A GUIDE TO THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN PEMBROKESHIRE
Pembrokeshire lies on the most westerly fringe of the UK in South Wales where the sea meets on three sides of the shore, with magnificent, secluded bays and incredible rock formations, lending formidable landscapes.
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The area is protected by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park featuring 186 miles of meandering trail consisting of coves, harbours, over 50 beaches through traditional fishing villages and towns.
Pembrokeshire’s coastal spots are a highlight but there is also something to suit all tastes from 50 pristine beaches, adventure activities, festivals, foodie haunts, vineyards, wildlife spotting opportunities, castles and a rich and varied history.
This is a corner of the UK that will stay with you forever and leave you reeling for more.
Length of Stay
If walking The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, I’d recommend a visit of 2 weeks (14 days) to allow for rest days as well as discovering local gems. Otherwise anything from 1-2 weeks is ideal for a leisurely family break. Parts of Pembrokeshire are also great weekend getaways combining a coastal location, relaxing cottage style accommodation and cosy pubs. Narberth, Tenby and Pembroke ideal for short breaks.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is from June until September, when you will have a soft or pleasant temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Pembrokeshire is 17°C in July and the lowest is 8°C in January. However this depends a lot on the type of experience you are hoping to have. Walks and adventure activities may be best in the spring and summer months whereas autumn and winter visits can lend themselves to country hotels, roaring fires and the changing colours of the season.
How to Get to Pembrokeshire
Most people in my experience drive to Pembrokeshire due to the flexibility of being able to stop off at remote locations at ease.
- By air: Direct flights to Cardiff Airport are available from Aberdeen, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey.
- Car: The most flexible route is by far driving with the fasted routes being via via the M4, M5, M6 and M56. London: Tenby: can take around 4 hours 20 mins. Leicester – Narberth: 4 hours 30 minutes. For more information on route times check The AA route planner.
- Coach – National Express coach network has the following direct routes to Wales: London Victoria Coach Station > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire. Hull, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham > Cardiff, Swansea, Pembrokeshire.
- Megabus provides low cost intercity travel in the UK, with a coach service running from London and Bristol to Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock.
- By Train -The main direct rail route to Wales is from London Paddington, Reading, Bath and Bristol to Newport and Cardiff, with easy connections to Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The fastest trains from London to Cardiff take 1 hour 42 minutes. From Manchester to Llandudno Junction, it’s about 2 hours. For rail enquires check National Rail Enquiries
- Coastal Bus Service – the entire length of the 186 mile (299km) Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth, is accessible by bus.. The buses run seven days a week from May to September and 2 days a week in winter. It’s a hail and ride service so just flag the buses down along the coast road and hop on.
The Pembrokeshire coastal bus service has been acknowledged by a leading sustainable travel and tourism website, The Green Traveller, who has produced a car-free guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Where to Stay
When choosing your base or even bases in Pembrokeshire, there is a plethora of beautiful holiday rentals, cosy coastal cottages, hotels, hostels, camp sites and caravan parks. Whatever option you choose it’s important to consider a location that is in easy reach of the points of interest you wish to visit and the amenities you see as priority for your trip.
I stayed at The Grove of Narberth, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, The Grove is an independent boutique hotel in a country location overlooking the Preseli hills, it’s a stunning hideaway, perfect for some rest ad relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the villages and towns of Pembrokeshire, yet only a five minute drive to the small village of Narberth.
The hotel has a 3 AAA rosette restaurant and a fabulous sustainability policy including their very own kitchen garden and Tesla and electric car charging points. The service is incredible yet there’s a home away from home feel about the understated luxury here.
The hotel is also within 20-30 minute’s drive from most of the coastal locations and points of interest in the region.
What to See & Do
Pembrokeshire is a vast area with so many things to do and see, from adventure day trips to luxury activities. It really is a place to suit all ages and budgets.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail runs along the coastline for 186 miles or 299km of some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain.
Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.
Complete the path in one go can take around 10-15 days and would take quite a lot of effort and perseverance but the rewards are bountiful with such stunning views, local cuisine and the friendly Welsh locals.
From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys.
