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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  The site opens at 8am every day and the closing times are as follows:

November to February - 5pm
March - 6.30pm
April - 8pm
May to August - 9pm
Sept - 7.30pm
Oct - 6.30pm 

Please see the Cafe Facebook page for current opening times.

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus

How to find us

How to find us

Follow tourist signs for the Forest of Dean. Take the B4432 from Coleford and Christchurch, heading North. The site is on the left before the steep downhill road to the river.

near Coleford, Gloucestershire, GLOUCESTER
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7NZ
OS Grid Ref
SO564160

51.83788064362, -2.6355895381287

Parking and prices

Did you know you can now use your phone to pay for car parking with PaySmarti?

  • Pay by phone - Call 01604 210 933 and follow instructions to pay
  • Pay online - Visit paysmarti.co.uk to register and pay
  • Already registered? Text 07537 404780
  • Location Codes - 3018 (car), 3029 (minibus), 3033 (coach)

 

Our onsite pay and display machine is located in the main car park and accepts coins only, no change given.

 

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £5.00
All day £7.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 30 March)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses/motorhomes - peak £10.00, off peak £8.00

Coaches/minibuses with trailers - peak £12.00, off peak £10.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

Visiting Symonds Yat Rock updated 4 August 2020 

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Most of our facilities are open but running a little differently.

Car parkOpen
TrailsOpen
ToiletsOpen with social distancing measures
Cafe Open - takeaway only

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10.00am) or in the evening (after 4.00pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

Disabled Parking - in the main car park, or a separate car park for blue badge holders only which is closer to the viewpoint and café but further from the toilets.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Cafe
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Admire the picturesque views of the River Wye and surrounding area from this internationally famous viewpoint

Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin cafe.

There are waymarked trails linking to the River Wye and a choice of circular walks into the forest itself.

RSPB volunteers are on hand from April to September to help you spot the Peregrine Falcons which nest nearby.

Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint is well known as one of the best places in the country to watch Peregrine Falcons. However, with a little patience, there are many other birds that you can seen here.

Goshawks can be viewed in detail, Sparrowhawks are frequent and breed in the trees in the valley as do Buzzards which can be seen from above whilst soaring. Ospreys also often stop here in the spring and autumn migration. Tawny Owls are sometimes seen roosting and hooting males are occasionally heard during the day. Barn Owls, Ravens and Kestrels also usually nest nearby.

RSPB volunteers are at the viewpoint daily from Easter until September and during Autumn and Winter there are usually bird enthusiasts on site to help point out the birds.

At a glance

  • 5 Walking trails
  • 1 Cycling trail
  • Stunning views
  • Picnic area
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
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