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Flat Holm Island

Flat Holm Island

Not strictly in Cardiff, but just five miles off the coast of Cardiff, the tiny island of Flat Holm is a different world with a wealth of history and wildlife. Youíll 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, itís perhaps most famous for receiving the first ever radio message across water by Marconi in 1897.

Day Trips:
A day visit provides you with three to six hours on the island, where visitors can purchase a self-guided tour pack, providing a unique opportunity to discover Flat Holm's wildlife and historic buildings. Guided tours will be available on certain dates.

There will be a chance to relax and enjoy the island's atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee, and an opportunity to visit our well stocked souvenir shop, where you can buy monoculars, postcards, Fairtrade snacks and drinks, 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 islandís spectacular scenery.

Overnight Trips:
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.

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

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.

Contact Details:
Flat Holm Booking Office,
Cardiff Harbour Authority,
Queen Alexandra House,
Cargo Road,
Cardiff Bay
CF10 4LY
Tel: 029 2087 7912 / 029 2087 7941
Fax: 029 20877901

Last Updated: September 2015

Posted by Taffy 16th July 2009

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