About 20 minutes south from us, is the pretty market town of Narberth. This lively little town is twinned with Ludlow, and both towns celebrate very successful annual food festivals.
Over the years Narberth has built up a reputation as the leading independent shopping experience in Wales with a range of fancy ladies boutiques, quality gift and antique shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. The Golden Sheaf Gallery exhibits and sells local art, ironwork, textiles and ceramics. Welsh Farmhouse sells a range of gifts and top end country fashions whilst Whites Boutique, posh womenswear. The Narberth Pottery has been making ceramics with outstanding glazes for decades. We enjoy lunch at Ultracomida, one of the best Spanish deli's in the UK. Look out for the chorizo in Welsh cider and ox cheeks cooked in fino.
The picturesque town of Tenby, 'Dinbych-y-Pysgod' meaning little town of the fishes is a town steeped in ancient history, surrounded by an imposing medieval stone wall. Tenby is one of the UK's finest coastal resorts, with a medieval centre, a stunning harbour and three gorgeous Blue Flag soft sandy beaches.
Take a look at the Tudor Merchants House, this 15th century house is the oldest furnished residence in the town. Standing on Quay Hill, between the harbour and Tudor square, it is owned and managed by the National Trust. The house is open between March and October.
A day trip by boat from Tenby Harbour to Caldey Island is always popular with our guests.
Saundersfoot is a popular coastal village near Tenby with a little harbour and large sandy beach which is very popular with holiday makers. Its harbour was originally constructed for the export of high quality anthracite coal from the many mines in the area. The course of the tramway from Bonville's Court mine bisects the village and ends at the jetty. The tramway from Stepaside now forms a stunning sea front for visitors to enjoy the magnificant view out over Carmarthen Bay to Worms Head on the Gower coast.
The walk from Saundersfoot to Monkstone point and beyond at low tide is a special experience and highly recommended. Walking the other way you will reach Coppet Hall beach which is very popular with beach goers and dog walkers alike. There is an excellent restaurant, Coast with acclaimed Head Chef Will Holland is situated right on Coppet Hall beach. The restaurant is open all year round and specialises in fish with lobster, crab and line caught seabass always featuring on the menu.
St David's is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, Wales's patron saint, and the de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales. It is the only city in the United Kingdom to lie entirely within a National Park.
The Cathedral which dates from 1181 was built on the site of the monastery where St David (Dewi Sant) died in circa 589 AD. The cathedral was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages and indeed remains so to this day attracting thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.
www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk | Tel: 01437 720199
St David's has lots of lovely shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding area has some magnificent coastline to enjoy coastal walking.
Visit St David's Bishop's Palace, view the beautifully decorated ruins, and learn about an important site in West Wales' Christian landscape. Also find out how these lovely indicators of status portray the wealth and power of its former owners.
Found next to the Cathedral and Cathedral Close in the town of St Davids, the ruins consist of an east range for private occupation and a more decorative south range, which included the great hall, for entertaining guests. Some of the Palace's greatest features are its wheel window and arcaded parapet.
St David established the original monastery in the 6th century, and the site underwent many changes throughout its history. In the 11th century the Normans created a Norman Bishop and built a defensive wall around all the structures, including the palace.
During the 13th century, major building works began, when Bishop Thomas Bek had a hall and private apartments constructed. These were possibly as a result of an impending pilgrimage from King Edward I and his queen. The majority of the ruins seen today were a result of the work of Bishop de Gower, in the early 14th century. He created a graceful and decorative atmosphere also seen in his work on the palace at Lamphey.
The Reformation brought an end to the grandeur of the site, as it began to fall into ruin through the 16th and 17th centuries and when the main bishop's residence relocated to Abergwili. The Palace was restored between 2003-2009 by CADW, which now manages the site.
Open all year round, with seasonal opening times (9.30am-6pm in high season) and good disabled access on ground floor levels. Attractions include open air theatre performances, displays in the undercroft, a cafe and a gift shop. Charges for admission, with free entry for the disabled and under fives.
Facilities include babychanging, toilets and disabled toilets. Induction loop available. Parking is pay and display. There are picnic tables and benches and dogs are welcome if kept on a lead. No smoking permitted.Visit website | Tel: 01437 720517
Porthgain is a picturesque village with a small harbour located in the Coastal National Park between St David's and Goodwick. The village originally manufactured slate which was quarried nearby before turning to brickmaking. The large brick hoppers on one side of the harbour are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and in 1987 Porthgain was designated as a conservation area for the first time.
Today the harbour is home to local fishermen and the coastal walks north and south are popular routes. The village itself boasts a very good pub called the 'Sloop Inn' and a well regarded quayside bistro called 'the Shed'. Its Harbour Lights Gallery, is arguably the leading art gallery in Pembrokeshire and features original Welsh artwork.
Solva lies on the north side of St Bride's Bay just 5 miles from St Davids, right on the Coastal Path. This picturesque village enjoys fabulous coastal walks to the east and west looking out at St Bride's Bay. The half mile walk to the east takes you to the top of the Gribin with the secluded Gwadyn beach beyond.
The rocks at the entrance to Solva Harbour make it one of the most sheltered anchorages between Fishguard and Milford Haven. Solva was the main trading centre of St Bride's Bay in the medieval period, and was important for lime burning. Several lime kilns are preserved in the harbour area. In the 19th century, Solva had around 30 registered trading ships. This coastal trade has now been replaced by tourism, and the harbour is a popular boating centre.
Solva also has a small collection of shops and galleries and some excellent pubs. Solva Woollen Mill, located at the nearby village of Middle Mill, claims to be the oldest continuously working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire.