Cwm Deri Vineyard
A must visit when you’re in the area is the Cwm Deri Vineyard, a vineyard that is keen on sustainable practices and make a large collection of wines, gins, liquors on their 3,000 vine estate. They also have the option of renting accommodation in their rural surroundings such as cottages and shepherds huts. Try the wine tasting with cheeseboard or enjoy it with lunch or dinner inside or on their terrace. You can also take a peaceful walk around their estate and see the vines and bottling process for yourself.
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Carew is situated on the Carew River, four miles east of Pembroke. This tiny hamlet is dominated by the 13th-century castle that stands proudly over the millpond. Carew Castle is one of Pembrokeshire’s finest castles historically as it was occupied continuously from the 12th to the 17th centuries by which time it had been transformed into a magnificent Elizabethan mansion by Sir John Perrot. With its busy programme of pageants and re-enactments during the summer months, it’s a must for the visitor.
The Carew Cross is a royal memorial to Mareddud ap Edwin, joint ruler of the kingdom of Deheubarth (South West Wales) who was killed in 1035. This fine Celtic Cross is one of Wales’ most famous monuments.
Carew Tidal Mill is a fascinating French mill, restored by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in 1972. It is the only intact tidal mill in Wales.
Carew hamlet features some beautiful cottages and holiday lets as well as The French Chimney. These round and square chimneys were a huge part of the Pembrokeshire architecture in the medieval times as well as the early modern Pembrokeshire. This one is a fine example, and is thought to date back to 1592.
- Food & Drink: Carew has a lovely cosy pub across from the castle, The Carew Inn which is open daily and is great to visit after you’ve been around the castle.
- How to get to Carew: Carew is connected by Pembrokeshire bus services 360 and 361 linking Carew with Pembroke Dock and Tenby, which also have railway stations.
- Driving Post Code: SA70 8SL
Be-lavie Tip: walk over Carew bridge and left from the castle to get different perspectives of the area where you can also get some great panoramic images and get close to the Tidal Mill.
Narberth is a beautiful little market town in the east of Pembrokeshire. Multicoloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings line the high street, which has developed quite a reputation as a shopper’s heaven. Independent shops selling a whole range of exquisite items from fine art to fine food, vintage and antique shops. Oh and when you fancy a bite to eat, there are award-winning cafes, pubs and restaurants galore to tantalise your tastebuds.
Don’t miss Narberth Castle, a rectangular castle with towers on each corner but, unfortunately, not much remains today and is more of a ruins but apparently has lots of legends attached to it… Narberth museum is great to have a mooch around and Narberth Carnival.
- Food & Drink: There are four pubs and a plethora of cute independent cafes and restaurants to try. If you love seafood the Madtom café bar with its individual greenhouse seating may be for you!
- How to get Narberth: Narberth has a railway station about a mile outside of town and is well connected to Tenby.
- Driving Postcode: SA66 7AG
Be-lavie Tip: Narberth is a five minute drive to The Grove of Narberth and a must visit if you’re staying there to catch a glimpse of local life.
Bosherton Village & Bosherton Lily Ponds
The limestone cliffs around Bosherston make this tiny hamlet a climbing mecca and are criss crossed by up to a thousand hard climbing routes including some of the most taxing routes in the UK.
The village is clustered around the local parish church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. It was built in the late 1200s on the foundations of an even earlier place of worship.
There are three flooded limestone valleys best known for their covering carpet of lilies, which are at their best in June. A footpath winds its way around the banks to the spectacular beach at Broad Haven South. The lily ponds are completely stunning and definitely a must to do on your itinerary.
The ponds were the brainchild of the Cawdor family, who owned the land and dammed the rivers to form the lily-covered ponds, decorating it with the romantic eight-arched stone bridge. The result is a haven-like trail that’s bursting with wildlife all year round – buzzing with dragonflies, swallows, and house martins. It should take half an hour to walk the ponds and explore the Mere Valley ponds behind the dunes of Broadhaven beach.
These freshwater lakes cover around 100 acres and are part of a National Nature Reserve and home to otters, wildfowl and 30 species of dragonflies. The ponds also offer good coarse fishing and are well stocked.
Best time to see Lilies is June, although you can spot them from September and otters can be seen in the lakes usually around early morning.
- Food & Drink: There is a pub, the St Govan’s Country Inn in Bosherston. Ye Olde Worlde Cafe has been serving tea on their front lawn since the 1920s. It’s a Pembrokeshire must do I hear, however I ran out of time! Tell me what you think if you do go!
