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Enjoy the bustle of a busy county town, some adrenaline fuelled activities or a mooch around a castle; browse a farmer’s market or head to the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Occupying a strategic position on the Western Cleddau river, it’s no wonder that Haverfordwest has been settled since Roman times, if not before. The Earls of Pembroke, and latterly Queen Eleanor of Castile, oversaw the construction of Haverfordwest castle in the 13th century, replacing a Norman construction from around 1120. The remains of the castle tower over Pembrokeshire’s ancient county town and for that we have to thank the fact that the Parliamentarians were low on gunpowder towards the end of the Civil War in 1648 when Cromwell ordered the castle’s destruction. In Elizabethan times, Haverfordwest was the second largest port in Wales and was the main port in West Wales until the advent of the railway in 1853. Notwithstanding, the town remains an important hub for the county it serves, both for transport links and other community services.
As well as being a great base from which to enjoy the rest of Pembrokeshire, including the stunning Pembrokeshire coast and its beaches, Haverfordwest plenty to offer. For castle lovers, there’s Haverfordwest Castle on the banks of the Western Cleddau, which houses the Town Museum in the former Governor’s House, and just outside the town there’s Picton Castle to enjoy. While you’re at Picton Castle, do take time to watch a display by Pembrokeshire Falconry.
Wander down the western bank of the river to the ruins of an Augustinian Priory, or for something more energetic (or a rainy day) there’s Hangar 5 Trampoline Park to enjoy. Fans of off-road driving can experience the thrills offered by Wood Park Off Road 4×4
driving experiences, while golf enthusiasts are catered for at Mayfield Golf Club.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
Stay at the Wolfscastle Hotel outside Haverford West on the A40 or enjoy the charm of a Grade II listed Georgian town house by staying at the College Guest House. You can also camp just outside the town at the Rising Sun Inn. Slebech Park offers elegant dining in a country house setting, while Lost Coins is renowned for its rotisserie pub menu. For those wanting to eat in town, try the Bristol Trader on the Quayside or the Belle Vue Brasserie, full of quirky and antique curiosities. Haverfordwest is home to an award-winning Farmers Market and to Wickedly Welsh Chocolate, which is open to visitors.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Haverfordwest: Easily accessible from Carmarthen via the A40, and also connected to the north of the county, Ceredigion and south Pembrokeshire by good road links.
Parking: There is a variety of town-centre parking available for visitors.
Public Transport: Haverfordwest is connected by bus to all areas of Pembrokeshire and beyond to Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. There is also a railway station connecting to Carmarthen and Swansea.
Haverford West Town Museum http://www.haverfordwest-town-museum.org.uk/ 01437 763087
Picton Castle http://www.pictoncastle.co.uk/
Pembrokeshire Falconry http://www.pembrokeshire-falconry.co.uk/ 01437 563321
Hangar 5 Trampoline Park http://hangar5.wales/ 01437 700555
Wood Park off Road http://www.woodpark-offroad.com/ 01437 532234
Mayfield Golf Club http://www.welshgolfcourses.com/west/mayfield.php 01437 764300
Wolfscastle Country Hotel http://wolfscastle.com/ 01437 741225
College Guest House http://www.collegeguesthouse.com/
Rising Sun Inn http://www.therisingsunwest.co.uk/ 01437 765171
Slebech Park http://www.slebech.co.uk/ 01437 752000
The Lost Coins http://www.lostcoinspubhaverfordwest.co.uk/ 01437 766602
The Bristol Trader http://www.bristoltrader.net/home.html 01437 762122
Belle Vue Brasserie http://bellevuebrasserie.com/ 01437 700800
Haverford West Farmers Market http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/EDITOR/content.asp?id=6358&language= 01437 776169
Wickedly Welsh Chocolate http://wickedlywelsh.co.uk/ 01437 557122
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