South Stack Lighthouse

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South Stack
LL65 1YH

South Stack is set in a spectacular location to the north-west of Holyhead. The lighthouse acts as a waymark for coastal traffic and a landmark and orientation light for vessels crossing the Irish Sea to and from the ports of Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. On 9 February 1809, the station's oil lamps, designed by Daniel Alexander at a cost of £12,000, were first lit. In 1828 an iron suspension bridge was built to replace the rope catwalk that originally linked the lighthouse to the bottom of the 400 steps down the cliff face. This was one of the many changes that have taken place at South Stack since 1809. The lights regularly became more efficient and in 1938 electric power replaced the oil that powered the lamps. In 1964 the iron bridge was taken down and a new one of aluminium was put up in its place. The lighthouse was automated in 1984, and the keepers withdrawn. Today, the lighthouse is monitored and controlled by computer link from Trinity House Operations Centre in Harwich, Essex. South Stack offers a wealth of bird life from the RSPB's Ellin’s Tower. Every summer 4000 birds visit the area, a variety of species, including puffins, and you could be lucky to see the odd seal or dolphin meandering through the Irish Sea. If not, watch the constant sea ferry traffic from Ireland to Holyhead and Liverpool. It is a great vantage point. What we will guarantee, is that you will take a photograph of South Stack. It is that impressive. On the way down over 400 steps you will be able to view the geology of the surrounding vertical cliff faces, discover the variety of natural habitats and complex rock formations. Once on the island, you will be able to see exhibitions on the history of the lighthouse, visit the engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse as part of your lighthouse tour.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Easter - September; Mon to Sun: 11am - 4.30pm including bank holiday Mondays


Adults - £4.90 Seniors - £3.80 Children - £2.80 Group Senior / Children £5.70

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