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Visit Flat Holm Island - a jewel in The Severn Estuary

Flat Holm Island is rich in wildlife and steeped in history, a unique experience just off the coast of Cardiff.

Travelling by boat just five miles off the coast, the stunning island of Flat Holm is a different world with a wealth of heritage to explore and wildlife to see and hear. Flat Holm might only be small but you’ll be amazed how much there is to discover and is a perfect adventure for any island lover.

The heritage

Since the Dark Ages, Flat Holm has been a retreat for monks and acted as a sanctuary for Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, silver miners and smugglers. Fortified in Victorian times and again in World War II, it’s perhaps most famous as a location for pioneering wireless radio experiments in 1897.

How to get there

A day visit by boat provides you with up to three hours on the island. If you are thrill seeker then Bay Island Voyages hi speed RIBS are for you, but if you’d prefer a more relaxed boat trip then Cardiff Cruises can transport you there. Departing from Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, visitors will experience locking out of the Cardiff Barrage before embarking on the short journey across the sea.

Tours & facilities

Upon arrival at the island everyone will be greeted by enthusiastic Wardens and volunteers. Visitors can purchase a self-guided tour pack to explore at your own pace or go on a free story-filled guided journey led by the experienced volunteers and Wardens who live and work on the island. At the end of a tour, visitors can relax and soak up the island’s tranquil atmosphere and spectacular views, and they always make sure there is time to enjoy a drink at The Gull and Leek, Wales’ most southerly pub. The small gift shop provides an opportunity to buy postcards, snacks, and a range of souvenirs as a memento of your island experience.

Make a night of it

For those who enjoy more of an adventure, extend a visit to the island with an overnight stay, camping in the paddock that overlooks West Beach and the sea, cook over a campfire, enjoy the spectacular sunsets and sleep peacefully to the sound of the waves breaking on the pebble beach and wake up to fresh sea air. Dormitory rooms in the farmhouse for those who want to enjoy time out with groups of friends and family and the self contained cottage accommodation for smaller groups of up to 6 will be available later in the summer.

Summer experiences

But it doesn’t end there, as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund investment in Flat Holm, we will be offering even more visitor experiences. From photography weekends to inspirational creative writing sessions, relaxing yoga and meditation retreats to overnight family fun activities. Throughout the spring and summer there will be an exciting range of opportunities to suit everyone.

Further details

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