Flat Holm Island

Escape for the day...or two

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 by boat 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.

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