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Lovely cafe

We enjoyed a generous pot of tea and a cake here whilst watching hundreds of birds on the feeding... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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A Return Vists

A return visit, the last time I was here was in 2016 and to be honest not much has changed apart... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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  • Terrible3%
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“lovely cafe”(7 reviews)
“worth a visit”(6 reviews)
“hunting lodge”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Kielder NE48 1ER, England
+44 1434 250209
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Kielder Castle's rooms have been given over to exhibitions explaining the area's Dark Sky status, with information, maps, stargazing tips etc. There are also rooms full of information about the area's wildlife, particularly red squirrels (the largest concentration of these little beauties anywhere!). Just walk...More

3  Thank JanGeorge
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We went here new years eve 2017 hoping to do the stick man trail on a family holiday m little girl was really looking forward to going here getting the stick man trail pack to do on the trail. You can only get the stick...More

5  Thank Jenny D
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Always visit this place when we come up to Kielder for stargazing. They kindly allow us to hold stargazing event talks in the rooms upstairs which are always interesting. Have a little wander through the museum area, it’s interesting and creatively set up. Perfect location...More

Thank Leanne J
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit,loads of lovely walks,long or short all sign pisted,bike hire and forest drive(small £3 charge) lovely tea room at kielder castle cakes are lovely and are all reasonably priced,parking charged apply bur it u are staying at kielder waterside u r given...More

Thank kaydan49
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a generous pot of tea and a cake here whilst watching hundreds of birds on the feeding table by the window. Friendly staff and a nicely decorated cafe, good clean loos and in a lovely building which was built as the hunting lodge...More

Thank johnandlizb
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

After visiting the Kielder Castle Visitor Centre I came away with a sense of unfulfilled potential. It was informative but it gave the impression of being done down to a budget instead of being done up to a standard

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Reviewed 3 September 2018

A return visit, the last time I was here was in 2016 and to be honest not much has changed apart from the Dark Skies Display. Its free to get in but donations are appreciated, ground floor rooms only accessible and something of interest in...More

Thank Steve_Ellwood_13
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Stayed at clear sky lodges just opposite the site so had a visit. The parking is up the hill by the bike hire shop. The castle is only a building with a tourist info centre which is not large and a tearoom. Bit disappointed overall....More

Thank bill101bt
Reviewed 17 August 2018

There's a couple of rooms that have been turned into a free exhibition and an adjourning cafe, but it just felt a bit underwhelming. Home baking was nice, coffee average. Came away none the wiser about the actual castle though. The maze down the hill...More

1  Thank Luke E
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We had a quick drink while the rain passed through at the cafe in the castle. Perfectly acceptable and a good range of homemade cakes on display. Information was helpful; we did a couple of brief walks and enjoyed it. However, if you want to...More

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 4 August 2018

We did not expect to see a castle in Kielder but there is and it has history. The visitor information centre is there and the lady we spoke to was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Ang S
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We loved it, we did the Gruffolo trail and even though our children were a little too old for it they still enjoyed it. The Tea Rooms are nice and you can have a picnic here too. The information centre is small but adequate. The...More

Thank Fiona O
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Response from mrba2015 | Reviewed this property |
Access to the castle and cafe is fine for wheelchairs. All of the exhibits have now been moved downstairs so it's all on one level.
Margaret G
21 September 2017|
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Response from boydy73 | Reviewed this property |
No as it is not NationalTrust. You pay one charge and that allows you to park in all car parks around Kielder.