Forest operations are taking place at Salcey Forest. Please look out for diversions and safety notices.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

Seasonal opening times apply:

Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 9pm

Main car park and Horse Box car park barriers: These will be locked at the closing time listed above. A call-out charge will be payable to our security contractors to reopen the barrier should any vehicle become locked in, contact Viper Security - 07534 733423 

The overflow car park closes at 4pm. 

Please note: It is an offence to stay overnight in a vehicle on this site.

Weekdays

Monday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Tuesday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Wednesday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Thursday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Friday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed

Weekends

Saturday
Cafe 9am - 5.30pm
Information point 10.30am - 2pm
Sunday
Cafe 9am - 5.30pm
Information point 10.30am - 2pm

How to find us

How to find us
Wooton Road, Northamptonshire
Sat Nav Postcode: NN7 2HX
By Car

Leave the M1 at junction 15 and take the A45 towards Northampton.  Take the slip road marked Wootton and take the 1st exit on the roundabout to cross over the A45.  Go straight across the next roundabout, following signs for Quinton.  At the next roundabout take the 3rd turning onto Wootton Road.  Follow this road through Quinton Village until you reach the edge of Salcey Forest.  The main car park is 800 metres on the left (after the kennels).  

By Public Transport

The nearest bus stop in in Hartwell, which is approximately a 20 minute walk from Salcey Forest.

OS Grid Ref
SP 795 514

52.1577482, -0.8368117

Parking and prices

Our car parks are open all year round (except Christmas Day).

Main car park and Horse Box car park barriers: This will be locked at the closing time, see opening hours tab. A call-out charge will be payable to our security contractors to reopen the barrier should any vehicle become locked in call Viper Security - 07534 733423.

Parking charges apply at Salcey Forest.

You can now use RingGo* at Salcey Forest which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

 

Members park for free with their annual pass.

Please note: It is an offence to stay overnight in a vehicle on this site.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 1 hour & Saturday Early bird (8am-11am) £2.00
Up to 2 hours £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £8.00

Coaches - £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: 6
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

  • We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our sites without legal restrictions. Please remember to take personal responsibility for your health and hygiene and respect others if they wish to continue with some safety measures, such as wearing a mask or social distancing.
  • Be kind and patient to our staff, volunteers and onsite business partners. They are working hard to help you to get the best out of your visit.

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

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets

Contact details

Located only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton, Salcey Forest is an Oasis of nature and history

This magnificent woodland has many miles of ancient wood banks, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids', or veteran oaks, are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are over 600 years old. See what you can spot on your visit to the medieval royal hunting forest.

We’ve got endless walking trails, a family cycling trail, adventure play area and even an onsite café selling tasty homemade meals and cakes in a warm, friendly environment.

At a glance

  • 3 walking trails
  • 1 cycling trail
  • 1 horse riding trail
  • Archery and axe throwing 
  • Play areas 
  • Picnic area
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
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