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Seafaring heritage, castles galore, and royal canine connections give you plenty of options in the Pembroke area!
Situated close to the Cleddau estuary, one of Pembrokeshire’s main towns, Pembroke has a proud history. Not only the birthplace of Henry VII of England, born in Pembroke Castle in 1457. Pembroke was a Parliamentarian stronghold during Civil War, when Oliver Cromwell sheltered here during the Siege of Pembroke. Although a separate ferry port, Pembroke Dock, grew up in the 19th Century, Pembroke itself was also a dockyard, both in Elizabethan times and subsequently, and was the site of early submarine activity. Pembroke is also the home of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Queen’s preferred breed of dog!
As we’ve mentioned, no visit to Pembroke is complete without checking out Pembroke Castle – with its enviable position on the Cleddau estuary, find out more about how this Welsh castle shaped many events in British history – or simply admire the views from the 75 foot high Great Keep. If castles are your thing, don’t miss Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle both close by. There are some amazing beaches within reach of Pembroke – get out on the water and learn to surf or experience Stand Up Paddleboarding, at Freshwater West – or enjoy the beautiful Stackpole estate and Barafundle Bay, reputedly one of the most beautiful in the world! Pembroke Dock played an important part in the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII – find out more at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. For more details about the maritime history of Pembroke dock, visit the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society based in the historic dockyard itself. Not far away is Milford Haven, famous for its deep water port. This town has played an important role in the history and industrial development not only of Wales but the UK as a whole and offers a variety of interesting places to visit. There’s also a regenerated area of dockland with unique shopping opportunities!
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
Lamphey Court comes equipped with luxurious spa facilities for those needing a little extra help to unwind, while the Lamphey Hall Hotel offers cosy accommodation in an idyllic setting. Just the other side of the Cleddau Bridge, near Milford Haven, you’ll find the Beggars Reach Hotel. For B&B by the beach, Stackpole Inn is right on the coast, close to Barafundle Bay. There’s camping at Windmill Hill Caravan park. Food-wise, the Old Kings Arms Hotel in Pembroke gets good reviews for its food, and those who love a curry should try Pembroke Tandoori. For café style breakfast, lunches coffee and cake, head to Food at Williams in Pembroke.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Pembroke: Pembroke is just over the Cleddau Bridge from Milford Haven, and for those travelling from the East, it’s at the end of the A477 from St Clears.
Parking: Pembroke has a number of car parks around the town centre.
Public Transport: Pembroke is on the national rail network. Scheduled buses serve Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and beyond.
Pembroke Castle http://pembroke-castle.co.uk/ 01646 681510
Manorbier Castle http://manorbiercastle.co.uk/ 01834 870081
Outer Reef Surf School and SUP http://www.outerreefsurfschool.com/ 01646 680070
Stackpole Estate https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole
Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre http://www.sunderlandtrust.com/ 01646 684220
West Wales Maritime Heritage http://www.westwalesmaritimeheritage.org.uk/
Lamphey Court http://www.lampheycourt.co.uk/ 01646 672273
Lamphey Hall Hotel http://www.lampheyhall.co.uk/ 01646 672394
Beggars Reach Hotel http://www.beggars-reach.co.uk/ 01646 600700
Stackpole Inn http://www.stackpoleinn.co.uk/ 01646 672324
Windmill Hill Caravan Park http://www.windmillhillcaravanpark.co.uk/ 01646 682392
Old Kings Arms Hotel http://www.oldkingsarmshotel.co.uk/ 01646 683611
Pembroke Tandoori http://www.pembroketandoori.com/ 01646 687766
Food at Williams http://www.foodatwilliams.co.uk/ 01646 689990
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