Haverfordwest is a vibrant and bustling country town with an eclectic range of activities for the whole family. The county town of Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwestis situated in the Welsh countryside on the west banks of the River Cleddau, not far from the world-famous Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Here you could visit Picton Castle, a lovely historical monument set in majestic gardens. Wear the kids out at Clerkenhill Adventure Farm, or head to Haverford Castle, a wonderful example of a Norman architecture. With a number of shopping centres, an animated nightlife and plenty of outdoor sports too, you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do.
History of Haverfordwest Haverfordwest’s location on the River Cleddau has made it a strategic settlement since Roman times. The town has seen wars, sieges and even the Black Death, which struck the town in 12th century and wiped out half of its population. Today, Haverfordwestis a popular base for hikers adventuring on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and nearby National Park.
Castles in HaverfordwestHaverfordwest Castle is a crumbling Norman ruin, which has survived for over 900 years at the centre of the town. Pembrokeshire Castle and Wiston Castle are also just a short distance away. However, perhaps the most impressive is Picton Castle, which offers a delightful mixture of architectural styles. Summer visits promise a particularly rewarding burst of scent and colour, in safe surrounds where the kids can roam freely.
Family Activities in HaverfordwestFor something a little more hands on, why not pay a visit to the Clerkenhill Adventure Farm? This adventure ground has a huge park for the kids, complete with go-karts, swings, and a pet zoo where smaller children can get up close and personal with the farm animals in a safe environment. For the older children there are some great adventure trails and the quirky 18-basket Frisbee golf course is surprisingly good fun. It’s a hit even with the grown-ups!
Shopping in HaverfordwestAfter an active day out, you’re sure to find a great souvenir in Haverfordwest's shopping district. As Pembrokeshire’s prime shopping hub, the town has two major shopping centres —the Riverside Quay and Haverford Square. You’ll also find a great mix of independent high street stores and excellent eateries. From art galleries to artisan chocolate shops, why not spoil yourself in Haverfordwest’s historic shopping centre?
Festivals in HaverfordwestAttracting visitors from miles around, why not book your trip to coincide with Haverfordwest’s celebrated annual Beer and Cider Festival? Taking part over a long weekend you can taste local tipples from real ale to wine, and even Welsh mead. There’s also a fun fair, so it’s just as much of a day out for the kids as it is for the adults.
Enjoy Haverfordwest With so much going on — not to mention outdoor sports like rock-climbing, hiking, golf and kayaking on the rushing waters of the river Cleddau — what are you waiting for? Search online and book yourself a well-earned break in Haverfordwest today.