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“Stunning location with great walks” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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
Sale, UK
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“Stunning location with great walks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited on a sunny August morning, a couple of car parks, the smaller first car park gives you the chance to walk across the cliff path to the RSPB visitor centre, here good information about the wildlife around at that time, unfortunately by late August the puffins have gone out to sea, but saw choughs for the first time. From here you can walk up the cliff for some really terrific views and perhaps climb Holyhead Mountain or head down to the lighthouse, we went back to the shop and cafe along the road where we had an ice cream on the benches outside with the best views on Anglesey! You only pay if you want to go to the lighthouse, but the best views must be from the clifftops.

Visited August 2013
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“great views and a chance to join RSPB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is an amazing place with the most amazing views. Though we did not see many sea birds as it was the wrong time of the year for the nesting colonies and Puffins it was well worth going there.
The RSPB staff are very helpful and will tell you all about the place.
There is a cafe there though we did not use it.
There is the chance to see the lighthouse with about 400 steps, Make sure you buy a ticket before going down there.
There are a lot of walks from there and the scenery is amazing. Well worth a visit especially on a sunny day as we had.

Visited August 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

A truly beautiful place with lovely staff and clearly marked walks for all abilities.

The staff were great at explaining stuff about the different birds and entertaining the kids.

Can't believe stuff like this is free!

On a humerus note, you are so far out that I got a text off my mobile provided saying 'welcome Ireland'

Visited August 2013
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Cheshire. UK
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“Educational with plenty of fresh air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

A well managed area, with good facilities for all. Plenty to see and experience with the staff on hand to offer good guidance of what to see.

Visited August 2013
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Stowm
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“Great experience with the children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Saw puffins, what more do you want.... Great experience for all and kids loved all the activities, drawing etc. well worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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