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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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South Stack is a fantastic bird watching reserve, particularly between mid April and the end of... read more

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The views from here are amazing, besides all the birds. The car park was packed and all along the... 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 yesterday

South Stack is a fantastic bird watching reserve, particularly between mid April and the end of July when the sea cliffs are full of guillemots and razorbills (belonging to the auk family of birds). Other star attractions include a small breeding population of puffins and...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The views from here are amazing, besides all the birds. The car park was packed and all along the road, it was difficult as there is not much space to turn around. People were trying to get there with big camper vans. Parking is free....More

Thank Chrisgale
Reviewed 4 days ago

Getting to this place is winding single-track roads. Terrible winds and rain the day we were there, but excellent birding site. Saw choughs, razorbills, and other seabirds nesting. The lighthouse is now accessible for a fee - used to be free. The people at the...More

Thank PeregrineEdmonton
Reviewed 6 days ago

There were many people there with telescopes watching the birds and looking for unusual ones. There were TV cameras on the cliff to see the birds by people who did not have the equipment.

Thank Yrneh1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Windy day , but still got to see all the nesting sea birds and spotted some Puffins. The RSPB cafe is excellent and the parking is free. Great day out

Thank poppy151187
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free parking (always a plus) windy walk along the cliff edge and up to the café, lovely cup of tea and slice of cake in the clean and tidy RSPB café/shop, then onwards for another walk,. Saw puffins, razorbills, guillemots, chuffs to name a few

Thank Claire N Phil M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the cafe here in October 2016. Was clean and comfortable. We walked here from the marina, which is an interesting walk.

Thank Denwood77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So wonderful made me want to move there and that's not a lie. Truly one of the best experiences I've ever had was just sitting out on the cliffs watching the waves it was totally serene on a beautiful blue sky day. There are trails...More

Thank jbeatty2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! Free parking with plenty of short walks (easy for poor walkers, pushchairs or wheel chairs) or longer cliff top walks. Spectacular views of cliffs & lighthouse! Enthusiastic volunteers lend you binoculars to see the birds nesting on the cliffs, and tell you...More

Thank DaytripperH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late in the day just as the visitor centre was closing so we will come back for that. No admittance or parking charges, just fantastic views. Being on a clifftop on an overcast day was surprised by how calm and tranquil it was....More

Thank rob_gsd
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My partner uses a power wheelchair. Although I realise some of the main attractions are not accessible, I was wondering if there were flattish pathways amongst the lovely scenery that we could enjoy around South stack etc. Thank you☺
5 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.
are dogs allowed
31 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
Are dogs allowed
31 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