Famous as the home of Dylan Thomas, Laugharne is an ancient town steeped in history popular with writers, artists, tourists, anglers, and bird watchers alike.
Situated on the 'heron priested' Taf estuary there are plenty of walks, a castle and a fine Norman church, and of course, Dylan Thomas's Boathouse where he wrote many major pieces of work - including Under Milk Wood.
Dylan and Caitlin lived with their children at the Boathouse from 1949 to 1953, and today it is a small heritage centre. Dylan had a long term affinity with Laugharne also living previously at "Eros" in Gosport Street and the "Sea View". Dylan is buried in St. Martin's new church yard and his grave is marked with a plain white cross.
The dramatic ruins of a Norman Castle which overlooks the estuary is also open to the public from April to the end of September.
Drink at Brown's Public House where the poet himself would have a pint, or two.
This pretty small town is situated at the edge of the Preseli Hills is an ideal base for some wonderful walks.
The town has a plenty of little shops, cafés and art galleries. There are also some excellent places to eat including Lys Meddyg, The Canteen and The Golden Lion pub.
Nearby Melin Tregwent is definitely worth a visit. This woollen mill makes and sells exclusive blankets, throws and cushions, furniture, accessories and clothing that combine authentic Welsh tradition with innovative and modern design.
At Milford Waterfront, they're building a future upon our history and creating a vibrant waterfront destination to welcome the world!
Milford Waterfront is a great place for a day out! With boutique shopping, leisurely coffees with a great view, delicious food at one of the many cafés or restaurants, boat trips, Milford Haven Museum, galleries, a bowling alley, hair and beauty salons and a marina, there's something for everyone.
Facilities – Free car parking available, child friendly, disabled facilities, dog friendly, exhibitions, food and drink facilities and free activities.
milfordwaterfront.co.uk | Tel: 01646 696360
This stunning estate is blessed with a beautiful stretch of coastline with soft sandy beaches, wooded valleys and the world renowned lily ponds.
Stackpole is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve. Tree sheltered footpaths radiate from the site of Stackpole Court, a grand mansion demolished before the National Trust owned this area.
The famous Bosherston Lakes were created 200 years ago to provide a backdrop to Stackpole Court. They have evolved into a wildlife habitat famous for its otters, water birds and dragonflies.
Cliffs, sand dunes and tiny coves alternate along eight miles of coastline. Barafundle is a jewel of a beach set between limestone cliffs and backed by dunes and woods. This secluded bay can only be reached by a cliff path walk from Stackpole Quay, with steep steps at either end. Stackpole Quay itself is a tiny harbour used by local fishermen and small pleasure boats. Broadhaven South, at the foot of the Bosherston Lakes, is another safe family bathing beach.
A little further along the coast west from Broad Haven South is St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire's most southerly point. Outstanding views along the cliffs and St Govan's Chapel, a tiny building tucked into the cliffs is a real highlight to any trip to the area.
These rugged hills in North Pembrokeshire rise to 536 metres above sea level at Foel Cwmcerwyn and are dotted with prehistoric sites including evidence of Neolithic settlements. Bluestone from the hills is believed to have been used to build the inner circle of Stonehenge.
The range stretches from Dinas Island, Cardigan Bay to Frenni Fach, near Crymych approximately 13 miles to the east. The ancient 8-mile track along the top of the range, known as the Golden Road is very popular with ramblers who enjoy panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and its coastline.
Slate quarrying was once big business in the Preseli Hills and remnants of the quarries can still be seen in Rosebush. Pop into the Tafarn Sinc at Rosebush for a good pint, full of Welsh charm.
Its only a very short walk to reach this spot. From the outside, you would never expect to find such a gem hidden at the centre of Rosebush quarry. Surrounded by rock and slate, the small freshwater lake is a calming and tranquil place. The translucent emerald green water is perfect for a swim but be warned, its pretty cold!
Start at Tafarn Sinc Restaurant in Rosebush follow track for about 500m the quarry is nestled among the mounds to your right. The quarry is equally as beautiful in rain or shine but visit on a warm sunny day and you will experience some truly magical scenery
An RSPB reserve, Ramsey is on the end of the St Davids peninsula. At nearly 400 ft in places, the western cliffs are among the highest in Wales. They are home to Ravens, Peregrines, and Buzzards. In spring, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, and Shags come to nest too. Choughs also breed on these cliffs, seeking out deep fissures and caves in which to build their nests. From mid-July, however, the cliffs empty as the auk chicks head out to the open sea. Several hundred seal pups are born each autumn on Ramsey's beaches and in the caves.
The southern heathlands of heather, gorse and coastal plants are the haunt of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, and Skylarks. The summits of Carn Ysgubor and Carn Llundain give splendid views east to the mainland, south to Skomer Island and on the clearest of days, west to Ireland.
Boat trips to and around Ramsey Island leave from St Justinian's. Once on the island there are some spectacular yet rugged trails to explore.
Skomer Island is the spectacular island home of one of our most accessible seabird colonies. The most popular bird is the puffin but there are numerous other seabirds to be seen there, too. You can take a boat trip and cruise around the island or land there and walk around the island paths. There is a good chance of seeing seals and sometimes porpoises. Skomer is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest run by the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales. It is accessible by boat from 1st April to 31st October (weather permitting).
Skomer is an island of sheltered bays and exposed headlands all painted with the graduated colours of lichen. It is known worldwide for its wildlife. Half the world's population of Manx shearwaters nest on the island and the Atlantic puffin colony of 6000 pairs is the largest in southern Britain. The Skomer vole, a subspecies of the bank vole, is unique to the island. Archaeological stone circles, standing stones and the remains of prehistoric houses are also points of interest.
