Flat Holm Island

Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 4LY
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About Flat Holm Island

Not strictly in Cardiff, but just five miles off the coast of Cardiff, 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, smugglers and cholera victims. 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 will be available on certain dates.

There will be a chance to relax and soak up the island's atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee, and an opportunity to visit our well stocked shop, where you can buy monoculars, postcards, Fairtrade drinks and snacks, and a range of souvenirs as a memento of your island 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.

MW Marine operates day visits departing from the barrage in Penarth and Weston-Super-Mare, but private trips can also be arranged. Visit www.mwmarine.org or call 01934 636734 / 07754 833158 for more details. Day visits and group bookings can also be organised with Cardiff Sea Safaris, who depart from Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay. See www.cardiffseasafaris.com or call 029 2048 7663 for further information.

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Ticket Prices:A landing fee of £5.00 for adults or £2.50 for children (payable in cash) will be collected by the warden on arrival at Flat Holm. This fee is used to help preserve and maintain the island for future visitors to enjoy. Sailing prices vary - please see boat operator websites for details.
Telephone:029 2087 7912
Recommended Time:4 - 6 hours
Opening Times:Open all year round - please see boat operator websites for details of sailing times or call the Flat Holm Booking Office
Indoors / Outdoors:Indoors, Outdoors
Categories:Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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