Kielder and The National Park

Kielder and the National Park

Kielder and the National Park brings together Kielder Water, Kielder Observatory and the Northumberland National Park – it’s nature on a grand scale!  The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider. We’re home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England. The best way to explore Kielder is to start at one of our three visitor centres, Tower Knowe, Leaplish or Kielder Castle. So what are you waiting for? Follow these directions to get here and get ready for the greater outdoors made just for you.

If you just want to explore more about Kielder Water and Forest, click to visit the Visitkielder website, which is very informative and inspiring.

Art at Kielder

The spectacular landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture.  A celebration of art and architecture in Northumberland has seen the unveiling of 11 new installations at Kielder. The launch of London-based Fiona Curran’s “The grass seemed darker than ever” – an artistic response to the history of Kielder Castle also saw the introduction of ten temporary installations created by Fine Art students at Newcastle University.

Located only 600m from Kielder Castle, ‘The grass seemed darker than ever’ features more than 350 individually painted fence palings encircling a section of the forest floor, now painted black.  The piece is inspired by the history of enclosure of the English landscape, reflecting, in particular, the Black Act of the 18th Century.  This Act enabled the death sentence to be passed on people suspected of poaching on the newly-enclosed land, or those found in the forest with blackened faces.  Click here to download more on ‘The grass seemed darker than ever’.

Many people visit the Park for this open-air art experience, located at several different sites around the lake and within the forest.  Most pieces are fully accessible to visitors and along the Lakeside Way there is the opportunity to explore some of the contemporary work, including the futuristic Belvedere shelter, the three large rotating Janus Chairs and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the ‘giant forest head’!

Purchase a copy of the Trails Guide from any visitor centre or download it to find out how to get to each art piece and make the most of your experience.   Check out the Kielder Art & Architecture website for more information.  Also check out the events listing to find out what’s coming next.

Not sure where to start?

We know all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!

Telephone: 01665 710 700 or click here to email us your enquiry.

Cottages nearby


The Barns at Otterburn

Sleeps: 5 2 Dogs
National Park

Wood Cottage near Rothbury

Sleeps: 6 1 Dog
Other cottages in the National Park