Kielder Itineraries

Family Fun


Please note this is based on summer opening times.

Friday evening

After enjoying a scenic drive make yourself at home in your comfortable lodge – the Boat Inn restaurant and bar is on-site for your evening meal if no one feels like cooking!


Early risers will catch a beautiful sunrise over Kielder Water. Start your adventure with a visit to Kielder Castle and the Duchess art gallery. Kids can enjoy playing in the adventure playground or exploring the Minotaur maze while you stop for coffee at the Duke’s Pantry. Nearby is the Kielder Salmon Centre for an interesting introduction into the life of the salmon.

Take a drive back to Leaplish Waterside Park and get the Osprey ferry for outstanding views around Kielder Water to Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and its interactive exhibition. Now is a great time to stop for lunch at Café on the water.

Hop on the ferry back to Leaplish Waterside Park for a spot of mini golf and so the kids can play on the castles in the play garden. If it threatens to rain, take advantage of the heated swimming pool and sauna. We recommend that you prebook your swim or sauna at Leaplish. For a special evening treat, why not check if there are any events on at Kielder Observatory where you can spend the night star gazing under the darkest night skies in England.


Take an early morning stroll or bike ride along a stretch of the Lakeside Way – a new multi-user trail that encircles Kielder Water stretching for 27 miles. See how much wildlife you can spot on your travels (there is also a wildlife garden at Leaplish Waterside Park as well as Bakethin conservation area for those with a keen interest).

If you didn’t bring your own bikes you can hire them from The Bike Place or Purple Mountain. Ask in one of our visitor centres for the best section of the trail to suit you and if any parts of the trail are closed for operation reasons. It’s always best to check the ferry timetable before setting off too.

After lunch it is definitely worth paying a visit to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre based at Leaplish Waterside Park. They care for a whole host of birds including owls, falcons and vultures as well as two fallow deer, two wallabies, guinea pigs and red squirrels.

Expect a ‘hands on’ experience through daily flying demonstrations, hunting days, hawk walks, falconry courses and school visits. You’ll even get the chance to feed two of the largest flying birds in the world, a pair of Great White Pelicans called Elisabeth and Giff.

Round off your visit with a trip to the wildlife garden at Leaplish Waterside Park where the little ones can discover a whole host of wildlife as well our new, human sundial.

Places and distances

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Kielder Waterside

Luxury lodges at Kielder Waterside boast panoramic views over the reservoir and forest. book your holiday now! 

Leaplish Ferry
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The Osprey Ferry



The Osprey ferry takes a scenic cruise around Kielder Reservoir, you can view the surroundings from a different perspective, whilst enjoying onboard freshly ground coffee and other refreshments.

Seating can be found in our heated viewing gallery or step onto our open air aft deck to enjoy the fresh air and uninterrupted views.

There are toilet facilities onboard.

Please note that sailings will only go ahead with a minimum of 6 people and can't run in high winds, we will contact you if the sailing won't go ahead.

For access requirements please call 01434 251000 . To book your tickets please visit the link below pushchairs, wheelchairs and dogs are also welcomed and can be booked in addition to your tickets


Approx 0.22 mile(s) between Kielder Waterside and The Osprey Ferry
Osprey Ferry
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Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out what you can do and where. 

Approx 2.54 mile(s) between The Osprey Ferry and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
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Kielder Observatory - Charles Barclay Architects

Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit for all event bookings.

Approx 6.82 mile(s) between Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Kielder Observatory - Charles Barclay Architects
Milky Way
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Lakeside Way

Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.

Approx 1.41 mile(s) between Kielder Observatory - Charles Barclay Architects and Lakeside Way
Kielder Water
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Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre

Open daily except for Christmas Day.  April to October 10.30am-4.00pm. November to March 11.00am-3.00pm.  For more information please go to

Approx 4.15 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
Owl at Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
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Kielder Salmon Centre

We are making improvements to the Kielder Salmon Centre and need to reduce our opening times to ensure we keep you safe while this work is being completed.

This work is programmed to be completed on August 12th 2022.

Our New opening times are as follows

Monday-Friday                12pm to 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday      10am-4pm

A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, and an outdoor artwork.

Approx 4.1 mile(s) between Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre and Kielder Salmon Centre