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Stanley, Falkland Islands

The capital of the Falklands, with a population of 2000, is a charming place, consisting of just a few streets of colourful houses, a smattering of red phone boxes, a few lively pubs and a selection of the latest four wheel drives, all set on a gentle slope beside Stanley Harbour.

The compact town can be easily appreciated simply by wandering the streets on foot. From the 1982 Memorial walk along the harbour front, passing the rusting hulks of ships that never made it round treacherous Cape Horn, explore the whimsical Stanley Museum, visit the world’s most southerly cathedral and stand beneath Whale Bone Arch, made in 1933 from jawbones of two blue whales to celebrate the centenary of continuous British administration.

Pass Jubilee Villas (built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee), drop into the informative Visitor’s Centre, then explore Cartmell Cottage, one of the earliest residential buildings in Stanley, which was built in 1849 from a kit sent from Britain.

Accommodation

For accommodation in Stanley we recommend either the Malvina House Hotel or the cosy bed and breakfast The Waterfront.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Stanley

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Stanley, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Stanley

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    Places near Stanley

    Accommodation choices for Stanley

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Stanley. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Malvina House Hotel, Stanley

      Malvina House Hotel

      First Class

      This smart hotel is located by the 1982 Memorial in Stanley with great views across the water. Facilities include rooms with TVs, tea and coffee facilities, a jacuzzi and sauna.

    • Lafone House sits next to Falkland sound, Stanley

      Lafone House

      Medium

      Affectionately known as 'The Phone House' the owner is known locally for throwing some of the best parties in town, and is a renowned hostess and chef.

    Ideas for experiencing Stanley

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Stanley, and which use the best local guides.

    • King Penguins at Volunteer Point

      Volunteer Point Excursion

      Stanley

      Take a full day's trip out of Stanley to visit the world's largest accessible King Penguin colony.