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South Stack Lighthouse
Ynys Lawd
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South Stack Lighthouse in 2012
South Stack LighthouseYnys Lawd is located in Wales
South Stack LighthouseYnys Lawd
South Stack Lighthouse
Ynys Lawd
Location in Wales
Location Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales
Coordinates 53°18′24″N 4°41′58″W / 53.30667°N 4.69944°W / 53.30667; -4.69944
Year first constructed 1809
Automated 1983
Construction stone tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 28 m (92 ft)
Focal height 60 m (200 ft)
Current lens 1st order six panel catadioptric rotating
Intensity 467,000 candela
Range 24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 10s.
Fog signal one 3s. blast every 30s. (range of 2 nmi (3.7 km; 2.3 mi))
Admiralty number A5204
NGA number 5520
ARLHS number WAL-025

The South Stack Lighthouse is built on the summit of a small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales. It was built in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below.


The lighthouse has warned passing ships of the treacherous rock below since its completion in 1809. The 91-foot (28 m)-tall lighthouse on South Stack was designed by Daniel Alexander and the main light is visible to passing vessels for 24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi), and was designed to allow safe passage for ships on the treacherous DublinHolyheadLiverpool sea route. It provides the first beacon along the northern coast of Anglesey for east-bound ships. It is followed by lighthouses, fog horns and other markers at North Stack, Holyhead Breakwater, The Skerries, the Mice, Point Lynas and at the south-east tip of the island Trwyn Du. The lighthouse is operated remotely by Trinity House. It has been visited by the team at Most Haunted.

Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse and tour the engine room and exhibition area. The lighthouse is open seasonally.

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