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Hamsterley Forest

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)


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • jayclark16
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Bank Holiday Rip Off!!
    2 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th May 2018
    Don't get me wrong Hamsterley Forest is a lovely place to visit - HOWEVER.......... The Car Parking fees are beyond a joke. I visited with my partner, toddler and baby on the bank holiday weekend to... Read full review
  • Louisewillumsen87
    Jarrow, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Enjoying the sunshine
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th May 2018
    It’s always a lovely day when we visit Hamsterley Forest. Always a great crowed to turn out. I guess it is what you make of it really. Take your own food or buy in the cafe, it’s your own choice... Read full review
  • pocket7777
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Nice forest
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 6th May 2018
    Hamsterley is a lovely day out. Lots to do. Bike . Walk . Kids play areas. Great gruffalo trail . Plenty of parking and bike hire. Gets quite busy. Quite accessible for wheelchair and have toilets... Read full review



  • 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)
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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