Parks and Gardens: Cardiff Bay (Waterfront)
Flat Holm Island
Flat Holm Booking Office, Cardiff Harbour Authority, Queen Alexandra House, Cargo Road, Cardiff. CF10 4LY • (029) 2087 7912
Not strictly in Cardiff, but just five miles off the coast, the stunning island of Flat Holm is a different world with a wealth of history and wildlife. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to discover.
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 for receiving the first ever radio message across water by Marconi in 1897.
A day visit provides you with three to six hours on the island, where visitors can purchase a self-guided tour pack and discover Flat Holm's wildlife and historic buildings. Free guided tours are available on certain dates. There will be a chance to soak up the island's atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee, and visit the well-stocked shop, where you can buy monoculars, postcards, Fairtrade drinks and snacks, and a range of souvenirs as a memento of your experience. Visitors can also enjoy a selection of local beers, ales and wines at The Gull and Leek pub, while taking in the island’s spectacular scenery.
Residential visits can be arranged for individuals and groups wishing to stay on Flat Holm. Both dormitory and camping facilities are available. Please contact the booking office for more details.
Light Refreshments Available, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.
No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.
Open all year round. A landing fee of £5 for adults or £2.50 for children (payable in cash) will be collected by the warden on arrival at the Island. This fee is used to help preserve and maintain the Island for future visitors to enjoy and is additional to the cost paid for a boat trip.
Advance booking required.
Located in the Bristol Channel five miles off the coast of Cardiff.
Trips are available all year round to visit Flat Holm, from day trips to longer stays. There are pre-organised RIB boat trips to the island that depart from Cardiff several times a month, and can take up to 12 passengers on each RIB.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Flat Holm Island, Flat Holm Booking Office, Cardiff Harbour Authority, Queen Alexandra House, Cargo Road, Cardiff. CF10 4LY • (029) 2087 7912
Last Updated Monday 10 February 2020
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