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Tollymore Forest Park has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle. It's open to the public all year. Covering an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains,
For the student of garden follies, Tollymore is a rare treat. A barn dressed up to look like a church, stone cones atop gate piers and gothic-style gate arches all show the influence of that highly individualistic designer, Thomas Wright of Durham (1711-1786), who was a friend of Lord Clanbrassil, owner of Tollymore at that time.
A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Elsewhere in the park the tree lover can examine experimental forest plots - some of exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus - or admire the tall giant redwoods and Monterey pines. Oak wood from Tollymore was the preferred material for the interiors of the White Star liners including the 'Titanic' which was built in Belfast. Seek out the original tree of the slow-growing spruce, Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana' which originated nearby in about 1750 and is the oldest tree in any arboretum in Ireland. A magnificent avenue of Deodar cedars is a striking feature of the entrance to this romantic forest park in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains.
Do you have to pay into Tollymore Forest Park?
There is a charge for parking in Tollymore Forest Park For 2023/24 the following charges should be paid on entry as follows:
Car £5, Minibus £13, Coach £35 and Motorcycle £2.50.
How long does it take to walk around Tollymore Forest Park?
A walk around Tollymore can take roughly two and a half hours but do plan to stay longer.
What time does the Tollymore forest open today?
Tollymore Forest Park is open every day from 10am until sunset.
Walks and Trails in Tollymore Forest Park:
- Picnic Area
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- Accept coach parties
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
Admission charges are displayed at the entrance to the park.