About Flat Holm Island

Just 5 miles from Cardiff and Barry, the tiny island of Flat Holm is a different world with a wealth of history and wildlife. You will be amazed at how much there is to discover.

Since the Dark Ages, Flat Holm has been a retreat for monks and since then has 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 is perhaps most famous for receiving the first ever radio message across water by Marconi in 1897.
A short day visit to Flat Holm will give you 3 hours on the island, where visitors can have a FREE of charge guided tour. There will be a chance to relax and enjoy the island's atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee and a chance to visit the souvenir shop selling a variety of Island memorabilia and fairtrade snacks. Alternatively there is the option to have a drink at the Flat Holm pub, The Gull and Leek, which stocks a fine selection of local ales and ciders.


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