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  • Pembroke Castle

    Seafaring heritage, castles galore and royal canine connections give you plenty of options in the Pembroke area!

    Situated close to the Cleddau estuary and 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 also a Parliamentarian stronghold during Civil War, when Oliver Cromwell sheltered here during the Siege of Pembroke. Although the separate ferry port of Pembroke Dock grew up in the 19th Century, Pembroke itself was also a dockyard from Elizabethan times 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 , experience Stand Up Paddle boarding at Freshwater West or enjoy the beautiful Stackpole estate and Barafundle Bay, reputedly one of the most beautiful bays 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!



    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, the 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 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.



    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.

    Useful contacts

    Pembroke Castle 01646 681510

    Carew Castle

    Manorbier Castle 01834 870081

    Outer Reef Surf School and SUP 01646 680070

    Stackpole Estate

    Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre 01646 684220

    West Wales Maritime Heritage

    Lamphey Court 01646 672273

    Lamphey Hall Hotel 01646 672394

    Beggars Reach Hotel 01646 600700

    Stackpole Inn 01646 672324

    Windmill Hill Caravan Park 01646 682392

    Old Kings Arms Hotel 01646 683611

    Pembroke Tandoori 01646 687766

    Food at Williams 01646 689990


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