Forest recreation charges
These are charges for using extra 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 camping and touring vehicles.
Camping and touring online booking
You can now check camping and touring costs online. You can also check availability or book online by the following links:
- Drum Manor Forest Park camping/ touring online booking
- Glenariff Forest Park touring online booking
- Tollymore Forest Park camping/ touring online booking
2023/24 daily forest charges
Charges should be paid on entry to the following forests.
Gosford Forest Park falls under the charging policy of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
Castlewellan Forest Park falls under the charging policy of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
In general, pedestrians will not be charged for access to forests, unless there are good reasons to do so.
If charges apply, it will be £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child.
Charges for particular activities in forests, including annual permits for cars, minibuses and 'Touring in the Trees'.
2023/24 permits for cars and motorcycles, and minibuses are valid until 31 March 2024.
|Permit / activity||Full rate||Concession rate|
|Car and motorcycle permit (annual) 2023/24||£40.00||£25.00|
|Minibus permit (annual) 2023/24||£120.00|
|Duplicate permit to replace a lost or damaged permit||£10.00|
|Touring in the Trees (annual)||£190.00||There is no concession for Touring in the Trees|
Minimum fee of £140 for licensed events.
|Filming||Commercial rates will apply. These will be agreed before filming takes place. Contact Forest Service to discuss.|
Permits for vehicles and activities
You can download forms to apply for Permits for vehicles and activities in forests.
Concessions for charities and community groups
|Number of visits||Charge|
|One to two visits*||Nil|
|More than two visits||50 per cent 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 paid in full when you arrive at the forest.
2023 camping and touring charges
Individual units per pitch per night with electricity
Individual units per pitch per night without electricity
2023 camping and touring opening dates
- Tollymore - 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023
- Drum Manor - 15 March 2023 to 05 November 2023
- Glenariff - 15 March 2023 to 05 November 2023
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.
Basic camping sites for organised youth groups
The following charges apply for groups using youth sites:
- £4.00 per person
- a non-refundable deposit of £20.00 is needed per group booking
To find out which sites offer camping facilities and who to contact, go to Camping and touring sites in forests and refer to the section titled: 'Youth camping sites'.
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