Gosford Forest Park

Gosford Forest Park

Gosford Forest Park comprising of 240 hectres of diverse woodland and open parkland, was designated the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland in 1986.  The park features heritage poultry; rare breeds of cattle and sheep in open paddocks; a deer park and a walled garden. There are barbecue sites, way marked nature trails/treks and Arboretum. Stop for tea at the Dean Swift restaurant and kids will love the Mock Norman Castle.  There is also a caravan site.  Please note Gosford Forest Park has limited wheelchair accessibility. 


Accessible toilets
Accessible parking

Opening Hours

Open daily 10am until sunset



Car £4.50

Minibus £12.50

Coach £32.00

Motorcycle £2.30

(Payable on entrance to car park and covers admission to forest)

Walk Trails

Circular, 1.3 miles

Gosford Forest Park, Castle Path. A gentle stroll through the arboretum and mixed woodland..

Circular, 2.8 miles

Gosford Forest Park, Greer’s Trail. Delighful walk along the river and through mixed woodland.

Circular, 4.1 miles

Gosford Forest Park, Crunaght Trail. Parkland and mixed woodland walk.

Circular, 4.4 miles

Gosford Forest Park. Easy route through parkland and woodland.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 4 miles

Gosford Family Cycle Trail. Family Cycle trail around Gosford Forest.

Other Activities

Download an ecotrail pack at www.ecotrailsni.com

Visit www.niorienteering.org.uk/lvo/Maps/permanent-courses.php for details on the permanent orienteering course

Horse Riding
6.5km on forest path. Permit holders only; £9 daily permit and £90 annual permit. Facilities include a ar park with capacity for at least 20 trailers, there is plenty of room for turning. The trails are signed and the forest also has caravan and camping site, picnic and bbq area, walking trails, tea house and shop.


frances ellison 14 March, 2016 @ 16:53

hi if I buy a yearly pass can I lend it to my family

thank you

OutdoorNI 15 March, 2016 @ 09:35

Hi Frances,

Many thanks for getting in touch. Forest Service are responsible for the annual permits to forest parks, if you contact the ranger 028 3755 2169 they will be able to advise.

Courtney 15 March, 2016 @ 19:53

Hi I'd like to buy the £70 annual permit for horse riding, can I pay online? Thank you very much

OutdoorNI 21 March, 2016 @ 14:54

Hi Courtney,

Many thanks for your enquiry. Forest Service are responsible for issuing permits and there is no facility to purchase online, to apply for a horse riding permit please call 028 3755 1277. Please note that the charges have been updated and an annual permit is now £90.

Ilona 7 June, 2016 @ 20:00

Hi, are the dogs allowed at this forest? Thanks

OutdoorNI 8 June, 2016 @ 11:21

Hi Ilona,

Dogs are allowed in the forest park, please see advice from Forest Service (who manage the site) below:

It is your responsibility to make sure your dog is always under control in public. Some adults and children are frightened by dogs. They don't know how your dog behaves. If you bring your dog to a public forest, you must:

•keep your dog under control

•keep your dog on a lead in areas where dogs must be kept on leads

•put your dog on a lead if a member of Forest Service staff asks you

•clean up your dog's fouling

You must not:

•allow your dog to cause annoyance or alarm to others

•take your dog into or let it stay in an area where dogs are not allowed

Margaret 20 June, 2016 @ 22:17

Hi there; I wanted to bring caravan for about two weeks; but is it really 32.00 per night?

OutdoorNI 21 June, 2016 @ 08:56

Hi Margaret,

The cost of a caravan pitch per night is £17.30. Please see here for more info https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/forest-recreation-charges .

To book contact he forest ranger on Ranger on +442837 552169.

Gabor 22 June, 2016 @ 10:03


Is there a possibility to cook or heat food at the campsite? Thanks

OutdoorNI 22 June, 2016 @ 10:09

Hi Gabor,

The main stay site offers extensive facilities for caravanning and camping. There are modern toilets and showers, together with a fresh water supply, chemical toilet disposal point and electricity hook-up for caravans.

For more information on the campsite facilities and to book contact the forest ranger on Ranger on +442837 552169.



Gosford Forest Park
Co. Armagh
BT60 1UG

Signposted from Markethill.

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