Skomer is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of the island has also been designated an ancient monument. It is surrounded by a marine nature reserve and is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Boats leave throughout the spring and summer months from Martins Haven. There are no refreshments available on the island, and so you need to consider taking food and water with you.
Skokholm is managed by the Wildlife Trust for West Wales and lies just south of Skomer. The island is roughly a mile in length and half a mile across at its widest point. It has deep bays and gullies exposing interesting underlying rock strata in a variety of red and purple hues.
Surrounded by reefs and the rich seas of the Marine Nature Reserve it shares with Skomer, this island is a wildlife spectacle. It supports an incredible diversity of wildlife, including thousands of puffins, manx shearwaters and a large population of storm petrels. In the seas around the island you can see Risso's dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals whilst a little further out larger cetaceans can be spotted. Like Skomer it really is an incredible place to visit.
Boats leave four times a month from Martins Haven. Otherwise you might consider a wildlife safari from Dale or an evening boat cruise from Martins Haven.
Grassholm Island is a tiny white speck of land, 11 miles from the coast. As you approach the island, you begin to understand why it's white. It's home to the only Gannet colony in Wales and second largest in the UK. Not only are the rocks stained white with droppings but the air is white too, with thousands of Gannets on the wing. The island is a RSPB bird sanctuary.
Boat trips around the island can be organised at Martins Haven on Mondays or from St Justinians.
A pleasant boat trip from Tenby Harbour takes you to this beautiful, fascinating island. Caldey has been inhabited since the Stone Age and home to various orders of monks since Celtic times. It is now owned by monks of the Cistercian Order, whose picturesque monastery dominates the village with its imposing white facade and red turreted roofs. The Abbey Church, where the monks begin their seven daily services at 3.30am each morning, is striking in its elegant simplicity, and seems to echo the values and dedication of the monks who use it.
Caldey is a monastic island, but also much more. At the top of the jetty where you come ashore, a large-scale map shows the paths and many places of interest on the island. The glorious sands of Priory Beach spread out below you as you make your way to the village. There you can enjoy a drink and a snack in the Tea Gardens, among tall pines and friendly ducks, in the pleasant surroundings of the island's picture-book village.
From the Island Post Office you can send postcards with an additional hand-franked Caldey stamp. It is also a museum, showing the heritage and history of the island and you can find out still more from the free video, showing continuously in the nearby Video Hall. The well stocked Abbey Gift Shop offers shortbread baked in the Monastery and chocolate made on the island, while in the Perfume Shop a wonderful fragrance greets you, and you can try some of the unique Caldey Abbey Perfumes, made on the island since the 1950's. There's a different, but equally delicious aroma in the Chocolate Factory, where a small viewing area gives a tantalising glimpse of the process in action.
For those who like to get off the beaten track, a walk up to the Lighthouse offers truly spectacular panoramic views. Caldey is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and perhaps the best way to experience its outstanding natural beauty is to walk the waymarked Cliff Path. Atlantic grey seals can sometimes be seen basking in the sun on the rocks below. There is also a circular Woodland Walk, an easy stroll along the island's quiet wooded paths Caldey has a surprising variety of interesting religious buildings. Just off the Lighthouse path is the Old Priory, with its medieval courtyard and leaning spire. Inside this atmospheric old limestone church stands the Ogham Stone, inscribed in ancient script, a reminder of the half-forgotten Celtic saints who once roamed these shores. The little village church of St David's has Norman architecture, Celtic foundations and 1920's stained glass. And on the cliff behind the beach are the Caldey Calvary and Watchtower Chapel. In this simple chapel, with its towering sea view, visitors leave messages and prayers on slips of paper, inspired perhaps by the many centuries of prayer and quiet living which seem to resonate in the very stones of this special island.
On Caldey the monastery and ancient churches seem to combine with sea air and quiet, beautiful surroundings to create the island's unique atmosphere of timelessness and peace. It's a place to forget the car, the crush, and the bustle of the world, where all the family can enjoy a few hours of true relaxation and peace.
www.caldeyislandwales.com | Tel: 01834 8444453
Pembroke Castle is idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary. This mighty fortress is largely intact, and its endless passages, tunnels and stairways are great fun to explore.
Pembroke Castle has a long and fascinating history, dating from 1093; notably, Henry Tudor (Harri Tudur), who became Henry VII and inaugurated the Tudor line of monarchs, was born there in 1457. He was father to the infamous Henry VIII and grandfather of Elizabeth I.
Soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 the victorious Norman invaders looked to Wales, but it was not until 1093 that Earl Roger of Montgomery built the first Pembroke Castle with earth and timber. It was the work of William Marshall, son in law of Strongbow, conqueror of Ireland who was the man responsible for the wholesale reconstruction of the castle in stone in the late 12th/early 13th centuries.
The castle gatehouse had a complex barbican and no fewer than three portcullises. Pembroke is also noteworthy as the only castle in Britain to be built over a natural cavern: a large cave known as the Wogan.
Views from the top are tremendous and the castle's natural defensive position on a rocky promontory overlooking Milford Haven is immediately apparent. Today, Pembroke Castle is owned and managed by a Private Charitable Trust. Over the past 10 years much effort has been made to bring the history of the castle to life. Visitors will find an exhibition room telling the fascinating history of the castle and lots of exciting events are held during the year such as re-enactments, falconry and circus displays. The castle and a well stocked gift shop are open all year. There is a Snack Bar open from February to the end of November and a Brass Rubbing Centre open during the summer months and at other times by arrangement.
Brass rubbing is easy, fun and rewarding: making beautiful wall hangings and gifts everyone can take home as a personal hand-made memento. Reproducing one of these magnificent figures in bright metallic wax is an exciting and absorbing experience: try it and see. No experience is needed. Materials and friendly instruction on techniques provided in the inclusive price which starts at £1.50.
