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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Holyhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

I have been to several RSPB sites but this one was quite amazing, watching birds at the cliff and the sea view from the top of the cliff was amazing. This must be the number one place to visit in Holyhead. Highly recommended

Visited March 2013
1 Thank cameramaniac
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“good day out”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

had a good day at the South Stack..nice walks along cliff...nice freindly staff at visitors centre and cafe..cafe not to pricey!!!

Visited February 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

staff there to tell you about the various birds that frequent the coastline. great cafe and visitor shop too.

Visited September 2012
Thank corinne1347
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A grand two hours”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

You do wonder where you are heading as you pass Treaddur on the way to South Stack, but persist, as it's a great place to visit. Too windy to spend too much time outside when we were there, but there were spectacular views, and Ellin's Tower was interesting to visit. The staff are delightful. Not a full day out, but a couple of hours' worth of free entertainment.....and the soup in the cafe is delicious, as are the cakes. What could be better!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Gill H
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“What a fantastic view!”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

A little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. Blustery but clear day so fantastic views from spectacular cliffs.
Plenty of steps involved to get the best views so be prepared, but there's still good view from the car park & RSPB building (good all day breakfasts served!).

Visited October 2012
1 Thank PaulHarness
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