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Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire coast near Broad Haven by Barbara Ballard White Sands Bay near St David's by Barbara Ballard Pembrokeshire's coastal scenery makes it a popular area of Wales. Walkers flock to the 180 mile (290 km) long Pembrokeshire National Park Coast Path. It traverses a variety of terrain-dramatic clifftops, isolated sandy beaches, spectacular seascapes and wide-open views. The entire route includes 35,000 feet (10668 metres) of ascent and descent, quite a challenge for even the most experienced walkers.

Skomer Island puffin in burrow by Gareth James courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland Castle ruins and ancient burial sites offer fascinating historical architecture. Small villages and seaside towns dot the dramatic landscape. Many of the sheltered bays and inlets were once home to pirates, smugglers and ship wreckers. The offshore island of Skomer, a national nature reserve, offers sanctuary for birds.

Welsh Wildlife Centre by ceridwen courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, outside the village of Cilgerran, is a 265 acre (107ha) wildlife habitat There is a Visitor Centre with information panels. Trails lead to a spectacular gorge, water meadows, woodlands and the banks of the River Teifi. Over 130 species of birds, including the red kite, and over 20 mammals-otters, badgers, deer, water vole,water buffalo and others-call this area home.

St Govan's chapel courtesy Visit Wales Perched on the cliffside down a flight of stairs near one favourite pirate landing spot is a 6th century hermit's chapel, St Govan's. No one knows for sure why he came from Ireland to Pembrokeshire to preach and worship. The Church celebrated his life by marking March 26th as St. Govan's Day. The chapel was built by his followers.


Preseli Hills by Barbara Ballard Pentre Ifan by Barbara Ballard The Preseli Hills section of the National Park provides far reaching views across to the sea. This area of high bleak hills was once the home of the ancient Celts. Today it is dotted with isolated farms and grazing sheep. One of the most spectacular megalithic monuments in the UK, Pentre Ifan, dominates a hilltop.

Tenby Harbour by Barbara Ballard Tudor Merchant's House at Tenby by Barbara Ballard Tenby, popular since Victorian times, is a busy seaside resort with large sandy beaches and medieval walls. Here you can visit the 15th century Tudor Merchant's House, run by the National Trust. The house belonged to a middle class merchant. He would not only have lived in it with his family and servants but also conducted business from ground floor rooms. The town's museum, sited on Castle Hill by the beach, tells the history of the area.

Tenby St Mary's church by Christ Downer courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland Tenbyís 15th century St Mary's Parish Church is reputed to be the largest medieval church in Wales. It began as a rebuilding of an earlier church from the 13th century. There are several elaborate tombs and memorials inside. The plain tower is located on one side of the chancel.

Caldey Island by Barbara Ballard From Tenby take a boat to Caldey Island, home to monks for over a thousand years.

St David's on Caldey Island by Barbara Ballard Although the Benedictine monastery is closed to visitors, you can walk around the island and view a film on the abbey and visit the Parish Church of St David's. The ruins of an old church lie on the road to the lighthouse. There's a large "village" green with an assortment of touristy shops. The beach is safe for swimming.

Carew Castle by Barbara Ballard 13th century Carew Castle, set beside the tidal flats near Milford Haven, has extensive and scenic ruins. The remains of the castle include three towers, a chapel, a gatehouse, a north range, and Tudor windows. The castle was the site of the last medieval tournament in Wales.

Carew Cross by Barbara Ballard In the grounds is Carew Cross, (used as the symbol of Cadw) that commemorates Maredydd, an 11th century ruler of the Kingdom of Deheubarth in southwest Wales. The 13 ft (4 metre) high cross is considered one of the three finest in Wales.

Carew tidal mill by Barbara Ballard The 17th century Carew tidal mill, the only intact one in Wales, is one of only four in Britain. It is set within view of the castle. Water spills over a causeway at high tide, then gates would be opened to let the water out, turning the 16ft. (4.87 metres) wheel. Inside the mill is an interesting display and a recorded commentary explaining how the machinery worked. The mill ceased operation in 1937.

Cilgerran castle by Barbara Ballard The rugged ruins of 13th century Cilgerran Castle stand on a high crag. There are fragments of an outer bailey, a curtain wall, a cross-wall, two round towers, a gate tower, and east and west towers. The castle was made famous as the subject of a painting by J.M. Turner.