The Castle and Exhibition Rooms are open daily all year round, including Sundays at the following times:
1st April – 30th September 9.30am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.15pm)
March and October 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm)
November – February 10.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3.15pm)
The castle is closed on 24-26 December and 1st January.
The shop is accessible to visitors without the need to pay admission to the castle.
www.pembroke-castle.co.uk | Tel: 01646 684585
This splendid palace, built in the 13th and 14th centuries, lies in pretty countryside near Pembroke. The medieval buildings and grounds were a private retreat for the bishops from everyday life and there is a still a sense of this serenity today. The estate included orchards, gardens, fishponds and deer parks.
Many of the surviving structures were built by Bishop Henry de Gower, who also created much of St David's Palace. Particularly fine features include the 13th-century inner gatehouse and long hall, the latter the oldest part of the complex, as well as an undercroft and remnants of decorative windows. The site has a long history after the Reformation, including a haunting by an Elizabethan gentleman, occupation during the Civil War, and use as farm buildings. The palace's latest claim to fame is its use in the BBC adaptation, The White Queen. Free admission, seasonal opening times (please check the website), and free parking in a layby across the road. No smoking.
Visit website | Tel: 01646 672224
On a flat site by the Carew river, the castle changed from a fortress to a grand Elizabethan mansion. The castle was begun after 1100 by Gerald of Windsor with a stone tower, unusual in these first castles. This remains amid later additions made for the de Carew family in the 1280s on the east side of the courtyard. The dramatic west side, with a great hall between two drum towers, was built in the early fourteenth century. The transformation into a Tudor house began in around 1507 with Sir Rhys ap Thomas, one of the Welsh knights who had risen to prominence with the new Welsh dynasty, the Tudors.
The entrance to the great hall has the arms of Henry VII, his eldest son Prince Arthur and Arthur's bride Catherine of Aragon. But Arthur died and the family fell foul of the second son, Henry VIII. Sir Rhys' grandson, Sir Rhys ap Gruffudd was executed in 1531. So it was Sir John Perrot, a favourite of Elizabeth I who completed the work, or nearly did before his disgrace in 1591. In the northern front is a display of Elizabethan mullioned windows with two semi-circular bow-windows to break up the length. The castle was damaged in the civil war and gradually ruined.
Across the spectacular tidal mill-pond is a large nineteenth-century Tidal Mill, and by the car-park, the Carew Cross, the best Celtic Cross in Britain, erected in about 1035, covered in Celtic patterning.
Carew Castle is leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is run as a visitor attraction and educational site.
The Castle is open daily all year, The Mill is open between March and October.
For further information phone Pembrokeshire Country Council on 01437 764551 ext. 5227 during office hours. Admission charges are payable.
Disabled Access: There is wheelchair access to the ground floor of both the Castle, the Mill and both shops. The mile round walk is also wheelchair friendly. There are two disabled toilets situated at castle reception and mill lane (opened with RADA key). A wheelchair is available from the castle reception for loan for those who have mobility difficulties.
Toilets: Main public toilets are situated at Carew Castle reception. (Please note: there are no public toilets at Carew Tidal Mill).
Gifts: Shops are situated at both castle and mill receptions open 10 am - 5 pm (during main season.
Car Parking: There is ample parking for both coaches and cars.
Picnic Sites: The main picnic site is situated on the North side of the Mill Pond. However, all are welcome to picnic on any grassed areas open to the public.
Guided Tours: Tours of the castle are provided free of charge at 2.30 pm daily except during winter opening hours
Visit website | Tel: 01646 651782
Picton Castle comprises 40 acres of some of the most beautiful woodland gardens and grounds in West Wales. The estate is situated close to the Cleddau Estuary, known locally as the 'hidden waterway'.
Picton Castle is a most unusual ancient building being in design half fortified manor house and half fully developed medieval castle. From the outside with its four symmetrically spaced half round towers and gatehouse entrance flanked by two narrower towers it looks like a miniature version of a great Edwardian Castle such as Conwy in North Wales. However as soon as one enters inside it is revealed not to have an inner courtyard and keep but rather a series of finely planned rooms typical of the grand country house that it is. There is no other building quite like it in Britain.
The woodland walks hold some of the largest and oldest trees in West Wales along with magnificent Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias. Unique to Picton are the Rhododendrons, raised over the years by our own head gardeners and include rare species including Myrtles, Embrothium and Eucryphia. You will discover abundant feasts of wild flowers that blend with unusual woodland shrubs from all corners of the world. The Walled Garden is an enchanting riot of colour in the summer months with its elegant fountain, rose strewn arches and medicinal herbs all labelled with their remedies. Seek out the door that leads to the fernery, a tranquil and fascinating habitat for less hardy fern species.
It's worth a visit to Picton just to have lunch in Maria's! Mediterranean salads, Spanish style meals with a glass or two of wine or beer, followed by a selection of indulgent home made cakes and delicious coffee are a great reward after a brisk woodland walk.
Picton is a very special place at any time of year. Please check website to confirm opening hours.
Please note Gardens maybe closed in high winds or adverse weather conditions to all visitors to ensure visitor safety.
Please note that castle tours are restricted when wedding ceremonies take place in the Great Hall; Please phone to confirm tour times.
Winter: Please see our Events Listing page for details of February and October Half Term Openings and the programme of Weekend Openings in Autumn and Winter.
Dogs admitted only on leads.
www.pictoncastle.co.uk | Tel: 01437 751369
Pretty wild flowers grow within the cracks in the walls of this Norman castle, a stones throw from the sea and a beautiful unspoilt beach, set within in an idyllic valley in some of the most scenic parts of Pembrokeshire. Arrive at the castle to see fine views over Manorbier Bay. Come face to face with the impressive façade of the gatehouse and curtain walls.
