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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

#2 of 33 things to do in Holyhead Features Animals
Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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Fantastic Natural Experience

The views are stunning and well worth a visit. Here you can see a wealth of wildlife and seabirds... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wigan, United Kingdom

as said for the lighthouse, the place is spectacular and seeing the birds attached to the cliffs is... read more

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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 2 weeks ago

The views are stunning and well worth a visit. Here you can see a wealth of wildlife and seabirds from a unique perspective since you are looking down onto them as the fly from nests to the sea.

Thank Laughingbear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

as said for the lighthouse, the place is spectacular and seeing the birds attached to the cliffs is amazing.

Thank 449marcella
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived just to late to be able to enter the South Stack Lighthouse, but the views from the RSPB observation was a good substitute. Wonderful views, binoculars available and good explanations of the bird life along the cliffs here. Thanks to RBPB.

Thank GlobetrottingViking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful place, there are a good few steps down to the RSPB and not suitable for wheelchairs or disability, but the lovely cafe at the top has stunning views and super ice creams and the shop has brilliant unusual presents. The walk down...More

Thank annmac211
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous place to visit in a beautiful area. We arrived in a thick sea mist so sat in the restaurant and enjoyed hot chocolate waiting for the mist to clear however it was set in for the day and we could see nothing so headed...More

1  Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Were lucky to have a fabulous clear day for our visit, saw puffins, razor bill, guillemots and many other sea birds, fabulous walks across the reserve, the lighthouse was open and a bonus, very steep steps and over 400 to climb down and then back...More

Thank jayne h
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We are birders so we are biased towards a place like this. We visited on clear day and saw the puffins guillemots, razorbills, fulmars,and choughs. Binoculars are a must but it is hard to see with a spotting scope because of the 20-30MPH wind and...More

Thank 42golf56_9
Reviewed 11 July 2017

One of my favourite places, all year round. Beware; on a windy day it's truly bracing. But the scenery is stunning whatever the weather. As a child, over 50 years ago, this was one of my favourite holiday visits. The lighthouse was operational and the...More

Thank Astralsurfer
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Went there in sunshine and in rain + mist. The scenery is stunning with sheer cliffs covered in thousands of guillemots and razorbills and a smaller number of puffins. On the cliffs you could also see choughs (we had one standing about 10 feet behind...More

Thank Barrie and Deir... T
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Stunning views and an enjoyable walk. It is roughly 300 steps down to the lighthouse. There are lots of puffins along the cliffs and you can hire binoculars from the visitor centre. There is a nice cafe at the visitor centre. I had a very...More

Thank Kitty8704
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4 September 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.
30 January 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
30 January 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