Flat Holm Visit

Flat Holm Island the jewel in the Bristol Channel.

Flat Holm is a nature reserve managed by Cardiff Council. Positioned at the most Southerly point in Wales, 4.5 nautical miles from Cardiff.

The island is steeped in history and rich in wildlife with plenty to see and do. From the military remains with canons and gunning placements to the several species of wild birds, soay sheep and the unmistakeable Trinity House Lighthouse there is something for everyone to see and do.

Departing from Cardiff Bay heading through Cardiff Bay Barrage and out into the Bristol Channel, depending on the tides and weather, you will get an average of 2.5 – 3 hours on the island for your visit. On the return you will have the chance to see the island from the water before heading back to Cardiff. Flat Holm Island has a small shop, Wales’ most southerly pub – The Gull and Leek,  and plenty of space to relax and enjoy a picnic. For the more adventurous you can even stay overnight. (To be arrange directly with Cardiff Council).

Having previously run the Councils own vessel to the island for many years,  we have the knowledge and safety in place to ensure you have a great visit. Even after many years and many visits we always find something new and exciting!   No two visits are the same due to the changing seasons and wildlife on the Island.

We would suggest taking some money if you wish to purchase any gifts from the shop or drinks from the pub. Both are CASH ONLY.

*During the pandemic period:-

  • Welcome talk from Warden will be outdoors
  • No guided tour available – self guided tours only
  • Male and female toilets– hand sanitiser available
  • No indoor shelter available
  • Pub will be open for 1 hour during visit – one person at a time, masks to be worn indoors, hand sanitiser upon entry, no hot drinks will be served, but sealed bottles, cans and chocolate/crisp snacks will be available. CASH ONLY
  • All rubbish to be taken home by visitors



(A £5 per person /£2.50 per child landing fee is payable direct to Cardiff Council upon arrival. Correct CASH payment only)

(Please be aware there are steps leading from the jetty up onto Flat Holm Island, along with some rugged terrain, therefore this trip may not be suitable for those who have walking difficulties. The boat trip is suitable for those 1.1m tall and over who must be able to hold on for the duration of the trip by themselves in their own seat. It is not suitable for young children who cannot sit, brace and hold on by themselves.)