Crickley Hill: Plan Your Visit

Crickley Hill and Barrow Wake

Plan Your Visit

Find out everything you need about planning your visit to Crickley Hill.

Where is Crickley Hill?

Crickley Hill is located in Birdlip, in between Gloucester and Cheltenham, a short distance from the A417.

How do I get there?

Just a short distance from the Air Balloon roundabout, Crickley Hill is located just off the A417 and A436.

From Gloucester: take the A417 out of the city to the Air Balloon roundabout, take the first exit onto the A436 and take an immediate left onto Leckhampton Hill. The entrance to Crickley Hill is a short distance afterwards on the left.

From Cheltenham: head outwards on Leckhampton Road, eventually joining Leckhampton Hill. Follow the road towards Birdlip and before reaching the Air Balloon roundabout Crickley Hill can be accessed on the right hand side.

From Bristol: head north on the M5 and exit at junction 11A. Follow the A417 to the Air Balloon roundabout and take the first exit onto the A436. Take an immediate left onto Leckhampton Hill and the entrance to Crickley Hill is a short while afterwards on the left.

If using a sat-nav the postcode is GL4 8JY.


There is access for wheelchair users at Crickley Hill. Parking for Blue Badge holders is available on site. Disabled toilets are available.

Opening times

January - February

Open 6am till 6pm


Open 6am till 7pm

April - September

Open 6am till 9.30pm


Open 6am till 7pm

November – December

Open 6am till 6pm

Crickley Hill A417

Parking and parking charges

There is parking for 100 cars and there is also a coach park.

Parking charges apply 24 hours, 7 days a week. All visitors are required to pay to stay at Crickley Hill, including Blue Badge holders:

Up to 1 hour


1 to 3 hours


All day


Payment can be made by cash, card (including contactless) or by downloading the RingGo app. Please note that car parking charges apply to all visitors.

Regular visitors can still make savings by purchasing a parking permit.

One month


Three months


12 months


You can purchase a parking permit for Crickley Hill online here.

A parking charge of £100 will be issued to any unauthorised vehicle, or any vehicle that does not pay the parking charge.

Every time you pay to park you are helping to protect Crickley Hill, a special place for wildlife, history, and for you. It costs Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust £5000 each week to look after the site, to improve habitats for wildlife, to protect important archaeology and to maintain and improve visitor facilities.


We have dedicated parking spaces for coaches but you must book in advance visiting our online shop here and choosing Daily Coach Permit. After you have purchased your permit please email to notify us when you will be arriving.

Unfortunately we cannot provide the necessary turning or parking requirements if we are not given advance notice of your arrival.

Dog walking

Ben Hall/2020 Vision

Dogs at Crickley

Crickley Hill is a dog friendly site, however we ask visiting dog walkers to help us protect wildlife at the site by abiding by our dog walking guide.

March through to July is an important time for nature and so there are particular areas of the site where dogs must be kept on leads in order to prevent any wildlife disturbance.

A red paw print sign means you're in an area where wildlife is vulnerable to disturbance and dogs need to be kept on leads in these areas. Areas marked with a green paw print do not require dogs to be kept on leads, but they should be kept on footpaths and under close control to avoid disturbing wildlife and other visitors.

Dogs are not permitted inside the café, but are allowed in the external seating area. 

Dog walkers can enjoy food and drinks through external service points and seating. Special dog biscuits are available to purchase for our canine visitors.

Who to contact

If you have an enquiry related to Crickley Hill then call the office on 01452 863170 or email