Day Trip Must Sees

Day Trip Must Sees


There’s so much to pack into your trip it is impossible to see all of the Park in a day but here are your top must sees – the attractions that are too good to miss. Pick and choose whichever fit your timings best! Don’t forget to check opening times for the attractions below before you set off.

Kielder Observatory
Throughout the year there are events on at the Observatory – check for details. When there are no events on, visitors are still welcome to visit the Observatory and walk around the decking but the interior facilities will be closed.

Osprey Ferry
The ideal way to see Kielder Water in style. Always check the ferry timetable before setting out. You can board the ferry at Kielder Waterside or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.

Lakeside Way
Choose a section to walk, run cycle or ride. See our downloadable Trails Guide for available routes.

Kielder Castle
Kids especially will love the Minotaur maze.

Kielder Waterside
Great for a spot of lunch at the Boat Inn restaurant and bar. There’s also a heated pool.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
An interactive new exhibition about the history of Kielder Water and everything there is to do in the Park now.

Red squirrel hide
You’re almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel – one of the last remaining strongholds in England.

Places and distances

(click attraction name for more details)
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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.

Milky Way
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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 4.46 mile(s) between Kielder Observatory - Charles Barclay Architects and The Osprey Ferry
Osprey Ferry
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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 3.68 mile(s) between The Osprey Ferry and Lakeside Way
Kielder Water
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Kielder Castle Visitor Centre



Kielder Castle is also closed until further notice. Take-away food open from 1st April

Approx 0.03 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
Picnic bench
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Kielder Waterside

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

Approx 3.93 mile(s) between Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and Kielder Waterside
Leaplish 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 2.43 mile(s) between Kielder Waterside and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre