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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

The Forest Drive is closed from 2 December until 1 May 2020.

Due to the ongoing health emergency all Forestry England recreation sites will close at midnight tonight, 23rd March, until further notice. 
This is to meet the Government’s social distancing guidance and to protect our visitors, staff and tenants.


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

All car parks are closed until further notice, as are all facilities on site including toilets.


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 17.00 £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

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.

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus

At a glance

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