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Hamsterley Forest

From £5.00
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

Add Hamsterley Forest to your Itinerary

Hamsterley Forest

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Forest Drive Toll Per Car£5.00 per ticket type

£10 per mini bus. £15 per coach. Annual Discovery Pass available.


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousVisit County Durham Official Partner Visit County Durham Official Partner 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Daniel B
    Trip Type:
    Could do better
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 20th October 2016
    Unhelpful staff studiously ignored my wife in information office when enquiringly about Stick Man trail. Our first encounter with a rude local on this holiday. Lovely location, with river for kids to... Read full review
  • Mick M
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Dog walking
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 7th October 2016
    Nice place for a dog walk, we walked the orange tack from the main visitor centre car park, 4.5 miles I think, easy walking, well naked, very pleasant couple of hours. Stoped at the cafe for a... Read full review
  • elgun2016
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fantastic. But....
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd October 2016
    We've visited hamsterley forest for years (we were members) but haven't been for a few months. The new childrens play areas are great, everything's been updated which is also great. But the problem i... Read full review


Provider Features

  • Forest Location
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - £5 per car, £10 minibus, £15 coach. Season ticket available


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Open daily March to October and school holidays, weekends only during winter.
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - also allowed in cafe. (stick & flick policy on dog waste)
  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

2016 (1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday08:00 - 17:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A68. Follow brown 'Hamsterley Forest' signs from A68 north of Bishop Auckland.

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