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Things to do on Lundy Island

A view of the southern end of Lundy Island taken from the approaching ferry in the Bristol Channel, Devon
The southern end of Lundy Island | © National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Explore an unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery, and encompassing a small village with an inn, Victorian church and the 13th-century Marisco Castle. There’s also a disused lighthouse to discover, offering superb views over the northern part of the island. And for nature-lovers there are a variety of seabirds and wildlife. Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, Lundy offers opportunities for diving and seal watching.

Spot seasonal wildlife

Lundy Island is home to a variety of wildlife both above and below the waves. Spot seabird colonies including puffins and Manx shearwater perched along the rugged cliffs, or watch herds of free-roaming goats and wild ponies grazing. From rare lichens, to endemic cabbage, fungi and rare wildflowers, there’s so much to discover across the island.

Below the waves and protected for over 40 years, the forests of kelp and mountainous underwater scenery are rich with marine life. Sightings of seals, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish and whales are not uncommon on the island, and the reefs are home to a variety of corals and fish.

Explore a historic landscape

There are over 40 scheduled monuments on Lundy Island as well as number of listed buildings, the remains of Bronze Age settlements, a medieval castle, a Georgian lighthouse and a Victorian church.

Spiral staircase inside the Old Light, the lighthouse on Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel, Devon
Spiral staircase inside the Old Light, the lighthouse on Lundy Island | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Head out for a walk

Pull on your walking boots and stride out for a walk around the island. Ramble around this dramatic granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel, taking in sightings of seals and the iconic puffin.

Don’t forget to pack some binoculars for a spot of wildlife watching; you can add any interesting sightings to the wildlife logbook in the Marisco Tavern.

The Landmark Trust

Lundy is financed, administered and maintained by the Landmark Trust. Please visit the Lundy Island website to find out more about the island including how to get there, things to see and do, and places to stay.

Rat Island at the southeast tip of Lundy Island, with coastal rocks exposed at low tide in the Bristol Channel, Devon

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Find out how to get to Lundy Island, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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