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.

2018 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 Manor £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

NB. Florence Court Forest Park falls under the charging policy of the National Trust.

Pedestrian charges

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

If charges apply, it will be £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child.

Other charges

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

These permits run by calendar year (1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018).

Permit / activity Full rate  Concession for age 60 years and over
Car permit (annual) £50.00 £25.00 
Minibus permit (annual) £90.00 £45.00
Motorcycle permit (annual) £24.00 £12.00
Duplicate permit to replace a lost or damaged permit £10  
Wedding photographs £55.00 -
Horse (day)


Horse (annual) £90.00 -
Touring in the Trees (annual) £180.00 There is no concession for Touring in the Trees
Organised events

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

Forest Service


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

Group visits using the discounted price must be pre-booked at least 24 hours before arrival or pay in full when you arrive at the forest.

Caravanning and camping charges

Low season  

Low season charges for Tollymore Forest Park apply from 1 October 2018 until 31 December 2018. Castlewellan and Gosford will be closed for the winter from 1 November 2018.

Forest Individual units per pitch per night with electricity Individual units per pitch per night without electricity Caravan club events per pitch per night with electricity Caravan club events per pitch per night without electricity
Tollymore £18.00 £16.00 £16.50 N/A
Castlewellan £18.00 £16.00




£18.00 £16.00 £16.50 N/A
Drum Manor Site closed until 15 March 2019 N/A N/A N/A
Glenariff Site closed until 15 March 2019 N/A N/A N/A

On main stay camping sites, where more than four adults share one tent, a further charge of £3.00 per person will apply.

There are no facilities for tents at the Glenariff Forest Park caravan site.

Bookings for caravan and camping sites must be arranged and paid for beforehand by contacting the relevant forest office below:

Basic camping sites for organised youth groups

The following charges apply for groups using youth sites: £3.00 per person.

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

Find out more about camping and caravanning in forests in Northern Ireland.

Permits for vehicles and activities

You can download forms to apply for permits and activities:

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