Enjoy seasonal events from July to November for all the family - learn about falconry, visit the various fêtes, be entertained by the Theatre, listen to music in the perfect setting, or meet dragons! Details are on their website.
The castle features a great hall, chapel and turrets, with its inner courtyard surrounding beautiful gardens and well-manicured lawns. The roofed chapel now hosts civil ceremonies and wedding receptions for modern-day guests.
Manorbier Castle is the birthplace of Gerald of Wales in 1146, grandson of the Welsh princess Nest. The present structure largely dates to the 12th century rebuilt by William de Barri on the site of an earlier, 11th century, earth and timber motte and bailey, on lands granted for his father Odo's loyalty during the Norman Conquest.
Notable features include the huge interior chimneys of possible industrial nature, and the Watergate, in use when the waters of the bay once reached the castle walls. The preservation of the castle is due largely to its relatively uneventful military life as well as 19th-century restorations. The Norman church sits on the opposing hillside. Whilst Manorbier Castle is a special Norman baronial residence overlooking the beach. It was once described as 'the pleasantest place in Wales'.
The former guardroom houses the gift shop, and a café sells locally made ice creams and cakes, coffee and soup. Car parking is available at the local beach car park. Dogs are allowed on the lead. The site is open every day 10-5, dependant on special events.
Located 2km south of Manorbier Station, with good bus links from Tenby. Alternatively take the A4139 west from Tenby and then the B4585 south.
manorbiercastle.co.uk | Tel: 01834 871394
Upton Castle and Gardens are several gardens in one. A walled garden and formal rose garden are surround by an arboretum of rare trees planted in the 1920's and 30's.
Upton Castle is a small castle the earliest remaining part of which is believed to date from the 12th/ 13th century. Three of the original towers survive and there is evidence of a drawbridge and port cullies entrance while one wing contains the remnants of what was probably the great hall. The inhabited part of the castle mainly dates from the 17th and18th century with later additions of two further towers in the 19th century. Nearby the small medieval chapel also thought to date from the 13th century contains several early effigies. In the grounds of the chapel is a stone preaching cross listed by CADW as a historic monument.
www.uptoncastle.com | Tel: 01646 689996
The tiny 13th-century St Govan's Chapel is perched on the cliff at St Govan's Head, the most southerly point on the Pembrokeshire coast. A tiny cell measuring 18 by 12 feet, dating from the thirteenth century, but parts of it - the altar and a seat cut in the rock - may be much earlier. The saint reputedly established a hermitage here after escaping pursuit by pirates. Inside is the rock which contains a fissure, so the story goes, opened and closed around him, keeping him hidden until his pursuers had gone. It's said that if you make a wish while standing in the fissure it will come true, provided you don't change your mind before you turn around. In the floor near the main entrance there used to be a well, the water from which could only be collected drop by drop and is said to be a cure for eye complaints, skin diseases, and rheumatic tendencies. St Govan is apparently buried under the altar in the chapel which bears his name. He died in 586.
To enter this picturesque little building it is necessary to descend a long flight of steps, which, legend asserts, cannot be accurately counted by a mortal being, it may have something to do with the fact that the steps are most irregular, with many half steps. Depending on where a person places his foot the count could vary considerably. The number of steps is approximately 74.
Location: Bosherston, near Pembroke
OS Reference: SR967929
Access to the cliff-top path leading down to the chapel is dependent upon the Firing Range being open to the public.
LOCAL NOTICES MUST BE OBSERVED.
The Tudor Merchant's House is a late 15th century town house furnished to recreate the atmosphere of family life in Tudor times. It is located near the harbour in Tenby and is characteristic of the area at the time when Tenby was a thriving trading port. There are Tudor costumes for children to try on and a collection of toys typical of the Tudor period. There is also a small garden dedicated to plants and herbs used during Tudor times.
Tel: 01834 842279 | View website
Hilton Court is one of Pembrokeshire's best keep secrets. Situated in 12 acres of outstanding beauty, in the National Coastal Park to the west of Haverfordwest. There has been a residence listed here from at least 1323, when a Walter de Hilton was in residence. Visitors are drawn to the beauty and tranquility of the delightful gardens and the breath-taking location overlooking St Brides Bay. At the centre you will find a Gallery, Pottery, Shops, Gardens, Tea Room and a Restaurant.
Enjoy the 12 acres of woodland gardens, island beds and borders containing a wide variety of unusual plants, expanses of water and ponds, wild areas, a stream and waterfalls which all add to the interest of this unique garden. There's no need to hurry in the gardens, take your time, this is a place to feel close to nature and wildlife. Take a breath of fresh air, meditate and enjoy!
Walk through a 250 year old woodland, discover the Sculpture Trail in the New Woodland, walk across rustic bridges along wild flower and lakeside paths.
Enjoy sympathetically planted flower beds giving pleasure to both the amateur and experienced gardener
The Craft Centre is housed in a group of restored stables, clustered around a cobbled Victorian courtyard.
Here you will find a variety of craft units, and shops offering fabulous and unusual gifts, allowing you to shop in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Included is pottery by Mark and Patrizia.
Wheelchair users are well catered for and there is free parking for all our customers.
View website | Tel: 01437 710262 / 711000
The National Trust's Colby Woodland garden near Amroth is set in a tranquil secret valley. Spring brings carpets of bluebells, crocuses, and daffodils, then swathes of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, followed by hydrangeas and the summer wildflowers. It's a garden for all ages.
