Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time

Jul082019
Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time

Flat Holm is a small island just 4 miles off the coast of Cardiff. Its history is fascinating; from Viking raiders, a Victorian fortification to becoming the first line of defence, protecting Cardiff, Penarth, Barry and Newport during the Second World War.

Flat Holm or Ynys Echni (its Welsh name) is a little island, just 4 miles off the coast of Cardiff is rich in wildlife and has masses of history. It is the most southerly point in Wales, and the sea in between Flat Holm and neighbouring island Steep Holm is the border between England and Wales.  It is only 500 metres across, and is an essential site for scientific interest and is a nature reserve.  Its history is fascinating; from Viking raiders, a Victorian fortification to becoming the first line of defence, protecting Cardiff, Penarth, Barry and Newport during the Second World War. 

Lottery Funding – Re-engaging Cardiff with the forgotten island

Cardiff Council who manage the island with the Flat Holm Society has recently been given National Lottery Heritage Funding to look after Flat Holm’s wildlife and heritage, and to communicate its fascinating story to people on and off the island.  They have created a survey to gain insight on your views of Flat Holm.  The results of the study will be used to improve visitor experiences and facilities on the island. 

Visiting Flat Holm

You can visit Flat Holm all year round.  Pre-organised boat trips are arranged by Cardiff Sea Safaris or Bay Island Voyages for up to 3 hours, depending on the tide times, giving you a unique opportunity to see the conservation, wildlife and historic buildings.  A landing fee of £5 per person is payable to the warden on arrival.  

The Warden and the team post their updates regularly on their blog, or they can be followed on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Flat Holm lighthouse

Stay at Future Inn Cardiff

Boat trips go from Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay is approximately a 10-minute walk from Future Inn Cardiff, with the quickest route cutting through the Red Dragon Centre. 

Future Inn Cardiff is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Event Dining

Thomas Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 5pm-10pm. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. 

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