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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Address: Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
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+44 1407 762100
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In a spectacular location, overlooking the Irish Sea RSPB South Stack...

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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Flowers and Guillemots

Great views lots of spring flowers especially the Scilla called Spring Squill. There is a viewing tower for bird watching with helpful guides. Walk on the coastal path and go up... read more

Reviewed May 21, 2016
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

Great views lots of spring flowers especially the Scilla called Spring Squill. There is a viewing tower for bird watching with helpful guides. Walk on the coastal path and go up Holyhead mountain. It has great views.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2016

Not a bird watcher myself but the rugged clifftop scenery is well worth the visit. There is a huge and varied population of birds there and a well laid out RSPB centre with cafe. An excellent venue just for a long walk.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

Visited this RSPB reserve with a small group. The staff, particularly, one lady volunteer were most helpful and went out of their way to show us particular birds. We did see two puffins, as well as Shearwater and one of our party saw a porpoise briefly. We also saw Rock Pippit as well as a number of linnets in the... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

Wonderful place to visit, especially on a warm sunny day, with plenty of coastal path walks and stunning views. Visitor centre has a cafe with plentiful seating and well-stocked gift shop.

Thank Marilyn S
Bacup, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We visited with the children aged 8,6&4. The RSPB guide in the visitor centre was very informative and friendly. We saw fulmar, razorbills and guillemot as well as choughs. Absolutely fantastic visit. . . My only disappointment was that I didn't get to see any puffins. ... but not to worry, that just means I get to go again!

Thank SesGee
Stafford, England
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Reviewed May 17, 2016

A very popular location for bird watchers - the cliff edge is quite scary, but ideal for spotting a variety of sea birds. We visited on a beautiful sunny but windy day. The RSPB shop within the nearby cafe sells a good selection of cards, books, etc.

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Darwen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 16, 2016

Firstly the weather was absolutely stunning – cold but not too strong wind (unusual) with cloudless sky. We had the pleasure of seeing many Guillemot with some Razorbill AND at last the gorgeous little Puffin… which stood out with their orange legs and feet glowing from underwater. You needed patience, a head for heights and good binoculars to spot them... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

Was looking for something to do so had a drive down here. Really lovely and we were lucky enough for the clouds to disappear so we could see a lovely sunset

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Hebden Bridge
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Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

A great area to visit - loads of footpaths and great views. Free parking. Tickets for lighthouse visits available from RSPB office

Thank RP-HebdenBridge
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed May 8, 2016

This is a fantastic birdwatching site because of the nesting seabirds but the cliffs alone make it a magnificent site. With the help of expert birder Ken and his telescope (Naturebites.co.uk), we were able to see Puffins, Choughs, Guillemots, Razorbills, Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls among others, as well as some headland birds such as Linnet and Meadow Wagtail.... More 

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