Place Category: Feature
A busy coastal community, gateway to the Gwaun Valley inland and the rugged coastline down to Strumble Head. Rich in history, the towns of Fishguard and Goodwick are many things, mostly lively and welcoming – places you’ll want to return to.
The site of the last invasion of mainland Britain (by the French in 1797) it’s perhaps appropriate that Fishguard now hosts the ferry port to Ireland. A hub for north Pembrokeshire with rail services linking east, Fishguard and Goodwick are lively towns. ‘Lower Town’, a delightful muddle of tiny streets around the Harbour, is believed to be the original settlement but both Fishguard and Goodwick, immediately west, grew up out of Norse raiding parties. The advent of the railway brought opportunities for these towns to grow, brick-making being an important industry here. The location for a number of films and TV productions, local gossip tells us that somewhere in Fishguard Bay a giant, metal ‘Moby Dick’ lurks, sunk during filming of this cinematic epic.
Sleepy Lower Town offers coastal adventures such as kayaking or you can simply meander along the harbour wall and try crabbing or, if you prefer, a crab sandwich and a pint in an 18th Century Ale House. It’s also home of the Fishguard Bay Yacht Club which offers temporary membership for visitors. Fishguard Town has a different atmosphere. There are plenty of family-owned shops to browse; art lovers can head to the Workshop Wales Gallery, family run for 40 years, or combine your love of art with a drink, food and live music at Peppers. At Goodwick, you’ll find the beach and Goodwick Moor, a nature reserve and paradise for bird lovers and the coast path leads to Strumble Head and the old lighthouse. Find out more about the weaving industry in the area and perhaps indulge in a beautiful Welsh blanket at nearby Melin Tregwynt.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK
From boutique B&B Manor Town House, to 19th Century grandeur at the Fishguard Bay Hotel or the country setting of GelliFawr, there’s a variety of accommodation. Camping can be found at Fishguard Bay and Tregroes. North Pembrokeshire offers microbrewery heaven and the Gwaun Valley has its own eponymous brewery and brews. Fishguard is also home to the innovative Transition Café, committed to reducing food waste by using food other local businesses and households have no use for. Other places to try include Ffwrn and, in Goodwick, Beaches Diner and Farmhouse Kitchen.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting there: Fishguard is on the A487/A40 between Newport and Haverfordwest.
Parking: Free parking at Lower Town by the Harbour. Pay and Display parking in Fishguard Town at West Street and Parc y Shwt. Goodwick Moor and the Parrog has free parking.
Public Transport: Rail services to Fishguard Harbour and Fishguard and Goodwick stations from Carmarthen and Cardiff; The coastal Strumble Shuttle and Poppit Rocket buses serve Fishguard; scheduled services include the T5 to Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest. Stena Line operates the ferry to Rosslare, Ireland.
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