Hamsterley Forest

Redford
Hamsterley Forest
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

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Hamsterley Forest

Guide Prices

Forest Drive Toll Per Car £6 (£10 Bank Holidays from Easter to 31 August). £12 per mini bus. £18 per coach. Annual Discovery Pass available (£45)

Please note our Pay and Display machines only take coins and can't give change. We currently have one machine that takes card payments-this is located next to the washrooms in the main car park. You can also pay for parking at the café (and also at our info point, though this is only staffed at limited times)

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    167
  • Very Good
    97
  • Average
    18
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    12

Recent Reviews:

  • prem k
    Trip Type:
    Business
    Great experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Its a great experience we enjoyed a lot i love this place & i want to come & again good hygene here i like Read full review
  • ryan g
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    awful bike hire
    1 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 17th July 2018
    Myself and My girlfiend decided to take a trip to Hamsterely forest while the weather was nice. As we don't own bikes we did some research and found Wood 'n' Wheels which is located on site. On the... Read full review
  • Lollipop765
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nice for walks, parking charges are ridiculous.
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 8th July 2018
    Hamsterley forest is only about a ten minute drive from us and we've frequently visited as a family when we were kids so always had fond memories. I visited a few weeks ago with my partner and the... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - £6 to park all day, £10 on all bank holiday weekends from Easter to August inclusive

Provider Facilities

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

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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.

Public Transport Directions

Unfortunately, there is no public transport available to the forest

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