Visit website | Tel: 01834 811885
Dyffryn Fernant is a 6 acre garden in the hamlet of Llanychaer near Fishguard and started life in 1996 as 'complete wilderness'. The garden now features a wide range of planting including a bog garden, ornamental grass field, and ebullient colour around the house, an exotically planted courtyard and a fernary.
Critically acclaimed by Gardeners World, Gardens Illustrated and Monty Don, Dyffryn Fernant is also one of the Great Gardens of West Wales.
Visit website | Tel: 01348 811282
Melin Tregwynt, a small white washed woollen mill, can be found in a remote wooded valley on the Pembrokeshire coast. There has been a mill on this site since the 17th century, when local farmers would bring their fleeces to be spun into yarn and woven into sturdy Welsh wool blankets.
Weathering wars, recessions and the passing of time, the looms have continued to work their magic. Melin Tregwynt fabrics are simple in spirit, satisfying in quality and timeless in design.
Owned by the same family since 1912 the Mill now employs over 30 people and makes things that are useful, beautiful to look at and just a little bit special. They stock blankets, throws and cushions, together with upholstery, simple stylish clothing, accessories and bags – all made in their own unique fabrics.
Tregwynt Mill, Castlemorris, Haverfordwest, SA62 5UX
You can find Melin Tregwynt off the A487 Fishguard to St. David's road. Entrance is free, the mill is open all year round, and you can see the mill working from 9.00am – 4.30pm Mon-Friday. (with lunch break at 1.00pm).
Shop/Café opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 9.30 - 5.00
Saturday 10.00 - 5.00
Sunday 11.00 - 4.30
Visit website | Tel: 01348 891288
Felin Fach is an independent Welsh company based at a 200 year old former flour mill in the Preseli mountain area of Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. They design and make handmade cushions, throws, bedding and hand-dyed yarns with natural botanical plant based colours and extracts. They also design traditionally woven Welsh blankets which are traditionally woven for us in local mills. We use the fabrics from these local mills to make our handmade wool crafts. We use wherever possible, wool from quality rare-breed sheep.
Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and if you take the half mile walk down the cliff path from the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay you will see what makes it so popular. A secluded bay backed by sand dunes and pine trees with limestone cliffs at each end, Barafundle has golden sand and clear water with very few stones or rocks. This is an ideal family beach where the sand is perfect for building sandcastles and the shoreline is shallow and safe for bathing. There are no facilities on the beach which means it is rarely crowded (except in high summer).
You can join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from here and there are spectacular cliffs and a coastal fort on the walk north east of Stackpole to Trewent Point.
Car parking: Half mile walk over cliffs from Stackpole Quay car park, free to National Trust Members. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs due to large number of steps to get up and down from the cliff top.
Food: Tea room at Stackpole Quay
Toilets at Stackpole Quay
Lifeguards: Be aware: The beach offers sheltered bathing but there is no lifeguard cover. Lifebuoys are located on the beach.
Dogs are allowed but please be considerate to other beach users and remember you must always clean up after your dog.
Awards: Seaside Award (Rural) and Green Coast Award
Accessed from the harbour or down a steep flight of steps off The Paragon, this lovely, sandy beach, sheltered by cliffs can disappear altogether at high tide. The boats to Caldey Island leave from Castle Beach at low tide when the harbour is dry.
Car parking: The multi-storey car park is the closest but fills up quickly in summer. If you arrive after 11am during the school summer holidays, head straight for the park and ride and use the free shuttle bus.
Food: café on Castle Hill plus numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants around the beach and in Tenby town.
Toilets and disabled toilets on Castle Hill
Lifeguards: on duty from the end of June to the end of September.
Dogs: Dog restrictions apply to the whole beach west of St Catherine's Island from 1st May to 30th September.
Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag
Tenby South Beach is a two mile stretch of golden sand, between St Catherine's Island and Giltar Point. Backed by sand dunes it leads to Tenby Golf Club, the oldest established golf course in Wales and looks out toward Caldey Island.
The beach can get busy close to the town and harbour but there is plenty of space to spread out along the rest of the beach at both low and high tides. The sea shelves gently and the excellent water quality makes it ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing or canoeing. The beach is quite sheltered which is great for families but means surfing is only possible during winter storms. There are plenty of walks to try including exploring the town itself or joining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which cuts through Tenby South Beach.
Car parking: There is a very small car park next to South Beach which fills up very quickly in summer and a privately run car park off The Esplanade. During school summer holidays it is advisable to use the park and ride service with free shuttle bus. It is also possible to park at Penally station and walk across the golf course.
Food: There is a beach café where you can hire deck chairs and buy snacks and there are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants in and around Tenby.
Toilets: Toilets with disabled access can be found at the north end of the beach and there are more facilities in Tenby town.
Lifeguards: Lifeguards operate daily (10am-6pm) throughout the summer.
Dogs: Between 1st May to 30th September, dogs should be kept on a lead on the area of the South Beach nearest the town, but no restrictions apply on the majority of the South Beach.
Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag Award
Poppit Sands at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary is an extensive sandy beach backed by dunes: one of the most popular beaches in the area for swimming, beach games and water sports. There is a huge expanse of sand, so it never seems crowded. From Poppit you can start the 186 mile long Pembrokeshire Coast path which goes all the way to Amroth in the south.
Car Parking: There is a beach car park which is free most of the year but a fee is charged in the summer months.
Food: There is a beach café and nearby St Dogmaels village has pubs and a well known chip shop. St Dogmaels Abbey has its own attractive café and shop.
Toilets: There are toilets and disabled toilets near the RNLI lifeboat station.
Lifeguards are on patrol from the end of June to the beginning of September. Swimmers and water users are advised to stay at the main beach and to obey the warning flags as there are fast and unpredictable currents in the estuary.
Dogs are allowed on part of the beach - there is a ban on the western end of the beach between 1st May and 30th September.
