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“Amazing park”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kilbroney Park

Kilbroney Park
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Beautiful park with 100 different trees from all over the world. Will be a great place for a nice stroll after which you can visit a pub in Rostrevor.

Visited May 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A lot of site for a little money.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

We take our caravan to Kilbroney 3 or 4 times a year so its hard for me to say theres much wrong with it but then i know what to avoid. Booking early and site knowledge is all important and I like to be in the main "top" area.

Main drawback is the pitches. Quite a few are difficult to access without a motor mover or if reversing isn't your forte. I'v seen tensions rise as campers struggle to access a pitch.
Then once your on, some take a lot of levelling. Extra wooden blocks or similar needed to achieve this.
Then some pitches not awning friendly unless you want steel safety bollards in you awning, which really hurt when you forget about them and walk into one :-). As the site is on a slope alot of the ground falls away from your pitch which makes it awkward to put up a tight awning with no puddles in the roof (if your fussy that is)
If your in a tent the ground can get very soggy if theres a heavy downpour which lets face it is very likely to happen. This also means the ground gets churned up at the entrance to a pitch leaving ruts to fill with water that your bound to walk .(Often wondered why sites don't roll these out midweek. A simple thing that would really improve the overall look)
As the ground is so soft people try to site the caravan so awning is fully on the hard pitch. Again tyre tracks and puddles.
The ground stays wet quite long as the grass is often in need of a cut so when the more inconsiderate campers decide to drive the car across it its gonna churn up again But then a mountain side pitch on a slope is always gonna be soggy in bad weather.
There is a lower level for caravans were the access and awning problems are fine and the grass seems to get cut more but its a bit cramped for me.
So thats my gripes but knowing which pitch you like and prebooking does help to reduce them. You should also remember its a council site and £17.50 per night. The top sites charge much more. Can't help feel a little money spent would make this site almost perfect.
The "Pro's" - In my experience the staff are very friendly and helpful ,although i'v never had to complain so can't say how they treat you that way, but in general theyre dead on. Toilet block clean and modern so no complaints. The walks and scenery speak for themselves and if you have kids the play park is excellent. Tennis courts. horse carriage rides and often a climbing wall all help keep the kids out of your hair.
Its a short walk to Rostrevor where the shops have all you need, or if you don't fancy cooking theres a cafe on site for a fry in the morning or an easy lunch. If you want a treat walk into town for a meal and a pint in the Kilbroney arms.
For me the Pro's by far outweigh the con's with the pitches so I would highly recommend a visit but a little site knowledge goes a long way if your fussy.

Visited May 2013
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Settle, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

A crowded Bank Holiday with glorious weather, and a park to match ! Beautiful woodland, delightful stream valley, and new mountain bike trails as well - well worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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Thank Alanyeti
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Moira, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mountain bike and hill climb heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

The park is very scenic and there are waterfalls and treks galour. If you like your thrills, the new mountain bike course is right up there. I spoke with European and American visitors as well as local cyclists - all rated the course.
The park blankets a steep hill, it is a tough run but well worth the effort...

Visited May 2013
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Thank Hereb4
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Kilbroney Forest Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Excellent campsite in Rostrevor overlooking Carlingford Lough, great for families and everyone else in between. Great walking facilities and a great playpark for the wee ones. Definately be back.

Visited April 2013
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