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Things to do in Pembrokeshire

St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire
St Davids Cathedral dates back to the 12th Century

Pembrokeshire in south west Wales is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Most of the county is included in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Pembrokeshire has a spectacular coast line with majestic towering cliffs, coves and sandy beaches. It has sand dunes and river estuaries interspersed with harbours, seaside villages and towns, several of which have tourist information offices. These have maps and guides about Pembrokeshire.

Misty sea on rocks, looking towards Cardigan Island from Poppit Sands Beach St Dogmaels
Cardigan Island from Poppit Sands Beach St Dogmaels

Newport

Newport is a small town on the north coast of Pembrokeshire. It makes a convenient base for visiting the surrounding attractions.

East of Newport is Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the Pembrokeshire National Park. Thatched Iron Age buildings have been reconstructed on original foundations here. Archaeologists have been excavating the site for over twenty years.

South of Newport is Pentre Ifan, the finest megalith in Wales. This dolman dates back about 3.500BC. The capstone is over 16 ft long and is balanced on three upright stones 8ft off the ground.

Rocky coastline in Pembrokeshire South Wales with headlands
Pembrokeshire Coast

The wooded Gwaun Valley offers lovely walks and to the south are the Preseli Hills or 'Bluestone Country'. This is the source of the Preseli Blue Stones which were used to create the inner circle of standing stones at Stonehenge.

Gardeners will enjoy a visit to Bro Meigan Gardens, a 6 ½ acre plantsman's garden full of interest, perfume and colour.

Fishguard

Fishguard is best known as a busy ferry port for Rosslare in Ireland. The town has good facilities for visitors and the quaint streets and cottages of the original fishing village still remain. For the more energetically inclined, the wide sheltered bay at Fishguard is ideal for the less experienced windsurfer.

The Napoleonic Old Fort at Lower Fishguard, overlooking Goodwick Harbour was built in the late 1700s. It was armed with eight powder guns which were fired in an attempt to stop a French invasion in 1797.

A group of canoeists on the sea at Porth Clais, Pembrokeshire
Porth Clais, Pembrokeshire Coast Path

St. David's

Situated on St. David's Peninsula is one of the smallest cities in Britain. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted city status to St. David's in June 1995 because of the presence of the cathedral. In reality it is a very attractive small town which has been visited by pilgrims since the 12th century.

St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Cathedral

The cathedral and St. David's Bishops Palace, the stunning scenery, beaches and wildlife on the peninsula attract thousands of visitors each year. St David's Cathedral Festival is an annual event held at the end of May and beginning of June when the cathedral is host to a feast of classical music.

Boat trips are available from St. David's to Ramsay Island where RSPB Reserve, is home to the second largest grey seal colony in Britain.

St. Bride's Bay

South east is St. Brides Bay. There are sandy beaches at Newgate, Broad Haven and Little Haven, alomng with many villages and seaside resorts along the coast.

Inland, Haverfordwest is Pembrokeshire's county town, overlooked by the ruins of its Norman castle. Haverfordwest Town Museum is to be found in its grounds and contains the heritage of the town from Norman times to the present day.

Dramatic sky over a sandy bay at Porth Melgan seen from Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Porth Melgan from Pembrokeshire Coast Path

North east at Spittal is Pembrokeshire's County Museum, where Scolton Visitor Centre provides an all weather attraction. A short drive inland at Narbeth is Oakwood Park, one of Wales' largest tourist attractions, with fun for all the family.

At the southern end of St. Brides Bay boat trips from Martin's Haven are available to visit Skomer and Skoklolm Islands to see the wide variety of bird life and rare wild flowers.

Milford Haven

A Pembrokeshire Tourist Information Office can be found in Milford Haven, a town with one of the largest natural harbours in Britain. The docks have been developed into a 150-berth marina.

Milford Haven Museum, on the quayside, tells the story of the town's history. There is a leisure centre, theatre and an 18 hole golf course just out of town.

Pembroke

Across the estuary you will find the Ferry Terminal at Pembroke Dock. There are water sport facilities here, along with the Martello Gun Tower which traces the history of the Milford Haven waterway.

View of Pembroke Castle clearly reflected in still water
Historic Pembroke Castle

The historic town of Pembroke also offers tourist information in the visitor centre on Commons Road. The town is dominated by Pembroke Castle, one of the largest and most impressive Norman castles in Britain.

Pembroke stages many events and historic displays by the Sealed Knot Society and military tattoos.

Nearby is Lamphey Bishop's Palace. It was built by Henry de Gower, bishop of St David's from 1328-1347.

