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“Fab and Free”

South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Ranked #2 of 33 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
Trearddur Bay, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fab and Free”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Definitely worth a visit and its free. Views are fantastic. Also visit the lighthouse and the cafe. The lighthouse is accessible during the summer. Plenty of great walks too.

Visited June 2013
Thank clanawley
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great location, breathtaking coastal scenery”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Fantastic place to view a wide selection of seabirds. Small shop, cafe and information centre. Small car park. Well worth walking down to the Tower, great spot to view nesting birds through scopes provided.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank alan g
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A sunny day visit”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Stunning scenery and views.
You need to be fit to go down to the lighthouse and back up again, as there are 400 steps! (Places for a rest and a sit down on the way up though!)

Visited August 2013
2 Thank MrsJPitman
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Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“good half day trip with kids”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

had a great trip here this hot july- park at the top car park not the first one you come to (the first is on the left whilst the top one is at the end of the road you are on). There is a pleasant café and hill top walk (allegedly to some caves but we couldn't find them!) You can take your dog down the steps but not on to the island where the lighthouse may be found. The lighthouse tour is a good wheeze -nice views on a hot day. The climb up is bracing. If its warm you can then drive to the nearby beaches.

Visited July 2013
Thank notthatfussyWales
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Gorgeous views, friendly seagulls”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Ambled along the coastal path to the RSPB visitor centre. It was quite small but had numerous telescopes to look through. There were a few members of staff there looking through these but none approached us; so we left. Back along the coastal path where we settled for one of the most picturesque picnics we've had yet. Stunning scenery, very friendly gulls too.

Visited August 2013
Thank SassyMarie83
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