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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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Nature area

Beautiful scenery and excellent views, excellent for walkers and nature lovers, flora, fauna birds... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Eleanor F
Brampton, United Kingdom
Visited on a bad day, not dog friendly

The walks and outdoor parts are all we really got to see due to it being very dog unfriendly. We... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Harley C
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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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 14 August 2016

Beautiful scenery and excellent views, excellent for walkers and nature lovers, flora, fauna birds, abundant. Free car park, cafe on site in car park , toilets in cafe.

Thank Eleanor F
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The walks and outdoor parts are all we really got to see due to it being very dog unfriendly. We really enjoyed the views, but probably would not return. The staff inside the visitor centre, shop and cafe were really friendly and helpful. It was...More

Thank Harley C
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Amazing place, lighthouse is a must to look round and climb to the top, just don't count the steps!. The views from the cliffs are superb, a real must when visiting Angelsey.

Thank Mpa_7201
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

A beautiful location for everyone. As birdwatchers we have visited several times and there is always something to see. Enjoy the choughs, seabirds and the porpoises if you are lucky.

Thank Chydoc
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The centre is the heart of the South Stack reserve and is managed and ran by very knowledgeable warders who share thois knowledge and enthusiasm for the local wildlife freely.

Thank Runfatboyrun56
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Take the challenge and conquer the steps. If you are more energetic, walk to the summit of Holyhead mountain to really appreciate the views.

Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Good walking from the bottom carpark; we really enjoyed going up the 'viewing tower' as it's all set up with binoculars, TV screen with live webcam of puffins nesting and there were volunteers to help with explanations etc. Then another short walk to the café...More

1  Thank UKC49
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I can recommend this for any birders in the area, especially during the breeding season. The cliffs beside Ellen's Tower are teeming with seabirds in the early summer. The RSPB volunteers in the tower are friendly and helpful. Binoculars and telescopes are available and there's...More

1  Thank Brian H
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This was our second visit, in high season, but it was not crowded and the cafe was up to its usual standard - delicious coffee and home-made cakes. It is a short walk down to the lighthouse and the views are spectacular.

Thank Hutchy68_10
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Enjoyed a recent visit, stunning views of South Stack lighthouse. Excellent visitor centre with good selection of gifts - RSPB calendars, mugs, books etc. I bought a notepad to remind me of my visit! Lovely café with tempting assortment of cakes. Plenty of indoor seating...More

Thank janus274
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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