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South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

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Address: Holyhead LL65 1YH, Wales
Phone Number:
+44 1407 762100
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Chough 'ed to bits

A fabulous place to visit. The cliff scape is stunning. The surrounding scrub land beautiful. The wildlife is amazing. Realistically we were a few weeks too early for the main... read more

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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A fabulous place to visit. The cliff scape is stunning. The surrounding scrub land beautiful. The wildlife is amazing. Realistically we were a few weeks too early for the main season to see the nesting sea birds but still saw Fulmar, Kittuwakes and the odd Razorbill. The real highlight for me was seeing the Chough. I've never seen one before... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The views are wonderful. The wildlife is great - 5 choughs flew overhead, can't beat that! The cafe is also lovely, great choice of cakes, ice creams and sandwiches. Plenty of volunteers to advise too.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved visiting South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve. Initially it was just my husband and I who were excited about going but the kids loved it and learned a lot. Seeing the 'city' of Razorbills and Guillemots was a real sight to behold and there were plenty of 'danger' signs to remind us that these were steep cliffs and to... More 

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Penrith, Australia
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A wonderful day out. The RSPB have done a remarkable job in establishing walking tracks and bird viewing points on the spectacular cliffs of The South Stack. The views are stunning and to be able to see so many fascinating birds was an added bonus. The cafe is also a comfortable stop offering tasty refreshments after tramping around the cliff... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly first rate day out. The RSPB have done an amazing job in providing access to a beautiful part of the island. If you get the chance please visit - you won't be disappointed.

Thank Ian M
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular just about sums up this attraction, which is a short drive from Holyhead. We were lucky with the weather - apart from a squally shower that came in from the sea but we made use of the on-site cafe for lunch until it passed again. There's a good viewing station for wildlife at nearby Ellin's Tower, with binoculars provided... More 

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really informative place and beautifully set out. There live screenings of what was happening on the nearby cliffs. Yes, at the end we could tell our razorbills from puffins. By their bills mostly.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Drove up having read about it on trip advisor top 10 list and very much enjoyed spending some time here. Superb views and beautiful place - RSPBA staff really friendly and do a good and understated job. Despite lighthouse not actually being open at the moment we walked down the 440 steps. Would recommend to go up and enjoy! Rather... More 

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Cheras, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff are helpful and resourceful. There are guided walks, children activities, etc, they sell fieldguides, audiobooks, binoculars, merchandise, and have a cafe that serves hot drinks, sandwiches, and breakfast. There are also some staff up in the ellin tower to help you ID birds and point out other wildlife.

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We visit here whenever we come to north Wales. So beautiful in every season with views to die for. Even in the winter months & early spring when there aren't many seabirds around there are other birds to see such as the coughs, blueti, finches etc. The porpoises are often to be seen around the lighthouse, lovely to watch leaping... More 

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