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Kielder Water and Forest Park

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

Get in touch with your wild side at England’s largest forest - Kielder Water and Forest Park! You’ll have the chance to explore 5 walking and 7 cycling trails within the 250 square miles of the site. Many curious contemporary art sculptures are hidden amongst the trees, so make sure you bring your camera and take pictures as you go along.  

Kielder is also home to lots of wildlife, including red squirrels, otters and ospreys. That’s another opportunity to inspire the budding photographers in the family! Make sure you stop by the Castle Visitor Centre, if you want to hire a bicycle for a family adventure on wheels.

The little ones are interested in the mystery of space? Check the Kielder Observatory programme and attend one of their stargazing events. Since Kielder Water and Forest Park has a Dark Sky status, it’s one of the best places to see stars.

  • Biggest forest in the country
  • Largest population of red squirrels in England
  • Stargazing events at the Kielder Observatory

Opening hours

08:00 - dusk



Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Kielder Water and Forest Park, Kielder Castle, Hexham, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER, England

Phone number

01434 250209



Click here to visit Kielder Water and Forest Park's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Parking charges
One hour: £1.50
All day: £4.50 all day 

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Kielder Water and Forest Park is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Kielder Water and Forest Park have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Pets are allowed.

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