Awards: Blue Flag, Seaside Award
This is a stunning wide sandy bay backed by large dunes. Explore the boulders and 'island' on the west side to discover caves and springs gushing out of the cliffs. The convoluted low cliffs on the east side have a few small caves to explore at low tide. The crystal clear stream on its east side is perfect for small children to play in.
The world famous Bosherton Lilly Ponds and its network of paths can be easily explored from the head of the beach making for the perfect day trip.
This sand and rocky beach is the hunting ground of the surfer always on the lookout for that perfect wave. South westerly facing it has the best waves in the county but it's only for the experienced and strong swimmers.
Behind the beach are a magnificent set of sand dunes. Shell Cottage in the Harry Potter film's was situated at the foot of one of these dunes and the battle scene from Ridley Scotts Robin Hood film were shot on the beach.
Picturesque harbour built into a corner on North Beach, between the old medieval walled town and castle hill. There's a small sandy beach tucked up under the harbour wall that's perfect for very young children. To the south of the harbour are the lifeboat stations, the old and the new. Hire speed boats, take a boat trip to Caldey Island or go on a paragliding trip from the harbour. There are many events such as Tenby Spectacular event and Paella evenings taking place on Tenby Harbour.
A superb, sheltered, safe, and sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goscar Rock sticking out of the sand in the middle. This is one of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end. It is an enclosed, east facing beach so it's safe for young children and is a real sun trap even on windy days.
A small but very popular resort with all the facilities you might need. It's a wide, flat, and sandy beach at low tide but there's still plenty of space at high tide. Enjoy a stroll along the pretty harbour, or take in the stunning views from the top of the hill. This beach is brilliant at low tide for fishing in the rock pools. Children also love to fish off the cat walk on the harbour for crabs on a line, try tempting them with some cockles bought at the fishmongers on the harbour.
At the mouth of the Milford Haven Estuary, this horseshow sandy cove is tucked right inside West Angle Bay. The beach is quite narrow at high tide but at low tide it's revealed; a huge stretch of golden sand. The north end of the beach has rocks perfect for climbing and if you can find it, a cut through the cliffs leads to a secret beach!
The Blue Lagoon is a reminder of Pembrokeshire's industrial past, being the site of a former slate quarry. The lagoon was created when the outer wall was breached just over a century ago. On the walk from the nearby beach at Abereiddi, you will also pass the ruined quarry buildings and slate-workers' cottages.
Nowadays, the site is extremely popular with adventure groups who use the site's surviving platforms to jump into the deep water below. The water has a very distinctive blue-green colour, which is caused by the build-up of minerals in the lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon hosted the UK leg of the World Cliff Diving Series in 2012 and 2013. The Blue Lagoon and much of the coast from here to Porthgain are owned by the National Trust.
A mixture of rock climbing, cliff jumping and riding the surf. Experienced Coasteering guides will tailor your adventure activity to suit all including children and all cliff jumps are optional. Wales' coastline has an abundance of water features creating a natural water park with lots of water chutes and whirlpools making this highly recommended fun for the adventurous. We have done this and it was so much fun... Family activity holidays in Wales don't get much more exciting than this.
Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to enjoy the National Park allowing access to caves, stacks and reefs along the coast, and the creeks and mudflats inland. It is a great chance to observe sea birds, seals and porpoises, estuary waders and wild fowl in an unobtrusive and sustainable way.
For the experienced sea kayaker there are extended trips along the coast and out to the islands as well as world class play boating in the fierce tidal streams. There are also great opportunities for surf kayaking on many of Pembrokeshire's storm beaches.
The unspoilt, wild and beautiful beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast are the ideal location for learning to surf in Wales. Hang 5 and come learn to surf on some of the best beach breaks in the west.
For the more experienced, Freshwater West is your destination offering some of the best and most consistent surfing in Wales. There are left and right handers here most of the time. The sandy end of the beach is good for a beginner but can still hold a pretty feisty wave.
Pembrokeshire has a number of beaches and areas of coastline that are perfect for all levels of windsurfing. The shape of the coast usually means that favourable conditions can be found somewhere in the county with wind and surf particularly common outside of the summer months.
Sheltered spots such as Dale are great for learning while other more challenging areas such as Newgale and Freshwater West. One thing is for sure, your back drop will be absolutely stunning and there is even the chance of an encounter with dolphins and seals.
Whether you are planning a cycle-touring holiday, or a short family ride, Pembrokeshire offers a huge choice of routes to suit all and is the ideal way to explore the National Park.
Some areas are suitable for true off-road mountain biking, particularly the Preseli Hills and the woodlands around Canaston Bridge and Stackpole. In any area you can plan a route that links villages, coastal views and historic sites via quiet country lanes and byways. It's also easy and great fun to try a route involving mainly quiet roads and the occasional, short section of off-road bridleway.
Pembrokeshire offers plenty of opportunity for horse riding, taking you across a variety of landscapes and providing a great way of exploring the area. Whether you want to ride across open moorland, along wooded bridleways or down quiet country lanes, there's something for everyone, all offered by the excellent selection of riding establishments operating in the county.
Almost anywhere you ride in Pembrokeshire, you'll be travelling through an area of great historical interest. There are many other things to see from Iron Age forts and standing stones to castles, ancient woodlands and quiet streams.
Riding on the golden sands of Pembrokeshire's beaches is also a popular activity.
The fishing in Pembrokeshire is some of the best to be had anywhere in Britain and as the county is surrounded on three sides by the sea, fish are never far away.
The coast offers excellent fishing from rocks or beaches offering Bass, Mackerel, Wrasse, and Flatfish to name but a few. Some of the popular marks are found on or near golden sands dotted around the county while other areas still provide the tranquility of fishing in near isolation, where you can easily find you have a whole stretch of coast to yourself.
