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Head to the wilds of Northumberland

Your next adventure awaits at Matfen Hall, just 15 minutes outside of Newcastle. Gather your friends and family and step outside your comfort zone with our stomach-churning Tarzan Swings and super-speedy zips. Our high ropes course will not disappoint with a range of obstacles designed to bamboozle the adventurous and inspire rookie risktakers. 

Matfen is one of Go Ape’s few locations to be built on deciduous trees, 30ft high in the tree tops. From the lush greens of summer to the fiery hues of autumn, the forest feels different every time you visit.

Tree Top Adventure

Set in the beautiful grounds of Matfen Hall, our North East high ropes adventure will push you to your limits. The course features everyone’s favourite crossings and obstacles, including those pesky stirrups and infamous Tarzan swings! So set your sights on our unforgettable heights and fly down zip wires while lapping up some of the finest scenery in Northumberland.

Take a look at what’s involved:


Baboon (10-15)


Gorilla (16+)


Tree Top Adventure Supervision Ratios 2018

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  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Bring a pair or buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • Parking is free, don't worry about bringing change


  • Explore the village of Matfen
  • Swing by Matfen Hall's on-site golf course
  • Enjoy the nearby spa after a day of adventure
  • Grab a bite to eat in one of the local pubs

Life at Matfen


Built in the grounds of a country house hotel, Go Ape at Matfen Hall is nestled within one of the UK's most unspoilt areas of natural beauty. Located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen.


View directions and opening times below
Matfen Map
How To Find Us

Go Ape Matfen
Matfen Hall Hotel
NE20 0RH


By Car
From Newcastle on the A69, turn off for Heddon-on-the-Wall and turn right again for the B6318 at the Three Tuns Pub, follow this for about 6 miles. After the Robin Hood Inn you will see signs for Matfen and Matfen Hall Country House Hotel, turn right and after 2 miles you’ll see signs for the Golf Driving Range and Go Ape! on your right.

From Carlisle/Hexham on the A69, turn left at Corbridge for the A68, heading North to Jedburgh. At the roundabout turn right (3rd exit) onto the B6318 and you will start to see signs for Matfen Hall Country House Hotel. After 4 miles turn left and after 2 miles you’ll see signs for the Golf Driving Range and Go Ape! on your right.

Many sat-navs and smartphones will take you to a farm - please check the location before setting off.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using sat-nav directions. Please always cross reference with a map.

By Bus
There is a bus service (the 74 and 75) running between Newcastle Eldon Square Stand H and Matfen village. This is about ½ mile from Go Ape.  The buses run every two hours or so during the day. Phone 0870 608 2 608 for up to date departure times.

LA Taxis are offering preferential rates for customers:

£18 from the airport
£25 from the city
£40 from Durham
£35 from the ferry terminal.

You will be taken directly to the Go Ape course.

Opening Times

Our forest doors at Maften are open nearly all year around so there's plenty of time to live life adventurously. 

However, we usually close after early December as not only does it get a little chilly we like to give our adventures a little TLC during this time.

To see when you can unleash your inner ape at your preferred Go Ape location please use our orange booking bar to view available booking dates. 

We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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