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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. The Castle is in a delightful country setting, overlooking the 23 acre Mill Pond.

Over the centuries, remarkable individuals, some with close royal connections, have made their mark on the castle. The beautiful Princess Nest, the powerful Sir Rhys ap Thomas and the ambitious Sir John Perrot are all part of the Carew story. The Great Tournament of 1507, attended by 600 nobles, was one of the last of its kind in Britain.

The castle also reflects the everyday lives of lesser figures - servants and craftsmen, priests and stewards, and common soldiery. To explore the winding stairways, the massive towers, the lofty halls and the many intricate rooms and passages of Carew Castle is to tread in the footsteps of both powerful lord and humble peasant.

During the summer months a wide variety of events are staged at Carew, including drama, school projects, holiday activities, battle re-enactments, country fairs and concerts. Details can be obtained from the castle.

One of only three restored tidal mills in Britain, with all its original machinery, this fine four-storey building is part of the Carew historic site. An introductory slide-tape programme is complemented by automatic 'talking points' around the mill explaining the milling process. The Story of Milling exhibition traces milling through the ages, including the development of cereal crops, sources of power and the mill's role in the farming community.

The Carew site incorporates the castle, the mill, the causeway, a medieval bridge and a picnic area, as well as the 11th century Celtic Cross, one of the three finest in Wales. A mile long walk begins in the main car park.

General Information:

  • Car Park
  • Shop
  • Picnic Area
  • Refreshments available in nearby Carew Village

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    5 miles east of Pembroke Dock, just off A477

    Carew Castle and Tidal Mill Postcode for SatNav: SA70 8SL


    +44 (0)1646 651 782
    +44 (0)1646 651 782

    SA70 8SL

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