Pembrokeshire Attractions

Pembrokeshire offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the region, visitors have a choice of a number of interesting and charming places to discover. The scenic region includes Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with a number of museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Pembrokeshire’s location in south west Wales offers visitors a wonderful landscape to enjoy and the great outdoors is located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the region.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Pembrokeshire and surrounding areas, these include:

Pembroke Castle is wonderfully located on the banks of the Pembroke River close to the wonderful scenery on show at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The castle is the birthplace of King Henry VII, and contains a huge amount of history in its many exhibitions, displays and videos. The castle is among the biggest and most complete Norman castles in Wales. There are guided tours available during the summer months that tell visitors more about the castle and its colourful history. On site is a brass rubbing centre, snack bar and gift shop. Currently Pembroke Castle is owned and managed by a Private Charitable Trust. Over recent years there has been a big effort to bring the castle to life and the exhibits now reflect this.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill is situated in the town of Carew, close by to Pembroke and the scenic coastline. Historic Carew Castle was built over 2,000 years ago and has evolved from a Norman fortification to a splendid Elizabethan country house. Visitors are able to view an impressive 11th century Celtic cross, the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, as well as a medieval bridge and there is a picnic area. Guided tours of the castle are available that allow visitors to learn more about the castle's great history. There is parking, shops and refreshment facilities here.

St Davids Cathedral is located in the compact cathedral city of St Davids, the 12th century cathedral has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for over eight centuries. Over the years the cathedral has been extended and altered in various ways, the Norman style cathedral is an impressive sight. The cathedral is in active use with regular worship and music programmes. There are regular tours of the cathedral available where visitors can gain a greater insight into the rich history and tradition of the cathedral. There is a shop on site with books, gifts and music along with a refectory serving a number of meals including British classics.

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery is located in the seaside town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire. The museum is the oldest independent museum in Wales, established back in 1878 over the years the museum has developed a fine range of collections and exhibitions. Galleries include the Storey of Tenby, tracing the history of the town from the 9th century up to the present day, Geology & Archaeology with exhibits from early geological times and Maritime & Piracy examining the strong maritime link to the town.

The Art Gallery features a gallery for permanent collections in addition to one for temporary exhibitions. The permanent gallery includes works of Kyffin Williams, David Jones and Nina Hamnett along with many others. Claudia Williams, John Uzzell Edwards and John Knapp Fisher to name but a few. The museum hosts a number of events through the year along with lectures and talks on areas such as social history, archaeology and art.

Manor House Wildlife Park is located a few miles from Tenby. Located in 52 acres of parkland, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animals including rhinos, lemurs, tortoises, wallabies, zebras and birds including flamingos, emus and ostriches. There is a wildlife trail and signage programme visitors can follow to learn more practical and factual knowledge about the animals at the zoo. Facilities include free parking, picnic area, children’s outdoor play area and café for food and drinks. A trip to the zoo offers visitors with a fun filled, educational day out in the scenic Pembrokeshire countryside.

Colby Woodland Garden are located in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. The gardens are around 8 acres in size and benefit from displays of colour during spring with rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias, in the summer the highlights include hydrangeas and autumn foliage. There are both open and wooded pathways that offer lovely walks where you can take a leisurely stroll whilst admiring the gardens and relaxing. The tranquil location makes for a relaxing experience.

The Celtic Images Gallery is situated in the beautiful restored barns of Hilton Court and displays thought provoking photography and paintings by several photographers and artists. There is an on going programme of exhibitions by both established and up and coming artists and photographers. There are also gift ideas here such as cards, postcards and books on sale, that all take their inspiration from Pembrokeshire. Celtic Images have developed a buoyant market in greetings cards, produced locally and sold to suit different budgets. The majority of the products and services are sourced within Pembrokeshire; this is in keeping with the Gallery's policy of supporting the local economy wherever this is possible.

Visitors with an appreciation for the arts can visit the Torch Theatre located in Milford Haven. There is an auditorium and provides the public with a programme of both in-house and touring work that includes drama, comedy, children's shows, dance, opera and musicals. The venue also shows the latest film releases, whilst the Joanna Field gallery shows regular exhibitions from amateur and professional artists throughout the year. There is also a bar where visitors can enjoy a beverage both prior to and after the shows. The Torch Theatre is a not-for-profit, registered charity that was founded back in 1977 and is one of the very few building-based producing theatres in Wales.

Recognised as one of the best known and premier theme parks in Wales Oakwood Theme Park contains over 40 rides and attractions. The main centre piece is the exciting roller coaster Megaphobia, perfect for thrill seekers. Other notable rides include Vertigo, a free fall experience, The Bounce - a hair raising vertical drop and Hydro, a big water ride with an 85 degree drop. There is also Snake River Falls, one of Europe's largest water coasters. There are also rides for children too ensuring there are rides for the whole family to enjoy. In the summer there is evening entertainment provided too at this exciting theme park.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a path that is some 168 miles long and has viewpoints all along its length. One of main attractions of the path is that it follows much of the winding coastline, ensuring that there are many places where you can start from and finish and know that you will be treated to some great scenery during your walk.

The tourist information centre can provide walkers with a guide book to ensure walkers are aware of all the attractions on route and they do not miss anything along the way. There are some truly wonderful coastline to see along with the rugged cliffs, great beaches and every type of coastal landform. A quarter of the trail is within designated conservation sites whilst well over three quarters if the path is within the national park.

It is recommended that prior to visiting the Pembrokeshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Pembrokeshire is located in a naturally scenic part of Wales making it a popular holiday and short breaks destination. The county along with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has plenty to offer visitors with a mix of charming historic town and villages including plenty of picturesque locations, a scenic coastline with a number of seaside resorts and beautiful landscapes to enjoy. Pembrokeshire includes a number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks and gardens with attractions to enjoy for the entire family. Pembrokeshire’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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