- How to get to Bosherston : It’s on the route of the Coastal Cruiser, service number 388 and links the Castlemartin peninsula villages to Pembroke, which also have a railway station.
- Driving Postcode: SA71 5DR
Be-lavie Tip: Try to visit in June to see the lillies in full bloom, it’s truly stunning. If you’re a National Trust Member, show your membership card to park for free.
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Amroth is located on the south coast of Pembrokeshire seven miles east of Tenby and at the start (or end, if you walk it the other way round) of the world renowned 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
There is a petrified drowned forest, which you can see when the tide is very low. The petrified tree stumps can be seen poking through the sand and they have been dated to the last ice age!
Nearby is the National Trust’s Colby Woodland Gardens. The gardens are a must for visitors, particularly during spring and autumn. There are also open-air theatre and family events usually happening throughout the summer.
- Food & drink: Behind Amroth beach at the east end is a pub, The New Inn, a 16th Century family-run public house serving homemade food including local fresh fish. The main village is at the west end where you can find another two pubs, a village shop and a cafe
- How to get to Amroth: The coastal bus service number 351 links Amroth and the south coast to Tenby. Tenby and Saundersfoot both have a railway station.
- Driving Postcode: SA67 8NG
Be-lavie Tip: Amroth is only a 20 minute drive to Cwm Deri Vineyard and can be toed in as part of a day trip with a driver if you intend on doing some wine tasting.
Tenby & Tenby North Beach
Tenby North Beach is an excellent, sheltered, sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand right in the middle.
Instagram lovers, you’ll note that this is one of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end. An enclosed, east facing beach, it’s a real sun trap even on a windy day and a great spot to stay sheltered.
Tenby has three great beaches; north, south and castle, each with its own charm and character and they all face different directions! Oh and don’t forget the Tenby Harbour with all beautiful boats ahoy!
The National Trust owned Tudor Merchant’s House, is a fascinating house that has been recreated to look like it would have been in the late 15th century. Children can dress up in medieval costumes and re-enact life 500 years ago!!
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Hill near the harbour is the oldest independent museum in Wales. A lot of their innovative exhibits are designed for children such as a Beware! Pirates! exhibit that includes dressing up as a pirate.
Regular boat trips run from Tenby harbour to Caldey Island when the tide is in. When the tide is out, the harbour is dry, so a pontoon off Castle Beach is used. Caldey Island was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1997.
Caldey Island, just offshore from Tenby South Beach is owned by monks of The Cistercian Order and has an active monastery. Attractions on the island include the 12thCentury Priory, Museum, Perfume Shop, Tea Gardens plus one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire. There is a guesthouse and self catering accommodation on the island for retreats.
- Awards: Blue Flag Beach 2020
- Food & Drink: You’re spoilt for choice in Tenby. You won’t find chain restaurants but what you will find is quality places to eat whatever your budget. The South Beach bar and bistro is a new contemporary restaurant right on the beach or Top Joe’s pizzeria in Upper Frog Street, which was named the second best pizzeria in the UK by Tripadvisor.
- Getting to Tenby: Tenby has excellent connections including a railway station with a two hourly service from Swansea or the ferry port at Pembroke Dock. Bus services operate all along the south coast and inland to Haverfordwest and Kilgetty.
- Driving Postcode: SA70 7AD (central between North & South Beaches.
Be-lavie Tip: For a day exploring the Tenby beaches and Caldey Island, start your day early to get the most out of the experience, especially if you’re not based in Tenby itself.
Skrinkle Haven Beach
For many years this part of the coast was a military area and closed to the public. Old Castle Head is still in use as a firing range, so you may hear loud bangs as you walk past, but the Coast Path is permanently open. The National Park Authority bought some 18 hectares (45 acres) of former army land in 1982. The strikingly designed Youth Hostel was converted from a military building. The bay contains a sandy beach and a rocky cove, separated by a narrow rib of limestone known as the Church Doors. because of its great arched cave entrances. Skrinkle Haven marks the reappearance of the boundary between the Old Red Sandstone and the Carboniferous Limestone. The cliffs here are very unstable and access to the beach is restricted.
- Food & Drink: I’d recommend a packed lunch but there is a café next to the hostel where you can purchase snacks from or the closest pub is the Lydstep tavern.