There are also lots of opportunities for sea boat fishing where you get a chance to explore some more of the coastline and find the richest fishing areas.
Situated high above the shores of Cardigan Bay on the Teifi Estuary, Cardigan Golf Club is a very special place to play golf. As a members owned club, they offer qulaity affordable golf in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.
You will enjoy a memorable and testing round of golf, surrounded by stunning sea views to Cemaes Head and across Cardigan Bay to Bardsey Island and the Llyn Peninsula not forgetting the vista along the Teifi Estuary to historic St Dogmaels and the Preseli Hills.
Measuring some 6500 yards from the back tees, the course consists of a mixture of links and parkland with scattered clumps of gorse and heather, which when combined with the often breezy conditions, calls for varied shot-making, each round proving a unique experience, offering a challenge for the more experienced golfer, but still playable by beginners. The large undulating greens and surrounding bunkers require concentration on approach and finesse with the putter.
The course is open all year, and whilst the members will tell you it is at its best in the spring and autumn, it is a particularly good winter course, never requiring temporary tees or greens.
The clubhouse offers an informal environment and stunning views, with generous changing facilities and a fully licensed bar with light snacks and full restaurant facilities. Trolley and buggy hire, as well as all the usual golf "extras", are available from the well stocked professionals shop.
A testament to the club's stature is that it regularly hosts County and Regional competitions, Golf Union of Wales Championships and International matches.
Clwb Golff Aberteifi-Cardigan Golf Club, Cardigan Golf Club, Gwbert, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1PR
Visit website | Tel: 01239 621775
Oakwood is Wales' only theme park with plenty of rides to keep you busy all day. A whole new area called 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' opened in 2015, hot on the heals of the 'Neverland' themed area which opened a few years ago. The popular After Dark evening in the school holidays is always popular with families.
www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk | Tel: 01834 815170
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is one of the top paid-for visitor attractions in Wales and winner of the Best Family Day Out in Pembrokeshire. Located near Tenby in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, Folly Farm offers affordable fun days out for the whole family.
Visit the Folly Farm animals or ride on the fairground rides in the indoor Funfair. Enjoy the outdoor Adventure Parks and Carousel Woods indoor Adventure Playground. Visit Follywood Country Park and the Zoo, which is home to the only giraffes in Wales.
The award winning Folly Farm is more than just a farm. It's a zoo, vintage fun fair, an adventure playground and its open all year with 50% of the attractions under cover. Star attractions are the Lions, Giraffes and the Penguins. Folly Farm also offers visitors a fantastic variety of shows and events from Farmyard Frolics to evening performances by the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.
www.folly-farm.co.uk | Tel: 01834 812731
Heatherton Sports Country Park is open all year as an 'All Weather Attraction' with most activities under cover.
Admission to the theme park is free, we operate a credit pass system, pay as you play or pre booked packages. You can also use our new gift vouchers This provides unique tailored days for families, individuals, groups, schools and organisations to create a bespoke enjoyable fun packed atmosphere for all ages.
Adrenalin activities include Paintball, The Tree Tops Trail and Go Karting so get physical in our paintball combat zones or swing high up in the trees on our Tree Tops Trail and feel the adrenalin buzz.
Relaxing activities include a 2 acre Coarse Fishing lake, a 4 rink Indoor Bowls Centre and an 18 hole golf course
Sports activities include Archery, Baseball, Laser Clays , Golf Driving Range and Pistol Shooting. Why not challenge your friends, colleagues or family?
Fun activities include Adventure Golf, Pembrokeshire Raceway, Bumper Boats, Maize Maze, Walk on water, Indoor Play Area, Giant Puzzle Zone, Sand Pit Diggers, Outdoor Inflatable Zone, Trampolines, Free Outdoor Playzone and Master Blaster.
Group activities (for 15 or more) include Paintball, Karting Grand Prix, The Heatherton challenge plus Tree Top Adventures.
www.heatherton.co.uk | Tel: 01646 652000
Pembrokeshire falconry offers hands on experiences with birds of prey for individuals and small groups at popular Pembrokeshire tourist locations. From a tranquil walk in the picturesque countryside and through beautiful woodland with your hawk flying alongside you, to flying a falcon to the lure and learning some basic falconry skills. Spending time with out birds of prey is an unforgettable adventure that can be tailored to suit all ages. An experience you will want to repeat again and again.
Pembrokeshire Falconry's aim is to provide an interesting, educational and enjoyable insight into falconry. Pembrokeshire Falconry combines the experience of flying birds of prey with the gorgeous views of the Pembrokeshire countryside. Our Falconry experiences are 'Hands On'. Our trained Hawks will be flown by you under our supervision.
www.pembrokeshire-falconry.co.uk | Tel: 07833921421
The Blue Lagoon is a brilliant indoor water park with a wave machine, flume rides and a lazy river. Regular 'after dark' evening sessions are great fun when all the waves, cannons and jets are on full power! Next door is the Adventure Centre, a giant countryside themed indoor play centre and indoor high ropes course.
www.bluelagoonwales.com | Tel: 01834 862410
At Anna Ryder-Richardson's Welsh Zoo you can enjoy walk through enclosures where you can get close to the animals. The newest residents include Zamba and Jambo the Rhinos. Now open all year round.
www.manorwildlifepark.co.uk | Tel: 01646 651201
For a monster day out, go to the Dinosaur Park near Tenby. As well as the Dinosaur trail, there are loads of rides and activities included in the admission price including an indoor adventure playground, digging for fossils and a giant bubble ride.
www.thedinosaurpark.co.uk | Tel: 01834 845272