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Some car parks and public toilets at Kielder Water and Forest Park are now open. - Find out more
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Kielder Castle and Forest Drive are now now open. The Observatory remains closed. 

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How to find us

How to find us
Kielder Castle, Kielder
Sat Nav Postcode: NE48 1ER
By Car

From the nearby villages of Bellingham and Newcastleton follow signs to Kielder Water and Forest Park which will take you onto the C200 - the road which runs adjacent to the southern shore of Kielder Water.

OS Grid Ref

55.2335711, -2.5805507

Parking and prices



Parking Charges

Main Car Park
Up to 1 hour £1.50
All day £5.00
Forest Drive (Toll road)
All day £3.00
Forest Drive Toll and Car Park
All day £7.00
Campervans Overnight Parking at Kielder Castle Only (Discovery Pass membership not included, additional charges apply)
After 5pm £10.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Card payments accepted
Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

Some facilities at Kielder Castle are now open: 

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Discover endless opportunity at England's largest forest

A visit to Kielder Castle visitor centre will uncover many surprises. Get lost in the Minotaur Maze, discover the fascinating night sky or walk along the unique Lakeside Way, a 26 mile multi-use path around the lake which can be accessed from Kielder Castle.

We also have one of England's largest mountain bike trail networks! Located adjacent to Kielder Castle is the Kielder Cycle Centre which offers bikes for all ages and disciplines as well as up to date, electric assisted cycles.

Kielder is a great place to see a variety of wildlife. From April to August, live camera footage is shown daily from Northumberland's only breeding osprey population which is now the largest natural colony in the UK with an impressive 6 nests per season. Kielder Salmon Centre is also close to Kielder Castle and gives a real insight the fantastic work the Environment Agency carry out in the area, including rearing Salmon and also protecting Pearl Mussels.

You can even explore the forest from the comfort of your car along the Kielder Forest Drive, which starts at Kielder Castle - it should be noted this is an unsurfaced road and best suited for 4x4 vehicles, not a suitable road for low to the ground vehicles.

At a glance

  • Part of Kielder Water and Forest Park 
  • 5 walking trails 
  • 7 cycling trails 
  • Café - closed
  • Cycle hire -closed
  • Picnic and barbecue areas - closed
  • Kielder Observatory - closed
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