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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
+44 1407 762100
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Puffing yes, puffins yes!

We love our birds but definitely are not twitchers. But I desperately wanted to see puffins. What I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kenz56
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Day trip to South Stack

My partner and i visited the South Stack RSPB site on Monday 18th June. We arrived at 10.15am by... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
356Neil_B
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Leicester, 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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We love our birds but definitely are not twitchers. But I desperately wanted to see puffins. What I didn't expect simply, was a fantastic experience. The walks, the RSPB volunteers, the views and the birds - put it all together: brilliant. And surprisingly for someone...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My partner and i visited the South Stack RSPB site on Monday 18th June. We arrived at 10.15am by which time the main car park was almost full. We walked to the side of the cliff adjoining the viewing tower, if you don't like heights...More

Thank 356Neil_B
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Last year I visited Bempton Cliffs and was mightily impressed. Decided to visit South Stack which is supposedly another good site for puffins. It was foggy and blowing a gale with very limited visibility. Speaking to the staff we were told that there were only...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent visitor centre with free parking and knowledgeable staff available to assist in identifying where to look and what to look out for. Holyhead Mountain worth the climb but wear good shoes or boots as rugged trail will easily turn an unwary ankle. View from...More

Thank Clive U
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this location, like being on the edge of nowhere ! Plenty of walking tracks at various degree's of difficulty. Bird watchers paradise. Small eco/info centre to assist visitors with cafe and toilets. If you want to visit Light house there is a cost and...More

Thank MacAttack720
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely area, beautiful cliffs and great views. Just taking a photo of the lighthouse from Ellin's Tower when a chough just walked into my shot! Very happy with our visit until we learnt that killer whales were here the following day. Must return. We...More

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a RSPB site at Holyhead. The scenery is amazing and you can see many different sea birds. The parking is free and there is plenty of it near the visitor's centre. We walked down the steps as far as Elin's Tower which contains...More

Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With staying nearby we have take some nice walks around the area. You get some great views and see various wildlife. Plenty of walks around the area.

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent place to visit. You will hear the birds before you see them wonderful experience. We saw baby seagulls, puffins, razorbills, chaffs, gillimots but the day before orcas killer whales arrived. The light house is worth a visit as long as you are able...More

Thank Terry F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous place for scenery and viewing birds. Firstly there is free parking here, either at the visitor centre or at two parking areas further along the road to the lighthouse (though the last one is quite small). The visitor centre has a...More

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pamnutting234
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.
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gertie1232015
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
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gertie1232015
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
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