August 2012
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Ellin’s Tower Seabird Center – a bird watching center in Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre is a bird watching centre which is just off the road above the lighthouse in Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Overview of Ellin’s Tower Seabird Center

• RSPB-run Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre is the ideal place to look down at the island’s birds.
These include:
– Choughs
– Fulmars
– Kittiwakes
– Guillemots
– Razorbills
– Gulls
– Puffins (from about mid-April to July)
• Follow South Stack Road for about 2 miles to a car park which is located at the road’s end, where there is also a cafe.
• Free entry to one of the island’s most spectacular sites.
• This is set on top of the towering cliffs above the seabirds and famous lighthouse.
• RSPB Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre provides wonderful views down across the seabird cliffs and across the Irish Sea.
• It is located in Holyhead.
• Watch one of only 200 pairs of choughs in Britain through a live camera.
• The plate-glass platform on the first floor of Ellin’s Tower has views to South Stack lighthouse.
• On a clear day view across 60 miles (100km) to Ireland.
• The Visitor Centre on this 600-acre reserve has displays about local wildlife.
• Members of staff are on-hand to help locate birds on its cameras and telescopes.

Contact Information

Ellin’s Tower RSPB Seabird Center
Plas Nico
South Stack
LL65 1YH

• Free admission.
• The reserve and Ellins Tower (the RSPB visitor centre) is free.
• The Isle of Anglesey County Council charges an admission fee for access to ‘South Stack Island and the Lighthouse’ as they are not part of the RSPB reserve.

Opening Times
• The RSPB reserve is open all year round.
• Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to September.

Some of Anglesey’s attractions include:

1. Walking
• Enjoy the natural environment of Anglesey and North West Wales.
• The geology of Anglesey is one of the most diverse in the world.
– RSPB bird hides
– Wetland reserves
– South Stack
– Home to colonies of choughs
– Guillemots
– Fulmars
– Newborough Forest

2. Fishing
• There are 16 fresh water fisheries including course and game fisheries and 125 miles of coastline.
• Charter boats are available for sea fishing.

3. Water sports
• Windsurfing in Rhosneigr
• Canoeing
• Kayaking
• There is sailing from all ports and marina developments in Holyhead and Beaumaris and the Welsh Water Sports Centre on the Menai Straits.

4. Golf
• Passes are available for £79 to play at all 5 premier courses on Anglesey.

5. Family Attractions
• ‘Sea Zoo’ Aquarium
• ‘Pili Palas’ butterfly palace
• ‘Foel Farm’ Park
• Anglesey Model Village
• ‘Henblas’ Park Activity Centre
• Trac Mon Carting Centre

6. Heritage & Culture Attractions
• Holyhead Maritime Museum.
• ‘Amlwch Copper Kingdom’ Visitor Centre.
• The historic town of Beaumaris.
• The world famous bridges linking Anglesey to mainland Wales.
• Remnants of the Roman occupation and Llynon Mill.
• Visitor centre charting Anglesey’s agricultural heritage.

7. Horse riding
• Three stables

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By Air
• Anglesey Airport is located to the south west of the island at RAF Valley.
• This is less than two miles from the A55 expressway.
• The airport provides a gateway for both business and leisure travelers to North West Wales and all the region has to offer.
• Manx2 offers twice daily Monday to Friday flights linking Cardiff with Anglesey.
• Services from Anglesey Airport offer an alternative to the long journeys by road and rail.
• Manx2 also operate a summer service between Anglesey and the Isle of Man and Belfast.
• For all current flight times and our latest flight locations, please see the Manx2 website.
• Manchester Airport is established as an important access point for the UK.
• It offers easy access to North Wales from most parts of Europe, USA and beyond with good connections by rail and road.
• Alternatively, London and Cardiff are also well connected whether you choose to drive or come by train.
Flight operator
Tel: + 44 (0)871 200 0440 (reservations)
RAF Valley has facilities for landing private aircraft, 24 hour notice is required (PPR)
Tel: 01407 762241 Ext 7582
Liverpool Airport
Tel: 0870 7508484
Manchester Airport
Tel: 0161 489 30000
Cardiff Airport

2. By Bus
• A network of coach services from most parts of the UK is available.
• Once on the island there is a network of local services which allow you to travel around at your leisure.

3. By Car
• The motorway network and the A55 road along the North Wales coast offer dual carriageway access right across the island.
• If you are travelling from the south you may prefer the A5 that takes you through the mountains of North Wales.
Typical drive times to the Isle of Anglesey:
• From Chester: 1hr 20min
• From Birmingham: 3hr
• From Manchester Airport: 2hr
• From London: 5hr

4. By Sea
Holyhead Harbour
• Holyhead is the gateway to Ireland.
• It offers fast services to Dublin in just 99 minutes or more leisurely crossings in superbly equipped modern boats.

5. By Train
Bangor and Holyhead are on the main rail route to Ireland with connections and services from most parts of the UK.
Shortest train journey times to Bangor from:
• Chester – 59min
• Birmingham – 2hr 32min
• Manchester – 2hr 10 min
• London – 3hr 23min
• Bangor to Holyhead – 29min

Some Travel Books That will Help You

Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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