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Explore Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Built in 1775 as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, Kielder Castle is now the focal point for visitors to the forest.

KIELDER CASTLE. AUTUMN. KIELDER FD.The Castle houses a series of exhibitions about the forest and its wildlife, together with an information centre and Kielder Castle Cafe. The exhibition is full of fantastic opportunities to get to know the forest and its history better, including an osprey camera providing live footage of the forest's nest sites, an interactive red squirrel exhibition and a local history exhibition focussing on the bastles built during the 'Border Reivers' period.

 Upstairs in the Castle is the classroom. This is available for hire and is often used for various workshops arranged by the Forestry Commission.

The castle grounds (map) include picnic sites, children's playground and the start of the Duke and Duchess walking trails. Within the grounds of the Castle is a work of art called Minotaur, which is a maze built of basalt stone and glass.There is also a bird viewing platform in the castle grounds and a squirrel hide a short walk away on the Duke's Trail. A short pedal from the castle you can test your cycle skills on the mountain bike skills loop before venturing onto the wider trail network.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo Child Trail at Kielder Castle!

If you enjoyed the Gruffalo Trail, you'll love the Gruffalo Child's Trail, which will be coming to our forest from Friday 3rd October. Sign up to hear more about our plans.

Crowned the best tourism experience of the year.

Kielder Water and Forest Park - VisitEngland Awards for Excellence gold winner, 2013Kielder Water & Forest Park won the prestigious honour at the VisitEngland 2013 Awards for Excellence and is now officially recognised as the best tourism experience in the country.

Kielder Castle Cafe is now open 9.30am - 5.00pm daily till the end of October (9am-5.30pm in school holidays).  From 1 November, opening hours are 10am-4pm daily. The exhibition is free and open 10am-4pm with last admission to exhibition 1/2 an hour before closing. The toilets at Kielder Castle are OPEN all the time.

 Admission to the Exhibition is free.  Access is through the cafe.  For more information regarding the cafe phone 01434 250100 or visit Kielder Castle Cafe.

The Cycle Centre at Kielder Castle is open daily from 9.30am till 5pm. For information regarding the Cycle Centre please phone - 01434 250457 or visit Kielder Cycle Centre

What do other visitors say?

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Anonymous, 8/Feb/2014
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Anonymous, 11/Oct/2013
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Just spent 3 days cycling at Kielder. We did the Lakeside Ride, and also the Lonesome Pine Trail and Bloody Bush Trails. The condition of the trails was excellent, as was the signposting. We really enjoyed ourselves. Could not believe that we were the only people on the MTB trails. We would definitely recommend the area to other mountain bikers.

Karen , 24/Jun/2011

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cycle wash
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Information
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Arts
  • Minotaur maze is located below the castle on the site of an old walled garden.
  • Bus Stop
  • Outside Kielder Castle. Seasonal service, Sundays only.
  • Cafe
  • Duke's Pantry licensed restaurant at Kielder Castle.
  • Castle
  • Kielder Castle, built in 1775, is a Grade II listed building.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle hire re-opens Easter 2013.
  • Mountain biking
  • Hub for all MTB trails
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins provided at Kielder Castle.
  • Forest drive
  • A 12 mile forest drive from Kielder Castle to the A68.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins at Kielder Castle only
  • Orienteering
  • Two junior courses start from Kielder Castle.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Parking for Blue Badge holders is available at Kielder Castle. Please note, parking charges still apply.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 4 all day (covers all car parks within the park including those operated by Northumbrian Water)
    1.50 for one hour at Kielder Castle.
  • Play area
  • Located on playing fields north of the Castle.
  • Walking
  • Duke's, Duchess, Deadwater and Skyspace walking trails all start from the castle.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets, including disabled toilets and baby change facilities can be found at Kielder Castle and below Kielder Castle car park
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife exhibition at the castle, including cameras trained on osprey nests and red squirrel feeding stations. Wildlife Hide on Duke's Trail.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Contact

Kielder Castle

01434 250209
kieldercastle@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car parks are open dawn to dusk daily.
Parking
4 all day (covers all car parks within the park including those operated by Northumbrian Water)
1.50 for one hour at Kielder Castle.
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