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Symonds Yat

Explore Symonds Yat Rock
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

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.

Fantastic forest trails

From Symonds Yat Rock there are waymarked trails linking to the Forest Holidays campsite, to the River Wye and a choice of circular walks into the forest itself.

Wonderful wildlife

Look out at the nearby cliffs to spot the nesting area of the Peregrine Falcons. You can enjoy watching the birds while they hunt and raise their young from April to August each year.

Ancient hill fort

The cliff top at Symonds Yat Rock provided a good vantage point for its Iron age inhabitants, who built a fort here 2,500 years ago. The site is now a scheduled ancient monument. Ongoing tree and vegetation management is designed to minimise damage to the old hillfort defences.

Log cabin cafe

Refreshments are provided by the 1950s built log cabin cafe, with a range of wholesome food including freshly made cakes, sandwiches and simple meals. Please note there is no inside seating area. Contact 01594 834479 for more details. Cash only please.

Cafe opening times:

September - October Week Days 10am-4pm.  Weekends  10am-4pm

November - Week Days 10.30am-2.30pm.  Weekends 10am-4pm

December open 27th – 29th only  10am-3.30pm

January New Years Day and Weekends 10am-3.30pm

February – Feb half term.  Weekends 10am-4pm

Feb half term - March.  Week Days 10am-4pm

April. Week Days 10am-4pm Weekends 10am-4.30pm

Easter weekend. 10am-5pm

May.  Week Days 10am-4pm.  Weekends 10am-5.30pm

June -August.  Week Days 10am-5pm.  Weekends 10am-5.30pm

All times are weather permitting.

Parking charges

Pay and Display parking operates at Symonds Yat Rock, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.

Cards and notes are not accepted in the pay and display machines.  Coins only please.  No change given.

Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £2
2-4 hours       £3
All Day           £4

Coaches (vehicles with over 20 seats)      Minibus
Peak £10, Off Peak £8                              Peak £8, Off Peak £6 

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year - that's just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits! 



What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walks and (mostly) good views. The heat coming from the rock underfoot in August is amazing. Side trail behind tea from has a good view westwards towards the village of Symonds Yet, but the river is partially obscured by growth of hazel and similar. Shame.

Terry Buckland, 29/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Really spectacular views of the area and the cliff face.Sightings of the birds of prey are not to be missed

Cliff Powell , 6/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Loved visiting here saw peregrines beautiful sight will be back again

Anonymous, 3/May/2017
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Last updated: 17th October 2017

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What's Here?

  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • open for most of the year, apart from December and January.
  • Horse riding
  • The stoned road network is suitable for riding.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The Iron age hill fort is a scheduled ancient monument
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables by the cafe and in the main car park
  • Walking
  • Waymarked trails start at Symonds Yat Rock.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO564160

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily.
Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
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