Pembroke Castle courtesy Visit Wales The busy town of Pembroke is home to a large castle, medieval town walls, and the Museum of the Home, a privately run museum across from the castle. Over 3000 fascinating historical items are on display, including medieval lovespoons. The castle was built by Roger de Montgomery in 1093 and rebuilt by the Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal, in 1189-1219. Its large stone keep dominates the skyline. There are interesting displays on the history of the castle and the times in some of the rooms. After the town's surrender to Oliver Cromwell, the townspeople plundered the castle's stones to rebuild their own houses.

St David's Cathedral by Barbara Ballard Bishop's Palace by Barbara Ballard The lively hillside town of St. David's is famous for its St. David's Cathedral, considered Wales finest church. Next to the cathedral is the ruined Bishop's Palace built between 1328-47. It has an arcaded parapet and great hall porch with decorated corbels.

Fishguard seaside by Barbara Ballard Fishguard was the scene of the last French invasion of British soil. On February 22, 1797, a small group of convicts landed nearby, proposing to conquer England. Legend states that they surrendered to a group of Welsh women dressed in black hats and red cloaks. A tapestry, completed in 1997, on display at St Mary's Church, tells the story.

Scolton Country House by Barbara Ballard The Scolton House, north of Haverfordwest, is an 1842 manor house of a country squire. There are 11 period rooms furnished in the period. A woodland centre, childrenís play area, picnic area and a museum with artifacts relating to Pembrokeshire country life make for an interesting visit.

Strumble Head lighthouse by Barbara Ballard Follow a twisty, narrow country road to Strumble Head lighthouse on a rocky coastline. The 1908 lighthouse, situated at a site of special scientific interest, is on an islet connected to the mainland by a footbridge. It provides unrivaled views over the water and dramatic coastline.

Stackpole eight arched bridge by Duncan Gammon courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland The Stackpole Estate, owned by the National Trust and managed with the help of the Countryside Council for Wales, lies five miles south of Pembroke in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Much of the area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and one quarter is a National Nature Reserve. There is much of interest to see, and many walks on offer.

Pembrokeshire Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Benton Castle
Llangwm, on minor road from A4076
South of Haverfordwest

Bishopís Palace
Next to St Davidís Cathedral
In the town of St Davidís, (A487)
Tel. 0 1437 720 517

Caldey Island Priory
Caldey Island
Reached by boat from the beach of the town of Tenby on the A478
For photos and more details see our article Caldey Island

Camrose Motte
Camrose, on the B4330

Careg Samson Neolithic Burial Chamber
Near Fishguard, off the A487

Carew Castle
Carew, on banks of river Carew, off A4075
Tel. 0646 651 782
For photos and more details see our article Carew Castle, Mill and Cross

Carew Tidal Mill
At Carew Castle, Carew; on the A4075
For photos and more details see our article Carew Castle, Mill, and Cross

Carn Ingli
Newport

Carreg Coetan Arthur Burial Chamber
Off A487, on outskirts of Newport (3 miles west) behind housing development

Carswell Medieval House
1.5 miles east of St Florence
Off the B4318, 3 miles west of Tenby

Castell Henllys Iron Age Settlement
Off the A487 near Newport
Tel/fax. 0 1239 891 319

Cerig Y Gof Bronze Age Burial Chamber
Just off A487 between Fishguard and Newport village

Cilgerran Castle
Minor road from village of Cilgerran; off the A478
Te. 0 1239 621 339

Colby Woodland Garden
Colby Lodge, Amroth, Narbeth
Follow brown signs from A477 Tenby to Carmarthen Road
Tel. 0 1834 811 885

Dingle Gardens, The
Crundale, on the B4329
Three miles north-east of Haverfordwest which is on the A4076
Tel. 0437 764 370

Dyffryn Syfynwy (Henry's Moat) Cairn
From B4413 to Rosebush, then Tufton, Pembrokeshire; car park beside reservoir, then a track; best to get local directions

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
Begelly, Kilgetty, near Tenby, SA68 0XA
Detailed instructions on website; brown signposts
Tel. 0 1834 812 731
Web: Folly Farm

Garn Turne Neolithic Burial Chamber
East of Wolfís Castle on the A40

Gors Fawr Standing Stones and Circle
Near minor road from A478 north of Efailwen

Haverfordwest Castle
Haverfordwest, on the A40/A4076
On 80ft high hilltop above River Cleddau in centre of town

Haverfordwest Priory
Haverfordwest, on the A40/A4076

Hean Castle Gardens
One mile north of Saundersfoot; on the B4316

Kingís Quoit
Manorbier, off B4585 above the bay

Lamphey Bishopís Palace
Lamphey, from the A4139, Pembroke
Tel. 0 1646 672 224

Laugharne Castle and Gardens
Laugharne; on the Taf River estuary
Access from A4066 St Clears
Tel. 0 1554 890 104

