Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BT

+44 01434 220616

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 476 reviews
Find within approx miles of Kielder Water & Forest Park

Awards


Overview

visit england awards for excellence 2013

 

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England's largest working forest and the Darkest Skies in England, Kielder Water & Forest Park is England's number one tourism attraction (Visit England 2013).

Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more. It features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks.

The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water. A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 it was the first time on record that a pair of ospreys had recolonised naturally in Northumberland after over 200 years of absence and since then we have had two breeding pairs while 2016 was a record breaking year with nine fledging chicks, beating 2014's eight.   You can also spot otters, roe deer badgers and bats. Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions. Leaplish Waterside Park boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.

Famed for its dark skies thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park within Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is a star gazers’ heaven and home to the Kielder Observatory.

There is also contemporary art and architecture including the futuristic shelter design of the Belvedere, the Minotaur maze and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the ‘giant forest head’. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England calls the most tranquil spot in the country.

The park is also home to the award winning Kielder Winter Wonderland every November and December and the Kielder Marathon every October. 


 

 

 

Kielder Water & Forest Park features in the itinerary...
Our Great Outdoors

Ticketing and entry prices for Kielder Water & Forest Park

Type Entry for Guide price
Free 1
£0.00
per ticket

Dates & times for Kielder Water & Forest Park, Kielder

From To
Sunday01/01/2012Friday01/01/2021
 
Licenced premises at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Licenced premises
Picnic area at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Picnic area
Restaurant / cafe on site at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Restaurant / Cafe on site
Child / family friendly at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Family friendly
Car parking available at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Car parking available
Coach parking available at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Coach parking available
Cycle friendly at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Cycle friendly
Credit / debit cards accepted at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Credit / debit cards accepted
Dogs / pets allowed at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Pet friendly
Toilet Facilities at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Toilet facilities
Walker friendly at Kielder Water & Forest Park Great Outdoors Attraction Walker friendly
Certificate of ExcellenceCertificate of ExcellenceCertificate of ExcellenceCertificate of ExcellenceCertificate of ExcellenceCertificate of Excellence
tripadvisor
16/08/2017

Kielder Castle


Ian C,
Did a short walk and played in the maze on a rainy day. Ok to break up a journey but better for exploring the forest Iwith more time I expect.
tripadvisor
11/08/2017

A fun day out for all the family


MrsH_ayche,
We spent a few hours wandering around the forest and water park, It's very picturesque and there's plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

Kielder Water


Lee1962-2015, Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Visited Tower Knowe Visitor Centre last week during a holiday in Northumberland for a walk and some refreshments and the staff in the restaurant/cafe here were really nice, helpful and kind.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

Beautiful area


happyholidaymaker48, County Durham
We parked in Leaplish and did the lakeside walk, approx 6 miles return. Its a fairly easy walk with the most beautiful views and plenty of opportunities to sit and have a picnic. We managed to find our way ok as had downloaded a plan from the internet but we did find some of the walk signage could have been better. Plenty to do for all ages and a gift shop, toilets, bar/restaurant on site.
tripadvisor
08/08/2017

What a brilliant visit!!


Tony B,
I could write loads about our visit this last weekend ( not the first). Without doubt, Kielder lake & surrounding facilities are some of best entertainment activities in north of England. Best this time was the Gruffalo trail through the deep, dark woods. Starts at Kielder Castle. Download the app before you go. Signs on a trail magically turn into moving characters from 'The Gruffalo'. Great for young kids! Plan a whole day there. Several parking & activity areas - playparks, boating, restaurants, walks - GREAT day out!
https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Kielder-Water-Forest-Park/vn-medium-Heather.jpghttps://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Kielder-Water-Forest-Park/vn-medium-Heather.jpginfo@visitkielder.com

Photo: https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Kielder-Water-Forest-Park/vn-medium-Heather.jpg

URL: http://www.visitkielder.com


Search for things to do

Search for events

Search for accommodation

Sign up for our newsletter


It's in our nature
Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland
Late availability noticeboard