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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Address: Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1407 762100
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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In a spectacular location, overlooking the Irish Sea RSPB South Stack...

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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Fabulous views, informative volunteers

According to the volunteers June is the very best month to visit , in order to see sea birds. I saw stonechats and choughs. There are adders in the heather. The cafe is really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Blackburn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

According to the volunteers June is the very best month to visit , in order to see sea birds. I saw stonechats and choughs. There are adders in the heather. The cafe is really nice.

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Nairn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great for bird watching and just walking the cliffs. Very dramatic and stunningly beautiful (especially out of season). Can get quite busy in summer.

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a ride to the top near the cafe a d as it was a clear day you could see for miles and what a view it was as well ! Worth a trip to the top for view alone !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a day on South Stack roaming the many paths over the cliffs and heather. Saw lots of butterflies and too many species of birds to name here. The visitor centre was friendly and well looked after. We had a pleasant lunch overlooking the cliffs while to kids caught Pokemon on the WiFi

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Thank Andrew J
Holyhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biased, me, my hometown? Of course I am and who is not? But don't take my bias word for it, visit for yourself and feel how breathtaking it is and don't ever forget your binoculars.....This place I love......

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Thank IloveHolyHead
cheshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Winter is a quite peaceful time here but come spring when the birds arrive , WOW it explodes with beauty and a cacophony of sound to welcome any naturalist. Birds, flowers, butterflies it has it all. Great cafe as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place, fantastic views, fantastic walks. With a nice sunny day you cant go wrong. Well worth a visit

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Thank dannysia
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit not to be missed, spectacular whatever the weather. Many nice walks from here. Parking good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Parked up in the carpark and ventures on to the rocks and cliffs , breath taking views of South stack and the surrounding cliffs not to mention the unforgiving North sea. This morning the icy wind was biting cold , this added to the drama of the spectacular views. For me the No 1 "must see" when visiting Holyhead and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited late afternoon and was simply stunning! The views to the sea and light house were breathtaking.. Worth a visit and be prepared to want to stand and stare forever!

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