Pembrokeshire Travel Guide

Broad Haven South Beach, Pembrokeshire - © JKMMX

Introduction and Overview

The Pembrokeshire Travel Guide looks at interesting local attractions, places of interest and includes tourist information for visitors. The area guide features travel information on local transport and travel, facts & figures, entertainment, events, maps and accommodation.

Located in the west of Wales the region is known for its scenic beauty and includes a number of natural attractions. It area is a history lovers dream with historical monuments and relics of past industries evident.

The area is famed as being the source of the bluestone that was used to help build Stonehenge.

There are plenty of family attractions here not least the great coastline that offers visitors some wonderful views and some highly acclaimed beaches where the whole family can enjoy themselves.

Add the numerous water sports facilities, activity centres, golfing facilities and one of the most scenic coastal paths for walkers in the UK means Pembrokeshire is an area with wide ranging appeal.

Little Haven is located 10 miles from Haverfordwest on the south west coast of Pembrokeshire. Little Haven is a lovely small village that has a few shops, pubs and is not overly commercialised offering visitors a great places to visit for a quiet place away from the crowds and somewhere quaint with its own distinct character.

Little Haven is popular place for families with its clean sands and rocks on the beach. Local accommodation includes farm guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodation.

Newport is located 20 miles north of Haverfordwest in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Newport is a town of Norman origin and has a castle; however there are signs of settlements going back to Mesolithic times.

The ancient Preseli Mountains are situated close by and give some truly wonderful views from their summit and are to many the most captivating part of Pembrokeshire.

There is evidence that Neolithic man lived here, and his places of worship are still here including the stone circles such as Gors Fawr near Mynachlogddu and the burial mounds, such as Pentre Ifan.

It is believed that it was from the Preseli Mountains that the renowned bluestones were taken to Stonehenge, an extraordinary feat at the time.

Places of note include Newport Castle, a historic Norman castle now in private ownership, Market Street and the surrounding street provide the commercial centre of the town with a choice of bars, pubs, restaurants and independent shops.

Visitors can see the regular street market on Mondays with local produce available.

Pembroke is located 10 miles south of Haverfordwest, the town dates back over 900 years. The historical walled town includes a wonderful castle is one of the most complete Norman castles in the UK and ranks among the finest in Wales.

The castle hosts a number of events that celebrate the town's historic past such as Shakespearean productions and medieval banquets among others.

In the town centre there are a number of historic buildings along with a choice of shops, cafes and restaurants, the town retains its character a charming medieval town.

Pembroke Dock is located a couple of miles from Pembroke, there are excellent boating and water sports facilities and is an important ferry port, operating daily services to Ireland.

Tenby is a historic harbour that dates back to the 14th century, it is one of the most photographed locations in Wales.

It is now a lively activity centre, with water and leisure activities are catered such as fishing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and cruises to the nearby Islands of Caldey and St Margaret’s, that are known for their wildlife.

The resort of Tenby boasts the North Beach that has been awarded the European Blue Flag in recognition of the good water quality, visitor facilities and beach management. There are a couple of quality golf courses for golfing aficionados and a leisure centre and museum making it a nice town to visit.

St Davids is located on the south west coast of Pembrokeshire, it is the smallest city in the UK in terms of population and size. The city is named after the patron saint of Wales, the historic city dates back to the 4th century.

The compact nature of the city makes it convenient for visitors to walk around the city when seeing the sights. The city is well known for its impressive 12th century cathedral, distinctive for its pink and grey colouring.

The Cathedral is a testament to great medieval architecture and there is the annual St David's Cathedral Festival held in May each year as a celebration of classical music. Next to the cathedral is the ruin of St Davids Bishops Palace, much of the structure remains minus the roof.

Visitors can see one of the seasonal local markets that gather in the city and there is the Oriel y Parc Gallery & Visitor Centre with a number of exhibitions and artworks. The famous Whitesands Bay beach is located close by, ever popular with surfers and holiday makers, set in stunning natural scenery.

Haverfordwest is located 30 miles from St Davids, the historic market town is the county town and administrative centre of Pembrokeshire offering visitors a range of shopping facilities with a choice of shops including well known high street names along with smaller independent shops and retail parks.

The Western Cleddau river runs through the centre of the town, with a number of amenities including restaurants, shops and cafes and pubs located on either side of the river. A range of accommodation is available in the town from charming bed and breakfasts, to independent hotels to guesthouses.

Local attractions include the ruins of Haverfordwest Castle, the 12th century castle overlooks the town and the ruins of Haverfordwest Priory dating back to the 13th century that have been repaired and excavated.

Milford Haven is located less than 10 miles south of Haverfordwest. The town is one of the largest settlements in Pembrokeshire, historically the town is relatively new and was built using a grid system, with examples of Georgian houses still evident.

Historically the town was a commercial port and a base of the fishing industry, currently the town is better known for the oil and gas refineries located here.

Some of the docks area still have a commercial function, whilst the rest is used as a marina and marina village with shops, restaurants, cafes. The port is a regular stop on cruises of Ireland and Britain.

Pembrokeshire offers visitors a number of places of interest and an area steeped in history with visitor attractions such as castles, stately homes, beaches, the Pembrokeshire coastal path and outdoor activities.

The area combines natural and historic attractions with more modern ones such as the Oakwood Theme Park, meaning there is plenty to do for the whole family.

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