landmarks like the Tyne Bridge, there is an ever-increasing number of cultural venues like the Sage Gateshead, many of which have daytime activities to enjoy to complement their internationally acclaimed evening entertainments.

7. Go Natural

The region has some superb dog walks in Newcastle through woodlands and green spaces, many of them reclaimed from the area’s industrial past. Take pooch for a short drive to discover the Great North Forest, based just south of the River Tyne. Head west for 45 minutes and you’ll discover the North Pennines, something of a hidden gem in the UK’s network of hill walks and nature trails.

Looking at Visiting the Area

If our dog-friendly places in Newcastle has whet your appetite then why not book a long weekend or mini-break in the city. There are plenty of options when it comes to doggie accommodation in Newcastle so why wait?

Holiday Cottages 

After a day of exploring there’s nothing better than coming back somewhere, you can kick your shoes off and relax with either Newcastle hot tub cottages for pets or Newcastle dog friendly cottages that both offer the opportunity to do just that. 

Log Cabins

Further afield and a more rural option there are dog friendly lodges in Newcastle and across the surrounding area if peace and quiet is your thing. 



Donna Mullan

With a heart for travel and a soft spot for dogs, Donna enjoys uncovering the UK’s best dog-friendly, off-the-beaten-track destinations. From the UK’s coasts to rural England, she shares her love for history and nature on DogFriendlyGetaways, guiding others to perfect pet-friendly adventures.