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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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A must see

Take the challenge and conquer the steps. If you are more energetic, walk to the summit of Holyhead... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Dennis W
Stafford, United Kingdom
Great for bird watching and a nice cup of tea

Good walking from the bottom carpark; we really enjoyed going up the 'viewing tower' as it's all... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Solihull, United Kingdom
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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 August 10, 2016

Take the challenge and conquer the steps. If you are more energetic, walk to the summit of Holyhead mountain to really appreciate the views.

Thank Dennis W
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Good walking from the bottom carpark; we really enjoyed going up the 'viewing tower' as it's all set up with binoculars, TV screen with live webcam of puffins nesting and there were volunteers to help with explanations etc. Then another short walk to the café...More

1  Thank UKC49
Reviewed August 10, 2016

I can recommend this for any birders in the area, especially during the breeding season. The cliffs beside Ellen's Tower are teeming with seabirds in the early summer. The RSPB volunteers in the tower are friendly and helpful. Binoculars and telescopes are available and there's...More

1  Thank Brian H
Reviewed August 7, 2016

This was our second visit, in high season, but it was not crowded and the cafe was up to its usual standard - delicious coffee and home-made cakes. It is a short walk down to the lighthouse and the views are spectacular.

Thank Hutchy68_10
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Enjoyed a recent visit, stunning views of South Stack lighthouse. Excellent visitor centre with good selection of gifts - RSPB calendars, mugs, books etc. I bought a notepad to remind me of my visit! Lovely café with tempting assortment of cakes. Plenty of indoor seating...More

Thank janus274
Reviewed August 3, 2016

The bird life was brilliant. The staff, most of whom are volunteers, were very helpful and happy to answer any question and explain what was going on. I have no hesitation in recommending a visit to South Stack, but if its the birds you want...More

1  Thank Litoria2015
Reviewed August 2, 2016

We have visited this weekend (again ;) ) This place is fantastic, really awe inspiring views. Lighthouse is interesting as well !

Thank Marcin S
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the amount of information given to us during our visit which we made with some family members. A must in view of the variety of wildlife in and around the area.

Thank tulip154
Reviewed August 1, 2016

We visited in early August and the heather, lyng and gorse made the coastal area near the RSPB tower very photogenic. We saw a stonechat, choughs and various gulls. Most of the famous birds had gone by then. Be warned - the road in can...More

Thank Carol I
Reviewed August 1, 2016

Good advice from the staff in the visitor centre and obervatory complemented the glorious weather we enjoyed while we were here. It is really great to be able to experience Nature as highlighted by programmes like Springwatch & Countryfile. Different levels of walks are signposted-some...More

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September 4, 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.
January 30, 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
January 30, 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