Castle welcomes four-legged friends

For the first time since Bamburgh Castle opened to the public, owners will be able to take dogs on leads into the grounds.

Thursday, 28th March 2019, 8:11 am
Francis Watson Armstrong with his dogs.

From April 1, dogs will be able to explore the nine-acre site, while a special dog-friendly area within the castle’s Victorian Stables will be available.

Castle owner Francis Watson Armstrong said: “We’re sure our decision to let dogs – and well-behaved owners – will get their tails wagging as they enjoy beautiful Bamburgh Castle.”

A keen dog lover and owner, he added: “Dogs simply are a part of the family. Not only is it a pleasure having them with you, for welfare and safety reasons it can be problematic and distressing for people to leave their dog behind while they go sightseeing, especially if they are here on holiday.

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“We’re real dog lovers here at Bamburgh. My family have always owned dogs across the generations, including the First Lord Armstrong who purchased Bamburgh Castle 125 years ago and owned Dandy Dinmonts.

Dogs will not be permitted in the castle’s state rooms or Clock Tower Tea Room (except for assistance dogs).