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Hamsterley Forest

Redford
Hamsterley
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

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Hamsterley Forest

Guide Prices

Forest Drive Toll Per Car £5. £10 per mini bus. £15 per coach. Annual Discovery Pass available.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    124
  • Very Good
    69
  • Average
    11
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    7

Recent Reviews:

  • SteveHolt1981
    Catterick, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely visit 🌞🌞
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 25th March 2017
    Had a fantastic visit here today, although not our first visit, this one included much nicer weather. Kids loved it, we downloaded the Gruffalo spotter app and used it on the trail, kids were engaged... Read full review
  • Matthew G
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Discovery member for many years
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th March 2017
    I usually visit the forest weekly as I have a Discovery Pass and love the walks and trails, normally taking a picnic or snack as I find the selection of hot drinks poor although the cakes are usually... Read full review
  • KatieBlenkinsop
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Excellent day out.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th March 2017
    I visited Hamsterley forest today with my husband, my friend and her two daughters. We had a fabulous day ... followed the Gruffalo trail, played Pooh Sticks, paddled in the river, played in the... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

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

Provider Facilities

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

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
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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Friday, 24th February 2017 - Sunday, 31st December 2017

Gruffalo Spotting at Hamsterley Forest The wait is over… we’re very excited to invite you to the forest to become a Gruffalo Spotter! Follow clues and search for signs along our new interactive trail — using The Gruffalo Spotter app www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo #GruffaloSpotters
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