Day Trip Must Sees

Day Trip Must Sees


There’s so much to pack into your trip it is impossible to see all of the Park in a day but here are your top must sees – the attractions that are too good to miss. Pick and choose whichever fit your timings best! Don’t forget to check opening times for the attractions below before you set off.

Kielder Observatory
Throughout the year there are events on at the Observatory – check for details. When there are no events on, visitors are still welcome to visit the Observatory and walk around the decking but the interior facilities will be closed.

Osprey Ferry
The ideal way to see Kielder Water in style. Always check the ferry timetable before setting out. You can board the ferry at Leaplish Waterside Park or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.

Lakeside Way
Choose a section to walk, run cycle or ride. See our downloadable Trails Guide for available routes.

Kielder Castle
Kids especially will love the Minotaur maze.

Leaplish Waterside Park
Great for a spot of lunch at the Boat Inn restaurant and bar. There’s also a heated pool.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
An interactive new exhibition about the history of Kielder Water and everything there is to do in the Park now.

Red squirrel hide
You’re almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel – one of the last remaining strongholds in England.

Places and distances

Star trails
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Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit for all event bookings.

Approx 4.46 mile(s) between Kielder Observatory and The Osprey Ferry
Osprey Ferry
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The Ferry is now running on the regular timetable of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday If you require any further information on the Ferry Timetable please contact 01434 251000 as subject to change on Bank Holidays 




Approx 3.68 mile(s) between The Osprey Ferry and Lakeside Way
Kielder Water
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Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.

Approx 0.03 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
Picnic bench
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Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is open all year round, 10am to 5pm (11am opening for exhibition Now to March) . Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.

Approx 3.93 mile(s) between Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and Leaplish Waterside Park
Mini golf
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With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 2.43 mile(s) between Leaplish Waterside Park and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
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                           Please can we advise that the Explore Centre is closed at present

Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the 29th March time  10 - 4pm. Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out what you can do and where. Interactive exhibition, Cafe on the water, gift shop, ferry rides around the lake and fishing.

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