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

Opening hours

Kielder Castle visitor centre is currently closed for an eagerly anticipated redevelopment of the ground floor and courtyard. We hope work will be completed in 2023, when the centre will reopen with an enlarged cafe space and rooms to sit and relax. There will be more information in the coming months on how the development will progress.

Kielder Forest Drive will be closed from 1 December 2022 and will re-open on 1 April 2023.

 

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
NY632934

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
Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Card payments accepted
Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

  • Castle building and visitor information point - closed
  • Café - closed
  • Takeaway Diner - closed
  • Cycle hire - open
  • Picnic areas - open
  • Kielder Observatory - closed
  • Forest Drive - closed from 1 December 2022 to 1 April 2023

Kielder Castle visitor centre is currently closed for an eagerly anticipated redevelopment of the ground floor and courtyard. We hope work will be completed in 2023, when the centre will reopen with an enlarged cafe space and rooms to sit and relax. There will be more information in the coming months on how the development will progress.

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
Toilets

Contact details

Activities at Kielder Castle

Mountain biker riding over timber flyover at Kielder
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Kielder
Family walking on a woodland trail
Dukes trail at Kielder
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Kielder Castle
Three horse riders in high vis in the forest
Horse riding at Kielder Castle
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder Forest Drive
Kielder Forest and Water Park view through trees
Lakeside way at Kielder
Minotaur Maze Kielder Castle
Minotaur Maze at Kielder Castle
Picnic table within bluebells
Picnics and barbecues at Kielder Castle
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Walking trails at Kielder Castle

Nearby forests

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Although it's England's largest forest, Kielder is not just about trees. At any one time, a quarter of the area of Kielder is open space, including England’s largest area of blanket bog. Kielder is also England’s most important red squirrel reserve, home to the biggest remaining population of red squirrels in the country.

small un-surfaced trail winding through dark autumnal trees to lake in the distance

With two nearby walking trails and a picnic area, Sidwood is at the heart of this delightful part of Kielder Forest, just two miles from the village of Greenhaugh.

Raised walking path next to stream in the forest

At the northern end of Kielder Forest Drive, Blakehopeburnhaugh is the starting point for the Hindhope Linn walking trail. The trail leads you to the spectacular waterfall in an enchanting dell, a local sight not to be missed!

Reward yourself with a tasty picnic after your forest adventure or if you're keen to discover more, venture over to the Pennine Way long-distance footpath, accessible from the car park. 

Picnic table at sunrise

More than just a picture perfect spot for your next picnic, Warksburn is overlooked by the famous Totem Poles of Stonehaugh village, adding some fascinating depth to the view from your picnic. 

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