- How to get to Skrinkle Haven Beach: Skrinkle Haven Beach is a short drive from Tenby. There is a car park opposite the hostel, but you can also continue over a cattle grid to a small clifftop car park which is a two minute walk from the Church Doors. The beach itself is accessed by walking around the limestone ridge, which is only possible when the tide is low and only for a short period of time. There are concrete steps and a metal stairway down to the Church Doors – 140 steps in total. The path to the cove run close to the cliff edge so be extra careful in bad weather as the path can be slippery, the winds can be powerful and visibility can be poor but on a clear day from here there are high level views of Old Castle Head, Lydstep Head, Caldey Island and distant views of the Bristol Channel.
- Driving Postcode: SA70 7SH
Be-lavie Tip: If you’re walking down to the cove and Church Doors, take studry foot wear such a hiking boots or non-slip trainers. Note the steps are pretty steep and narrow but the views are well worth it!
A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees, accessible only by a half mile walk from the nearest car park. Swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters. Barafundle has been voted many, many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world; it’s often likened to a Caribbean beach! This pristine beach is isolated which means no facilities; so everything you take has to come back up over the cliffs.
- Awards: Blue Flag Beach, 2019 Seaside Award, 2019 Green Coast Award, 2019 Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards Best UK Beaches, 5th place, 2017 Passport Magazine’s Best Beaches In The World, 2006 Country Life magazine best place for a picnic in the UK.
- Food & Drink: If you’re using the National Trust Stackpole Quay carpark, grab some hot and cold food and drink options at The Boathouse café adjacent to the car oark.
- How to get to Barafundle: You can’t drive to the beach itself with the nearest carpark at Stackpole Quay. Access is only on foot via the Coast Path either from Stackpole (0.5miles) or Broad Haven South (1.3miles). Once there, entrance to the beach is via steps on the northern approach and with no facilities, it means anything you need to bring with you has to be carried – there and back. Stackpole Quay National Trust car park is around ½ mile from the beach,
- Driving Postcode: SA71 5LS
Be-lavie Tip: National Trust members should bring their card as the car sticker alone won’t be acceptable. Have a peruse at the mobile book stall whilst enjoying your food and drinks on the picnic benches at Stackpole Quay.
Broad Haven South Beach
This is an idyllic beach where you can spend the entire day relaxing amongst sand dunes and long stretches of secluded sandy beach. It’s backed by dunes that lead from the National Trust owned Bosherton lakes (lily Ponds). The boulders and island are a great place to explore as there are caves and springs gushing off the cliffs. At low tide, the convoluted low cliffs on the East side have a few small caves.
- Food & Drink: There’s a small food van in the car park but on busy days can run out of food by lunchtime however there is a pub, café and shop in close-by Bosherton.
- How to get to Bosherton. Access for wheelchair users and pushchairs is best via the Lily ponds from Bosherton as there are boardwalks onto the sand. You can park either at the Broad Haven South Car Park for normal access of the Bosherton Lily Ponds car park as both are National Trust.
- Driving Postcode: SA71 5DR
Be-lavie Tip: Bring a picnic to avoid havng to make the steep walk back up to purchase food from the truck and check tide times as the current is pretty strong here.
Saint Govan’s Chapel
A tiny hermit’s cell built into the cliff at St Govan’s, near Bosherston, South Pembrokeshire.
Legend has it…
A saint called St Govan lived in Pembrokeshire and as he was walking along the south coast of the county, he was seen and pursued by a gang of bloodthirsty pirates. Miraculously as he was running away from these pirates, a cleft opened up in the cliff above him and he was able to tuck inside it and hide. It was so tight that today you can still see the marks his rib cage made on the rocks.
St Govan stayed in hiding until the pirates sailed away. Then the cleft in the rock opened up again. But St Govan quickly decided that the safest thing for him would be to continue living in that rocky cell. He also had a magic bell and this St Govan would always ring, most probably to warn anyone else in the area, whenever the pirates returned.
The pirates were not happy about St Govan’s bell and cunningly they managed to steal it. However, justice was done to those evil men when a terrible storm blew up, and in the storm, their ship was sunk. Angels then came and retrieved the bell. When they brought it back to St Govan, they encased it in the middle of a huge rock so that it would never again be stolen. You can still see ‘bell rock’. Legend has it that you can make a wish while standing on the rock. Be sure to count the steps down and up again, apparently it’s said that the number are not the same on the way down to the way up. I was too out of breath to notice!