Llawhaden Castle
Llawhaden
Minor road from Canaston Bridge off A4075

Manorbier Castle
Overlooking Manorbier Bay, at Manorbier On the B4585, west of Tenby
Tel. 0 1834 871 394

Manorowen Walled Garden
On A487, one mile south of Goodwick
Tel. 0 1348 872 168

Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry
Dre-fach Felindre, Llandysul; off the A484
Tel. 0559 370 929

Narbeth Castle
Narbeth

Nevern Castle
Nevern, off the A487

Newport Castle
Newport, on the A487

Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery
Caerfai Road, St Davids
Tel. 0 1437 720 392
Web: Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery

Parc Y Meirw Bronze Age Stone Row
Near A487 Fishguard to Newport road
west of the Preseli Hills

Pembroke Castle
Pembroke, on the A4139
Tel. 0 1646 681 510
For photos and more details see our article Pembroke Castle
Web: Pembroke Castle

Pembrokeshire National Park
For photos and more details see our article Pembrokeshire National Park

Penlan-uchaf Farm Garden
Gwaun Valley, near Fishguard; on the A487
Tel. 0348 881 388

Pentre Ifan prehistoric burial place
Minor roads from B4329 at Crosswell
Then walk from roadside parking

Picton Castle and Gardens
Near Haverfordwest, on the A40
Tel. 0 1437 751 326

Scolton Country Park, House, and Museum
On B4329, at Scolton, north of Haverfordwest
Tel. 0 1437 731 457
For photos and more details see our article Scolton House and Country Park

Skokholm Island Nature Reserve
Skokholm Island

St Brynach Church
Nevern, on the B4582

St David Church (Caldey Island)
Caldey Island, reached by boat from Tenby

St Davidís Bishops Palace
St Davidís town, beside the cathedral of the same name
Tel. 0 1437 720517

St Davidís Cathedral
The Close, St Davidís, on the A487
Tel. 0 1437 720 199/720 204
Web: St Davidís Cathedral

St Elidyr Church
Amroth, on minor road off the A477

St Govanís Chapel
Perched down a cliffside, reached by steep flight of stairs;
On Pembrokeshire coast near Bosherton and St David's
For photos and more details see our article St Govan Chapel

St Illtud Church
Caldey Island; reached by boat from Tenby, on A478

St James and St Elidyr Church
Stackpole, on minor road off the B4319 near Pembroke

St Jeffrey and St Oswald Church
Jeffreyston off the B4586, north of Tenby

St John the Baptist Church
Carew, on the A4075

St Mary Church
High St, Haverfordwest, on the A40/4076

St Mary Church
Tenby, on the A478

St Michael and All Angels
Bosherston, on minor road off the B4319 South of Pembroke

St Michael's Church
Rudbaston, off the A40
On minor roads 4 miles north of Haverfordwest

St Nonís Chapel
Minor road off A487, south of St Davidís

St Petrox
On the B4319, south of Pembroke

St Twynnell
St Twynnell, on minor road off the B4319 South of Pembroke

Stackpole Estate
Old Home Farm, Stackpole
B4319 near Sampson Cross, Bosherton
Tel. 0 1646 661 359
For photos and more details see our article Stackpole

Stepaside Victorian School Museum
Kilgetty Lane, Stepaside, Narberth; on the A478
Tel. 0 1834 811 310

Tenby Castle
Tenby, on the A478/B4585, on a rocky headland

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Hill, Tenby, on the A487
Tel. 0 1834 842 809
Web: Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

Troed y Rhiw standing stones
Off the B4329 near Tafarn-y-bwich
Take path by a phone box

Tudor Merchantís House
Quay Hill, Tenby
Tel. 0 1834 842 279
For photos and more details see our article Tudor Merchant House

Upton Castle Gardens
Cosheston, near Pembroke, north of the A447
Near the Carew River
Tel. 0 1656 651 782

Waun Maun Prehistoric Stones
Off the B4329 near Tafarn-y-bwich

Wiston Castle
Minor roads off A40, east of Haverfordwest

Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland are as follows:
Photo of Welsh Wildlife Centre by ceridwen; Stackpole estate by Duncan Gammon; Skomer puffin by Gareth James; Tenby church by Chris Downer.
Photos of St Govanís chapel and Pembroke Castle courtesy Visit Wales
Other photos by Barbara Ballard

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