View of Tenby in Pembrokeshire including the beach and the sea
Tenby

Tenby

On the south coast is the ancient walled town of Tenby, an attractive holiday resort with a lovely beach and excellent facilities for shopping, dining, leisure and water sports. The medieval castle overlooking the harbour is home to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

Boat trips from the harbour take visitors to Caldey Island, home of the Reformed Order of Cistercian monks who farm the island and sell home-made products. The island is a haven of piece and tranquillity. A visit here is a unique experience.

Attractions near Tenby include Manor House Wild Animal Park. This is a delightful day out for animal lovers. Carew Castle and Tidal Mill is one of Pembrokeshire's finest castles, situated on the shore of the millpond. A programme of events are held at the castle in summer.

View of Saundersfoot, a Pembrokeshire fishing village and seaside resort showing the beach, and boats in the foreground
Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Saundersfoot

One of the most visited places in Wales is Saundersfoot, loved for its sandy beach and harbour, which offers safe water sports and fishing. To the north at Kilgetty is Folly Farm, complete with an undercover fun fair. East of Saundersfoot is Amroth where the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path both starts and ends.


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Days out in Pembrokeshire

  • Bro Meigan Gardens
    The 6.5 acres of gardens overlook the Preseli Hills and are perfect for gardeners, artists, photographers, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.
    Bro Meigan Gardens
  • Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
    Carew is one of the few castles to display the development from Norman fortification to Elizabethan country house. There is evidence of a much earlier settlement, dating back perhaps some 2,000 years.
    Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
  • Folly Farm
    Folly Farm is one of Wales' largest family attractions. Daily entertainment ensures a fun-packed day for the whole family.
    Folly Farm
  • Lamphey Bishops Palace
    The medieval bishops of St Davids were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status. At Lamphey, near Pembroke, they built for themselves a magnificent retreat away from the worries of Church and State.
    Lamphey Bishops Palace
  • Manor House Wildlife Park
    Anna Ryder Richardson's Wild Welsh Zoo has something for everyone!In this charming park you'll experience close-up meetings with endangered animals from all over the world.
    Manor House Wildlife Park
  • Oakwood Theme Park
    Set in 80 acres of spectacular Pembrokeshire countryside Oakwood is one of the UK's leading theme parks.
    Oakwood Theme Park
  • Pembroke Castle
    Pembroke Castle is one of the largest castles in Wales. It was not a royal castle but the possession of a private lord - his residence and the administrative centre of his territories.
    Pembroke Castle
  • Scolton Museum & Visitor Centre
    Discover more about your environment, landscape, wildlife, history, culture, energy resources and much, much more….
    Scolton Museum & Visitor Centre
  • St Davids Bishops Palace
    St Davids Bishop's Palace even in ruin, still conveys the affluence and power of the medieval church. The bishops of St Davids in the middle ages enjoyed all the trapping of wealth and influence.
    St Davids Bishops Palace
  • Tenby Museum & Art Gallery
    Founded in 1878, Tenby Museum & Art Gallery is situated in part of the medieval castle, overlooking Castle Beach and Caldey Island
    Tenby Museum & Art Gallery



Places to Visit in Pembrokeshire

  • Bosherston
    Bosherston is a peaceful historic village within the lovely Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Its main attractions are the long sandy beach at Broad Haven and the famous lily ponds on the former Stackpole Estate.
    Bosherston
  • Haverfordwest
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    Haverfordwest
  • Landshipping
    The tiny riverside hamlet of Landshipping is located opposite the majestic Picton castle, nestled on the banks of the eastern Cleddau's secret waterway. Once the centre of the area's coal-mining industry.
    Landshipping
  • Pembroke
    Pembroke is a historic walled town in West Wales, famous for its Norman castle. Once the county town of Pembrokeshire.
    Pembroke
  • Roch
    The historic village of Roch centered on its majestic Castle which has for eons served as a vivid symbol of the lansker line the symbolic and physical divide of Pembrokeshire between English and Welsh
  • Stackpole
    Stackpole is a delightful village about 4 miles south of Pembroke on the coast of South Wales.
    Stackpole
  • Tenby
    Tenby is a delightful historic town in South Wales. It is situated on Carmarthen Bay in Pembrokeshire.
    Tenby
  • Trevine
    Trevine is now spelt as Trefin which is the welsh spelling. Pronounced "Treveen", Trefin is about 1 mile from the Square and Compass, which is on the Fishguard to St. Davids road, down towards the coast.
    Trevine










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