- Food & Drink: The closest places are in Bosherton as previously mentioned.
- How to get to St Govan’s Chapel: Driving via Bosherton is the easiest and follow the signs for St. Govans.
- Car Park Address: St Govan’s Head, Nr Bosherton SA71 5DR
Be-lavie Tip: The walk down and up via steep stairs, be sure you have non-slip shoes. The road to the St Govans passes through an MOD army tank range and is closed at certain times. I advise checking if the range is open to the public: Pembroke Visitor Centre – 01437 776499 or Castlemartin Range – 01646 662367 or check online
Broad Haven North Beach
Broad Haven is located seven miles from Haverfordwest, it is a traditional seaside village towards the southern end of St Bride’s Bay in Pembrokeshire. It is an open, west-facing bay with a large sandy beach and has been one of Pembrokeshire’s most popular leisure spots since 1800, when there were bathing machines on the beach.
These days it’s used more by windsurfers and surfers when conditions are right. Cafes, pubs and restaurants are located behind the beach and surf board hire is also available.
- Awards: 2019 Blue Flag Beach and 2019 Seaside Award
- Food & drink: . There are several local shops and a post office located just along the sea front. Surprisingly for a small village you will find a number of bars and pubs, as well as a bistro serving delicious, fresh foods.
- How to get to Freshwater Bay: Two car parks providing up to 200 spaces; the smaller car park on the seafront fills up very quickly though, especially on a weekend.
- Driving Postcode: SA62 3JW
Be-lavie Tip: Grab some fresh fish and chips from the beach side hut/shack and enjoying them on the beach! Very nostalgic British seaside experience.
Freshwater West Beach
This sand and rocky beach is always on the list of surfers for the perfect wave and is referred to as a surfers paradise.
This south-westerly facing beach has the best waves in the county BUT it’s only for the experienced and strong swimming surfer. Strong rip currents occur off this beach. It’s the best place to go to watch surfing.
The beach is wide, sandy, and backed by an extensive system of dunes. The dunes are fragile, so no camping or barbeques are allowed. There’s a rocky reef at the southern end and some quiet bays at the other.
Freshwater West has featured in two films – Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where it was used as the backdrop for Dobby’s Shell Cottage, which was built on-site down to the smallest detail including the seaweed. Although the cottage was taken down after filming you can still walk in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
- Food & Drink: there is a shop and café on the side of the car park for hot and cold snacks.
- How to get to Freshwater West: It’s located on the B4319. Follow the B4319 from Pembroke or the B4320 from Angle.
- Driving Postcode: SA71 5AH
Be-lavie Tip: Check tide times before walking along the beach as the current is strong here and the tide comes in faster than expected.
The quaint village of Little Haven is on the west coast of Pembrokeshire at the southern end of St Brides Bay. An old fishing village with a good deal of charm and character. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has designated Little Haven as a conservation area.
Little Haven beach is the focus of activity; it’s a tiny little cove at high tide but at low tide, however, you can walk round to a wide bay called The Settlands and on round to Broad Haven if the tide is right out.
- Food & Drink: There are three pubs in Little Haven, The Saint Brides Inn by the car park, The Castle on the sea front and The Swan on the path heading to The Point. They all provide food. A small seafront café and a bistro are also available.
- How to get to Little Haven: Little Haven is connected to the coastal bus service 400: The Puffin Shuttle. It connects all the St Brides Bay villages between St Davids and Marloes.
- Driving Postcode:SA62 3UH
Be-lavie Tip: Check out the cute little cottages and holiday lets in the village if you’re only there for a day.
Saundersfoot is a wide flat, sandy beach at low tide but still plenty of space at high tide with a pretty harbour. Stunning views from the top of the hill. Regular events such as The World Cawl cooking championships take place here and there is a real seaside town spirit in Saundersfoot.
- Awards : Blue Flag Beach 2020
- Food & Drink: Saundersfoot has an array of restaurants, shop, bars and café’s to choose from specialising in seafood. I would highly recommend booking as often the ones closest to the beach can be fully booked. The Stone Crab was a popular as well as the Harbour Bites adjacent to the sailing club for light bites and great hot chocolate!
