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“well worth the walk”

South Stack Lighthouse
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Isle of Anglesey Private Day Trip from Bangor
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Holyhead
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: South Stack Lighthouse and Visitor Centre, operated under licence from Trinity House. Tickets available on the island or from the RSPB cafe. Summer opening times: Mon 1300-1600hrs, Tue to Sun 1000-1600hrs weather permitting. Winter opening times: Open Tue to Sun 1000-1500hrs weather permitting.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The walk down to the lighthouse is quite something, jelly legs big style. Well worth it when you get to the lighthouse and go to the top. Take some tissues, you will be sweating! The keeper will tell you a bit about how it works etc. This is a must see, the views are amazing. Take my advice and walk back up the steps slowly. If its a windy day you will get some help!

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Lots of steps to walk to and from the lighthouse from the car park and visitor centre but well worth the time! The tour guide was brilliant and he told us all about the lighthouse and the area. The views from the lighthouse are amazing and the location is just stunning. Nice cafe and visitors centre too back at the car park. Overall, a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Located near to Holyhead, and really well signposted from the town - very easy to get to by car.

1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The last time I visited South Stack and made my way down the 400+ steps to the bridge across to the lighthouse was 1992, and at that time it was not possible to cross to the island and see the lighthouse up close. However, as a 12 year old kid, I always wanted to go across and explore what was over there.

Fast forward to 2013 and I had paid my £4.90 [not exactly a King's ransom] and was making my descent to the bottom of the cliff and the open gates on that bridge. The sun was shining, the sea was calm, and the experience was an enjoyable one.

The staff at the lighthouse were friendly and knowledgeable, happy to discuss the various aspects of the history and operation. To get to the top of the lighthouse, you have to go up as part of a group, as obviously the access steps are narrow and once you get to the top space is pretty restricted. I waited around 10 minutes to go up with 4 other people, which is hardly a great inconvenience.

102 steps later we were at the top. The views from the top of the lighthouse are fantastic. The day I went up visibility was around 10 miles due to haze, but on a clear day the views must be even better.

As an engineer I was interested in the control aspects on the light itself and the tour guide could answer most of my questions. There was no feeling of being rushed to leave.

The ascent back up the 400+ steps was even more tiring than I could remember, but was a good opportunity to get the heart beating, the legs pumping and a bit more of that sea air into my lungs.

Things to consider before going to the lighthouse would be the number of steps involved, the fact that you have to be 1.1 meters [3'8"] tall minimum to go to the top and the lack of toilet facilities on the lighthouse island [you can use the ones at the RSPB centre first though].

All things considered, a great experience for less than a fiver.

2  Thank MrMikeBil
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Amazing views but not for the faint hearted when it comes to heights! When we got to the lighthouse two of us couldn't make the steps up to the top of the lighthouse because of our fear of heights but that didn't spoil it, it was interesting and a great place to visit!

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We went to the South Stack as part of a brief stop over in Holyhead before catching a rail connection the next morning. Knowing there probably wasn't a great deal to do in the area during the time we had, we thought that a visit to South Stack would be enjoyable. Words cannot describe the majesty and wonder of this place. Whether you physically go to the lighthouse or not (we could not; after hours), it is worth it just admiring this great wonder as it sits on a tiny island just off of Anglesey. Absolutely breathtaking! If it isn't on a "bucket list" for visitors to the UK, and especially Wales, it definitely should be. Nothing quite compares to this, as it sits in a secluded natural setting, accessed only by 400 winding stone steps all the way down a rocky cliff. For those ill at ease with heights or those who have physical limitations, you can still enjoy the view from the top end of the trail leading there. It's an amazing wonder. Go, go, go! One cavaet: After hours, there is no toilet facility available, so be prepared.

1  Thank elogan58
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