The Visitor Centre at the Lighthouse is one of only two which are open to the public in Wales, the other being Nash Point Lighthouse, Marcross, Llantwit Major, in the Vale of Glamorgan. Other Trinity House lighthouse Visitor Centres, for which details are on Trinity House’s website are: The Lizard, in Cornwall, Start Point in Devon, Anvil Point and Portland Bill in Dorset, St Catherine’s on the Isle of Wight, Southwold in Suffolk, Flamborough Head in Yorkshire and Longstones in Northumbria.
South Stack Lighthouse Visitor Centre is open on weekends and Bank Holidays during most of Spring and Autumn. It is open daily, weather permitting from Easter until the end of September. Opening times are from 10am – 4pm during British Summer Time and from 10am– 3pm during G.M.T. Please see the opening times and days on the opening hours section of this web page.
In addition, subject to good weather and demand, we will also occasionally open during the winter.
The Visitor Centre has to close whenever a closure is required for the operational requirements of Trinity House. We will try to update the Closure Dates page as soon as we are aware of any closures though, especially if you are coming from afar, please check before setting off.
On arrival at South Stack Headland please park at the Car Park, where the RSPB Café is situated (tickets can be purchased here), or you can park inthe top car park, or bottom car park by the entrance to the steps. Tickets can be purchased on the island (note we only accept cash on the lighthouse at the moment).
The Lighthouse is an historic building which was completed in 1809 a long time before any Building Regulations were in force. Therefore, in order to make the tower available for visitors some other regulations have had to be set in place for the safety of all visitors. The main restrictions are that all visitors who wish to ascend the tower must be at least 1.1metres tall and capable of ascending and descending unaided. Appropriate footwear must be worn and this excludes bare feet and open-backed sandals, flip-flops etc, and anyone with a heart condition is not advised to attempt ascending the tower. Other restrictions are available from the Tour Guide(s) at the entrance to the Tower.
You may either have a Guided Tour which will take about an hour or take a Guide Booklet which explains why and how the Lighthouse was built, has some history details of the 500 years of Trinity House and also explains what is on each floor of the tower. In general, families with younger children find the “self” tour the better option.
Once you have ascended all the steps to the Lantern, (count them as you go and we will tell you if you are correct), subject to weather you may have a spectacular view of the Wicklow mountains to the west, Llyn peninsula to the South, and the Skerries lighthouse to the North.
On the South side you will see the South Stack cliffs and RSPB reserve. Beyond that you will see Holy Island leading off towards Anglesey and then in the distance Snowdon. To the North you will see the cliffs around Gogarth bay, leading to the North Stack fog station, and beyond that you will see the northern tip of Anglesey.
All of this gives a truly wonderful vista which is worth every effort in ascending the tower. We hope that, during your visit, the visibility is good enough for you to view all that has been mentioned. However, if it was hazy or misty it would be worthwhile making a visit on a day of better visibility.
There is more to visiting the Lighthouse than just enjoying the views from the top, as good as they are on a clear day. Please take the time to read the guide booklet and learn about the history of Trinity House, who were given their charter to operate by King Henry 8th.
If, at the end of your visit, you have any questions, which have not been answered,please ask one of the Tour Guides who will do their best to provide a full explanation. Many will also be answered on other pages of this website.
Please be aware that the Lighthouse is not part of the National Museum of Wales and therefore a moderate entrance fee has to be charged in order to pay for the Visitor Centre’s staff, and marketing / signage of the Centre etc. Any profits are used in the local community and on our adopted project, the Thomas Lingham Lifeboat restoration (see Facebook page).
This web site is owned and maintained by South Stack Ynys Lawd Ltd. Any views or opinions expressed within this site are those of the directors, staff, colleagues and friends, and those of visitors to the lighthouse. They are not necessarily those of the Corporation of Trinity House who are the Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Isles and Gibraltar, therefore owners and operators of this Lighthouse, who maintain their own website; www.trinityhouse.co.uk