Forest recreation charges

These are charges for using additional facilities within certain forests. Charges apply to vehicles, visitors and to some activities and organised events. Details of concessions for charities and community groups are also included, as well as prices for caravanning and camping.

2016 daily forest charges

Charges should be paid on entry to forests. Chip and pin payment facilities are available at some forest parks and main forest offices.

Forest Car Minibus Coach Motorcycle
Tollymore £5.00 £13.00 £33.50 £2.50
Castlewellan £5.00 £13.00 £33.50 £2.50
Glenariff £5.00 £13.00 £33.50 £2.50
Gosford £5.00 £13.00 £33.50 £2.50
Drum Manon £4.00 £11.00 £33.50 £2.50
Gortin Glen £4.00 £11.00 £33.50 £2.50
Portglenone £4.00 £11.00 £33.50 £2.50
Florencecourt * * * *

* Contact the National Trust for charges at Florencecourt Forest.

Pedestrian charges

In general, pedestrians will not be charged for access to forests, unless there are compelling reasons to do so.

If charges apply, it will be £1.00 to £2.00 for adults and £0.50 for children.

Other charges

Charges for particular activities in forests, including annual permits for cars, minibuses and 'Touring in the Trees'.

Permit / activity Full rate Concession fro over 60s
Car permit (annual) £50.00 £25.00 
Minibus permit (annual) £90.00 £45.00
Motorcycle permit (annual) £24.00 £12.00
Duplicate permit


Wedding photographs £55.00 -
Horse (day)


Horse (year) £90.00 -
Horse (club)** £205.00 -
Touring in the Trees (annual) £170.00 -
Organised events

The fee is normally set to recover the cost of the service provided. Contact your local forest office to discuss requirements.


** For events booked at the one time, a £205 fee will apply per forest charge regardless of the number of forest areas used.

Concessions for charities and community groups

Number of visits Charge
One to two visits*** Nil
More than two visits 50% of the normal charge

*** Where the cost to the Forest Service is less than £50.00 per occasion and the activity is consistent with the management of the forest.

Caravan and camping charges

High season (Good Friday until 30 September)

Forest Individual units per pitch per night Caravan club events per pitch per night
Tollymore £17.30 £15.80
Castlewellan £17.30 £15.80
Gosford £17.30  £15.80
Drum Manor £14.20  £12.60

Low season (1 October until the Thursday before Easter)

Forest Individual units
per pitch per night
Caravan club events
per pitch per night
Tollymore £12.10  £10.50
Castlewellan  £12.10  £10.50
Gosford £12.10  £10.50
Drum Manor £11.00 £9.45

Electricity points are available for £1.60 for each 24 hour period, or part thereof.

Basic camping sites for organised youth groups

The following charges apply for groups using youth sites.

Number of people Rate
One to 16 people £3.00 per person
17 people or more £2.50 per person

A non-refundable deposit of £20.00 is required per group booking.

Room hire

Location Half day Full day
Belvoir £50.00 £100.00
Other locations Contact the local Forest Office Contact the local Forest Office

Permits for vehicles and activities

You can download forms to apply for permits for vehicles and activities in forests on the following page:

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