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 camping and touring vehicles.

Paper bank notes

All £5.00 and £10.00 paper notes were taken out of circulation on the 30 September 2019 because they were each replaced with polymer notes. For this reason, Forest Service is unable to accept paper notes after this date. 

Note that banks in Northern Ireland will still accept all Northern Ireland paper notes from their own customers, which can either be deposited into their account or exchanged for polymer notes.  

Camping and touring online booking

You can now check camping and touring costs online. You can also check availability or book online via the links below:

If you prefer, view a quick summary of the charges here:

2020 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 £35.00 £2.50
Castlewellan £5.00 £13.00 £35.00 £2.50
Glenariff £5.00 £13.00 £35.00 £2.50
Drum Manor £4.00 £11.00 £35.00 £2.50
Portglenone £4.00 £11.00 £35.00 £2.50

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

Gosford Forest Park falls under the charging policy of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Gortin Glen Forest Park falls under the charging policy of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

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 £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 2020 to 31 December 2020).

Permit / activity Full rate  Concession for age 60 years and over
Car permit (annual) £50.00 £25.00 
Minibus permit (annual) £110.00 £55.00
Motorcycle permit (annual) £24.00 £12.00
Duplicate permit to replace a lost or damaged permit £10.00  
Wedding photographs £60.00  
Horse (day)

£9.00 

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

Minimum fee of £140 for licensed events.
Further staff costs will be charged at £80 per half day.  Contact Forest Service to discuss.

 
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 and activities:

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.

Camping and touring charges

Note: Castlewellan, Drum Manor and Glenariff forests closed until Friday 13 March 2020.

Forest

Individual units per pitch per night with electricity

Individual units per pitch per night without electricity

Tollymore

£20.50

£18.00

Castlewellan

£20.50

£18.00

Drum Manor

£20.50

£18.00

Glenariff

£25.50

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.

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 £21.00 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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