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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Latest News (24/03/2015 14:01)

Please note, from 1 April all day parking charge for vehicles will change to £4.50 per vehicle. Other charges will remain unchanged.

Please note the lights at Skyspace are not working at present, Engineers will fix the problem as soon as the water levels in the beck drop sufficiently to allow access to the blockage in the intake pipe.

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.

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Superworm is here!

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012If you enjoyed the Gruffalo and Gruffalo Child's trails then you'll love the new Superworm trail, based on the children's book by Julia Donaldson. Activity packs to go with the trail can be bought onsite at the cafe (£3.50 and include a special edition book). The trail starts on Friday 13th March and runs to the end of October.

Kielder Water and Forest Park - VisitEngland Awards for Excellence gold winner, 2013Kielder Castle Cafe and Exhibition are open 11am - 4pm weekends only in January then daily from the start of February  (the information point at the Castle will be open daily 10am-5pm during this time).  

Admission to the Exhibition is free. Access is through the cafe with last entry 30 minutes before closing.  For more information regarding the cafe phone 01434 250100 or visit Kielder Castle Cafe.

The toilets at Kielder Castle are OPEN all the time. Please note, Blakehopeburnhaugh toilet block is now closed for the winter.  It will reopen on 31st March 2015.

The Cycle Centre at Kielder Castle is open daily from 9.30am till dusk from Fri till Tue and closed Wed and Thurs (unless there are pre paid bookings) For information regarding the Cycle Centre please phone - 01434 250457 or visit Kielder Cycle Centre

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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


OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Kielder Castle

01434 250209

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car parks are open dawn to dusk daily.
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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