- How to get to Saundersfoot: It’s within easy access of the coastal route and located close to Tenby. There is s trains station in Saundersfoot and the national bus route serves the town. There’s a large privately run car park next to the harbour. Large National Park car park 200m from the beach.
- Driving Postcode: SA69 9AB
Be-lavie Tip: Parking at the harbour front car park is a great location to access all areas of the beach and is in close proximity to the restaurants and cafes.
St Davids is named after the patron saint of Wales, Saint David. St Davids is the smallest city in Britain with a population of just over 1,600. City status was awarded to St Davids and was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1972.
St Davids Peninsula has some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire. This is the heart of The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and The Coast Path walking is delightful.
A number of boat operators offer wildlife watching boat trips on fast, high powered RIB’s. Whale and Dolphin watching trips are very popular in the summer as are longer trips to see the huge gathering of gannets nesting site on Grassholm Island. Thousand Island Adventures also have a more traditional boat that lands on the RSPB reserve on Ramsey Island.
- Food & Drink: The Refectory café and restaurant in St Davids cathedral serves coffee’s as well as lunches. A few of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants include St Davids Kitchen, Cwtch Restaurant, The Farmers Arms, The Bench, The Grove, Pebbles, The Meadow, The Bishops and the Old Cross. Oh and there’s also Gianni’s Ice Cream and a there’s a fish and chip shop.
- How to get to St. David’s: The nearest railway station is either Fishguard or Haverfordwest. Ongoing bus services to St Davids run several times a day.
- The coastline is well served by the Puffin Shuttle, which heads down around St Brides Bay and the Strumble Shuttle, which connects various points on the coast between St Davids and Fishguard. Both services are ideal for anyone walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Services usually run in the morning to drop you off at your start point and then return in the afternoon to pick you up.
- Driving Postcode: SA62 6SD
Be-lavie Tip: If you love bird watching then I’d highly recommend a boat trip to Ramsey Island. It’s also a quiet place and great for relaxing.
Pembrokeshire is often referred to as the Land of Legends which is peppered with medieval castles and prehistoric tombs. Here are a few I visited and loved.
Sturdy Norman castle, which evolved over the centuries into a stately Elizabethan country house – its stonework traces the changes, from rough-and-ready to refined, and there’s more. The castle, stunningly located on a tidal river, overlooks a 23-acre millpond and restored tidal mill open to visitors. This heritage-rich location also boasts an elaborately carved 11th-century Celtic cross and medieval bridge.
There is ample parking, a pub close-by and the castle regularly hosts enactments.
- Address: Carew Castle & Tidal Mill. Castle Lane, Carew, Tenby SA70 8SL
- Website: Carew Castle
- Tel: 01646 651782
- Reviews: See what travellers are saying about their visit to Carew Castle
Pembroke castle is a big fortress and birthplace of Henry VII. You can explore the towers, battlements, turrets and underground cavern. Dramatic exhibitions recreate important scenes in the castle’s turbulent history. Programme of family-friendly events and activities.
The castle is mostly surrounded by a serene mill pond. Extensively restored in Victorian times, it’s dominated by the complex gatehouse on the outside and the huge circular keep once you’re inside. The walled town of Pembroke, which grew up around the castle also contains many ancient and interesting Norman buildings.
The castle features, impressive five storey central keep with intact domed roof, a complex gatehouse that dominates Pembroke’s Main Street, historical displays in the gatehouse rooms, Wogan’s Cavern, a large subterranean cave under the castle, accessed by a tight spiral staircase, a maze of tunnels, stairs, towers and battlements and a circular path around inside and outside of the mill pond.
- Address: Pembroke Castle. Pembroke.SA71 4LA
- Website: Pembroke Castle
- Tel. 01646 681510 / 684585
- Reviews: See what travellers are saying about their visit to Carew Castle
Narberth Castle dates back to the 13th century is a rectangular castle with towers on each corner and built on a hill. Unfortunately, not much remains today and is referred to as more of a ruin, apparently has lots of legends attached to it. It’s worth walking up via Narbeth village and having a walk around the site, where you’ll find plaques explaining it’s history through the ages.
- Address: Narberth Castle. 4 Castle St, Narberth SA67 7BD
- Reviews: See what travellers are saying about their visit to Narberth Castle
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- Visit Wales
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- The National Trust