Pembroke City Guide

Don’t let the fact that Pembroke itself is little more than a single street put you off. This is no ordinary street, and this is no ordinary town.

Hotels and More in Pembroke

Along this street you will find plenty of accommodation options to choose from and a wide range of inviting cafés, bistros, restaurants and inns to spend extremely enjoyable evenings in.

Beautiful Beaches and More

This is far from a dead-end street: it offers you access to the delightfully unspoilt beaches of West Wales, the pleasures of walking along the coastal path and easy access to the ferries that can take you across the waters to Ireland from Pembroke Dock.

Pembroke Castle

And, of course, there is the not insignificant attraction of the magisterial castle whose stone walls are steeped in history and rise imperiously from that single street itself.

The incongruity of a medieval castle rising from a row of pastel-coloured Regency houses is enough to make Pembroke a must-visit location. Wherever you stay here a castle view is pretty much guaranteed, and this is not just any old castle.

Pembroke Castle is both spectacular and forbidding: its facade is both inviting and imposing in equal measures. It’s a great place for kids to explore, with atmospheric dungeons and regular displays of falconry and historical re-enactments. Yet, the history that these stone walls have seen makes it ideal for adults too and guided tours can fill in the details of the first Tudor King, Henry VII, who was born here, and of Cromwell’s daring siege during the English Civil War.

Pembroke Antiques

If Pembroke has inspired you there are also Manorbier and Carew Castles nearby too, or, for historical curiosities of a different kind, the Pembroke Antiques Centre is situated in an old neoclassical Methodist chapel whose interior groans under the weight of antiques that would make a quirky gift or souvenir of your visit.

Activities Near Pembroke

Just a short drive from Pembroke the splendidly isolated and romantic beaches in the southern half of Pembrokeshire are there for the exploring, whether you opt to laze on the sands, walk the coastal paths or splash out on some kayaking or canoeing in the waters.

Wildlife and Fishing Near Pembroke

Wildlife lovers will be thrilled by the picturesque Haven Waterway that sits on the edge of Pembrokeshire National Park and fishing enthusiasts can find tranquil spots to cast their lines throughout the county.

Getting to Ireland from Pembroke

With a daily ferry service running across to Rosslare in the southeast of Ireland there’s no reason you couldn’t opt for a twin-centre holiday and enjoy the castle of Pembroke and the craic of the Emerald Isle.

Visit Pembroke

One of the only things that may not be freely accessible from Pembroke, though, is broadband. The town has been named as having one of Britain’s worst broadband connections.

But don’t let that hold you back. For a start the Superfast Cymru programme is addressing the issue, and you’ll have so much else to do you can forget about your laptop or tablet for a few days.

Guide to Exploring Pembroke

Freshwater East Beach

Stretching along the Pembrokeshire Coast, Freshwater East Beach is a haven for wildlife and a great spot for holidaymakers to spend a day. This sandy beach with its rolling dunes and striking red cliffs is a little off the beaten track so it never gets too crowded with visitors, leaving you plenty of space to explore the many rock pools.

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