Kielder Waterside

Kielder Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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Find within approx miles of Kielder Waterside


With panoramic views of the reservoir, this is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. Facilities are open to both day visitor and guests (staying in the luxury four and five star self-catering lodges or the 58 pitch caravan site for motor homes and touring caravans).

Our onsite shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days week, purchase fresh produce, everyday essentials or unique gifts. Please be aware that due to licensing laws alcohol can not be served between 11pm and 10am.

Visitors have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘Go Active Break’. Go Active is ideal for those looking to get active, try out new sports and enjoy a healthier holiday.

Activities include archery and junior archery, fencing, crossbows (over 18's only), table tennis, Crazy Carts ,snorkelling & sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside an inflatable ball), disc golf, pentanque (French Boules). Pre-booking is essential.

Come here to;

  • Have coffee, lunch, an alcoholic beverage or an evening meal at the Boat Inn restaurant & bar. To find out more about the Boat Inn please visit  -
  • Go to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Enjoy a bistro style meal in our cosy café, The Hide.
  • Board the Osprey ferry (subject to pre-booking and timetable). Start a walk or bike ride along the Lakeside Way.
  • Unwind in the sauna or swim in the heated indoor pool (pre-booking required).
  • Play minature golf or try out the children's play area. Both of these are part of Kielder Art & Architecture.
  • Visit the red squirrel hide.
  • Shop for souvenirs.
  • Hire pleasure boats (seasonal).
  • Hire fishing boats (pre-booking essential).
  • Purchase fishing permits and get up to date information.
  • Stay in a luxury lodge as part of a Go Active break.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some  red squirrels, ospreys (seasonal) and salmon.


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Good food in lovely setting

Patricia D, Haverhill, United Kingdom
We ate at the Boat Inn on two evenings while we we visiting Kielder Forest area, and both time the service and food was very good. If fact the lasagna that I had was one of the best I have tasted. My husband really enjoyed his warming beef stew too. Another must to do while you are in this area of the waterside is pay a visit to the squirrel hide which is only a few minutes walk away. We have been lucky enough to see red squirrels on both occasions we have done this!

Beautiful location - accommodation not up to standard

debs_white, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Kielder is a lovely location and I have enjoyed cycling there several times - even in the rain! But our recent stay in one of the Kielder Waterside lodges was, overall, disappointing. Some positives - the reception staff were very pleasant and helpful. The swimming pool is fine for this sort of location, essentially what you would find in a 4* hotel, though the changing rooms are cold. We were warned that not all the lodges had wifi, but I could not access this in the reception area, either, and with mobile reception poor in this area, communications are limited. This may be a positive or negative! I think our lodge was one of the older ones, but it was not in great condition - peeling woodwork and several broken window catches. The bedrooms were only a little larger than the beds they contained, with little room for people and luggage. There was no dining table, more an odd extension to the kitchen worktop to sit around. But the most upsetting and disappointing thing - at what I thought was a family holiday destination - was the intoxicated young man at the lodge next door, who stumbled around swigging spirits out of the bottle, and was intrusive, offensive, and generally unpleasant to us. We didn't complain about this at the time as it was hard to see how drawing attention to our upset would improve his behaviour, but I would not go back here if this is the kind of people it attracts.

Don't miss this

mrba2015, Northampton, United Kingdom
This is an amazing place to be. We visited Tower Knowle. There is a nice gift shop here and the staff are exceptional. We did a trip on the Ospre ferry which took 90 mins. Again the staff were exceptional and even had the kids in the captains chair. This is a great trip to do. I am more than happy to recommend.

We picked a bad time.

Robin A, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Kielder must be very impressive when the sun's shining. We visited when it was wet. The bonus here was that it wasn't busy. We need to return in better weather.

Cafe review only - don't bother going here for a coffee or lunch

ROAMINGSCOT55, Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
We decided to ride back through Kielder on our way back from Appleby and thought we would stop at the visitor centre for some lunch. The car park is pay and display for a start. The café had a queue of around three people and the lady serving seemed to have no interest in serving anyone - she was more interested in chatting to one of the other staff. We eventually got our coffees after about ten minutes and picked a couple of cakes. The coffees were ok but the cakes were dry and heavy. The café itself has a peculiar smell in it - a bit like an old damp house. On the way out we decided to have an ice cream so we could sit and admire the views. Again the lady seemed to have no interest in serving the few people that were waiting. Ten minutes later we eventually got served. The views outside are stunning in the sunshine and there are plenty of walks to try. If you are planning a day here then bring a picnic!



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