Symonds Yat Rock

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Symonds Yat Rock
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  The site opens at 8.00 every day and the closing times are as follows:

November-February   17.00
March                         18.30
April                            20.00
May - August              21.00
Sept                            19.30
Oct                              18.30

How to find us

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
By Car
By Public Transport
OS Grid Ref
SO564160

51.837997, -2.6324369

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

Main car park with toilets and pay and display machine. Coins only, no change given.

Parking Charges

Charges at peak times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00
Off peak charges (weekdays, term time only)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £3.00
All day £4.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches - peak: £10, off peak: £8

Minibuses: peak: £8, off peak: £6

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass

No height restrictions.

Pay by phone available
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

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

Contact Details

Explore Symonds Yat Rock

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 Forest Holidays campsite, 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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