Lockley Lodge

Lockley Lodge

Lockley Lodge

Gateway to Skomer and Skokholm Island

The award winning Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre is located at Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire, near the embarkation point for sailings to Skomer Island.

Inside you will find the warmest of welcomes from our staff, along with information about the reserve and its wildlife, and a gift shop with all the essentials for your visit to Skomer, Skokholm or the Marloes Peninsula.

How to find us

Lockley Lodge is at Martin’s Haven, near Marloes in Pembrokeshire. From Haverfordwest take the B4327, signposted Dale, and follow until you pick up signs for Marloes. When you reach Marloes drive through the village and continue for approximately two miles before parking in the National Trust car park on your left. The Lodge is on your route from the Car Park to the embarkation point for Skomer Island.

For satellite navigation our postcode is SA62 3BJ.

Inside the centre there are interactive screens on which you can watch the wildlife on the island (perfect for days when the weather prevents sailings to Skomer).

Two cameras on the island’s cliffs show seabirds and other wildlife, and two specially constructed ‘Burrow cams’ show the elusive Manx Shearwaters nesting in their burrows.

The centre also offers a range of gifts and souvenirs of your visit including stunning prints by local artists and photographers, and the fascinating book ‘Skomer’ by former resident Jane Matthews which is packed with insights into island life and amazing images of the flora and fauna of this unique habitat.

Please note – there is only a limited amount of food and drink available from Lockley Lodge and none on the island. Please consider stopping in the local shops on your way through Marloes. More information about visiting the area

The History of the Lodge

The wooden building at Martin’s Haven, now known as Lockley Lodge, was originally built in 1928 by R M Lockley as his mainland base. Lockley lived and farmed Skokholm Island between 1927 and 1939 and wrote numerous books about the wildlife and his life and times on Skokholm Island. His first book ‘Dream Island’ provides brief details of the construction of the building, which was then called Lower Island Lodge.

Since the Second World War Lockley Lodge has been used as the mainland base for both Skomer and Skokholm Islands and has been an important part of island life as a mainland refuge from bad weather. During most of the 1960s the islands were privately managed and the building was then known as Skokholm Lodge and largely used as a holiday home.

R M Lockley transferred the Lodge to the West Wales Naturalists Trust (now WTSWW) in 1968. It was at this time that it was renamed Lockley Lodge. In 1976 the Trust decided to use Lockley Lodge as an information centre for the islands and the Marloes Peninsula and it has served this purpose ever since.

Lockley Lodge today

Lockley’s beloved wooden lodge lasted 79 years before it needed such major works that a rebuild was necessary. The funds for this project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Skomer Island Heritage Experience’ project. The new building was completed in September 2006.

The Trust’s commitment to using the latest technologies whilst conserving the heritage of its buildings and their surroundings is demonstrated in the approach to the development of Lockley Lodge where great care was taken to replicate the appearance of the original Lockley design, whilst incorporating modern facilities and state of the art technology.

In recognition of these efforts, staff at the Wildlife Trust were delighted to win the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s award for ‘Enhancing public understanding and enjoyment of the National Park through innovative technology’.


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