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10 Dog-Friendly Days Out across Yorkshire and the North East

Dog-Friendly Days Out Clockwise from top left; Beamish Museum, Mother Shipton's Cave, Yorkshire Air Museum
August 2023
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Enjoy the sunshine with your four-legged friend

Here are our top picks of dog-friendly days out across Yorkshire and the North East.
Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum

Dogs are welcome at the museum and there’s no extra cost to bring them along. They’re usually allowed on transport (lower deck only and at the conductor’s discretion), as well as in lots of the museum’s buildings, including the 1920s Waggonway, the 1900s Colliery Yard and the Rowley Station. Don’t miss Beamish’s dog treats, tried and tested by their very own sheep dogs. 

Raby Castle 

There are plenty of scenic walks across the beautiful 200-acre parkland at Raby Castle with impressive views of the castle fortress, the lake and an abundance of wildlife across the ponds and woodlands. Plus, when you need a refresh, head to the Yurt Café where water bowls are available.

Berwick Museum and Art Gallery 

You don’t need to miss out on a day of culture and learning as family pets are allowed inside Berwick Museum and Art Gallery. Inside the Ravensdowne Barracks, the museum is made up of more than 300 pieces including oil paintings and watercolour art, as well as an eclectic collection of objects from the past. 

Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway 

Jump on board the world’s oldest railway and enjoy an unforgettable journey on a vintage steam train with unique Victorian carriages and lovingly restored locomotives. The six-mile round trip is great for kids and adults and better still, dogs can join for free. 

Bamburgh Castle  

Allowing dogs inside the castle grounds, the Tack Room Café and the Victorian Stables, Bamburgh Castle is a great day out for the whole family. Wanting to head inside? Fear not as the new dog-sitting service allows you to explore the castle whilst your dog gets well looked after by the trained volunteers from Northumberland Dog Rescue.

Yorkshire Air Museum 

Visit one of the UK’s largest independent aviation museums, on the former site of RAF Elvington, a World War II bomber base, and take the dogs with you. Open seven-days-a-week, explore the museum and discover the fascinating collection of pre-World War II aircraft including the tiny Flying Flea and the famous SE-5A WW1 fighter. 

Ryedale Folk Museum

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Dogs are welcome to enjoy the park alongside their owners at Mother Shipton’s Cave. Allow your four-legged friend to roam the park and join you in exploring the curious cave where Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess, was born before marvelling at The Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction which is believed to have healing waters. 

North Yorkshire Moor Railway

Hop on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and enjoy a fantastic day out. Running from Pickering to Whitby the 24-mile journey means you can explore all the villages along the way – and your dogs can come too! Dogs are welcome on all trains (except dining trains and some special events) and dog tickets are free for members and £3 for standard ticket holders. 

Sheffield Botanical Gardens 

Keep your dog on their lead and they can come with you to Sheffield Botanical Garden where you can wander the winding paths and explore more than 18 different garden areas based on geographical and botanical themes. 

Ryedale Folk Museum 

Set in over six acres in Hutton-le-Hole, discover 40,000 objects within more than 20 heritage buildings in this North Yorkshire open-air museum. Welcoming dogs on leads, call by the farming areas, visit the medieval Manor House and don’t miss the Iron-Age Roundhouse – it’s the perfect day out for the whole family. 

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