Hamsterley Forest

Forestry England
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 £49

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.


  • 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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • louisehI9623YQ
      Folkestone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Absolutely beautiful
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 26th May 2019
      Embarrassed to say this is my first time here, we walked the riverside trail as were short on time but will be hiring bikes and heading up later in the week, cafe has delicious local and homemade... Read full review
    • matthewmJ7501JU
      Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Cafe Shambles
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th May 2019
      1. No high chairs - when I asked was told they are ‘on order’! Why not go and buy a temporary solution? My child’s head couldn’t reach the table!! 2. Panini burnt and tasteless. 3. Jacket potato dry... Read full review
    • Sallie L
      Trip Type:
      What a great time!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 4th June 2019
      My daughter, 2 under 6's and I visited Hamsterley Forest last Saturday and had a fantastic day. Parking is £6 for the day but what a small price to pay for fabulous scenery, wildlife, safe wooden... 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 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00

    * Opening Dawn to dusk. Forest drive 9:00 - 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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