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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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Wild & Windy

Had a nice wander along the cliff edge with good views, although the October weather meant that we... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
via mobile
Not bad.

Was quite a cold, blustery day when we went, and next to no wildlife to be seen. All the cliffs... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
via mobile
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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 9 October 2017 via mobile

Had a nice wander along the cliff edge with good views, although the October weather meant that we didn't linger long.

Thank JayZee48
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Was quite a cold, blustery day when we went, and next to no wildlife to be seen. All the cliffs appeared to be devoid of any birdie. However the gent from the RSPB was helpful and informative. Ellens Tower was a welcoming retreat from the...More

Thank Karanszia
Reviewed 7 October 2017

On holiday in North Wales and the wife wanted to see the South Stack Lighthouse. Stopped at the RSPB car park. Went into the RSPB building, staff very nice and made to feel very welcome. We are not bird people and the staff were happy...More

Thank RupertBear77
Reviewed 5 October 2017

A nice area to visit along this rugged coastline. Stopping off at the free car park, there are several sights / sites to see and are short distances to walk to. Information is held within and around the visitor's centre, where there's also a cafe....More

1  Thank Scott D
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

It's a lovely walk along the cliffs. The wind was crazy but then it is October. A very desolate place but amazing views.

1  Thank lotsoflove5
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit for fresh air and great views despite the fog. Great day out and a lovely cafe at the end of the day.

Thank PNG1970
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Brilliant place, great cafe, lovely team and lots of Choughs to be seen! I've been before and had the pleasure of seeing puffins galore too! One of my favourite RSPB's

Thank vdubwalshy
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Having parked up on the car park, we took the cliff path to the RSPB Coffee shop. Lots of different flora and fauna along the path. Fantastic views down to the raging sea below. Tried the Café for lunch but it was cleaning down from...More

Thank john m
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here and South Stack Lighthouse. Informative and a great spot to watch the wildlife. Lovely cafe too and tasty food.

Thank JessandNeil
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Visited on a very blustery day, storm Aileen was building! Stunning location, felt really wild. Saw a few birds braving the element, choughs,gannets,and various gulls.Volunteers in Ellins Tower were really helpful,several paths going in different directions to give good views of the cliffs.

Thank sandgaz
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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