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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

#2 of 33 things to do in Holyhead Features Animals
Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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Gorgeous place

Such a lovely place, free to park with picnic benches outside and a lovely cafe. The views are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Lighthouse visit

We couldn't get to see the lighthouse as the bridge was closed due to the high winds but there was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wendy H
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In a spectacular location, overlooking the Irish Sea RSPB South Stack Cliffs is a heathland paradise just waiting to be explored. Wind your way along the dramatic trails and take in the expansive views across Anglesey to Snowdonia and across the Irish Sea to the Llyn peninsula. There are great views of the iconic South Stack Lighthouse from Ellin's Tower. The heathland and sea cliffs are home to all sorts of wildlife. In spring and summer, marvel at the spectacular wildflower carpet covering the clifftops and seek out the rare spathulate fleawort, which grows nowhere else on earth! Carefully and quietly explore the edges of the heather and you might see lizards or even an adder. Visit Ellin's Tower for great views of the seabird city in spring and its puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Try to spot porpoise, dolphins and seals out to sea. Then you can browse in our shop, relax in the visitor centre and enjoy fresh food in our café. We welcome dogs on the reserve. They are allowed in Ellin's Tower, the shop and the entrance to the Visitor Centre but not in the café. Between July and November our flock of hebridean sheep will be grazing on Holyhead Mountain, please ensure dogs are kept under control around livestock. The Visitor Centre is open all year round except Christmas Day 10am - 5pm. Ellin's Tower is open from Easter to the end of September.
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Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Such a lovely place, free to park with picnic benches outside and a lovely cafe. The views are amazing!! There's a children swing area and lovely little carved sheep to sit on

Thank Jhic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We couldn't get to see the lighthouse as the bridge was closed due to the high winds but there was a tower with binoculars you could view from inside.

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Has a good visitor centre with a nice cafe. RSPB wardens really helpful - worth checking with them what's around before walking the cliffs. We looked for but failed to see choughs on our walk but one came to the centre feeder so we got...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's free to park, get in and look around. We went on a stunning day and although there's not much nature to see, the views are great. Prepare for a text from your phone provider saying "welcome to Ireland"!. There's a wonderful little shop and...More

Thank alohaitsleanne
Reviewed 3 days ago

We added this on to a visit to Southstack lighthouse by parking here. This meant we got a longer walk & to see more of the views, flora & wildlife. It was incredibly beautiful, benefiting from good weather, and the informative points along the path....More

Thank annettesjl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here whilst on holidays in Anglessey & we must say this is the most beautiful part of the island. The car parks are free, but do get very busy during peak times & the last few miles of road are narrow, but it's...More

Thank Taztrip2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off here for breakfast & had a little walk around the paths to cliff, nice scenic area. very popular with bird watchers & mountain climbers.

Thank Seamus C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited South Stack several times, this time we could actually see everything as there was no fog! It is stunning, and the combined sight and smell of the heather and gorse was lovely. Lots of super close-up views of choughs. The walk down to...More

Thank Karen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with our four children and dog. Had a lovely walk and enjoyed the dramatic scenery. The views are truly stunning. I walked down to the lighthouse with my four kids whilst hubby walked the dog as no dogs are allowed on the island...More

Thank teamwilliamson6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful views and circular walk nearby . Had a beautiful fly cemetery cake . Visited the shop and of course we bought a fridge magnet but I will always remember the exhilarating walk and views from here.

Thank Julie R
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5 September 2016|
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Response from Harley C | Reviewed this property |
From the visitor centre which is semi accessible (bit of a squeeze inside) there is a road, not to steep which can followed to look at the cliff line.
31 January 2015|
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Response from filligirl | Reviewed this property |
yes to dogs, but depends on how well behaved really. I would be concerned about the cliff edges and also about the adders that are around in the undergrowth. Seen a few and have known them to bite dogs though not heard of... More
31 January 2015|
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Response from Rebecca C |
Hi there, dogs are allowed across the reserve, they are allowed inside Ellin's Tower and the shop but not into the cafe (there are lots of tables outside). If you are heading out onto Holyhead mountain please be aware that... More