Dunstanburgh Castle - Dog Friendly Attraction in Embleton, Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle

NE66 3TT
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  • Built on the most magnificent scale
  • Stands on a remote headland

Dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research carried out by English Heritage indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was hitherto recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold. The innovative gatehouse, for instance, competed with the new royal castles in Wales. The focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay. Its impressive ruins now watch over a headland famous for seabirds.
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

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“Lovely day out with dog and children. Visitors are encouraged to use the Quarry Car Park however this was full when we went but there is street parking in Craster itself. We had a lovely walk across the headland to the castle. We are English Heritage members and so went inside the castle and were made to feel very welcome with the dog. He was welcome to go wherever we went, even to the top of the very tall tower! We then headed back to the village and went to the Jolly Fisherman pub for some lunch. Dogs welcome inside and out, dog water bowls plentiful in the beer garden. We had the most amazing cheese & ham toastie and watched dolphins swimming just off shore - really enjoyed our day out.”

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