Pembrokeshire is renowned for its Celtic history, picturesque scenery, beaches and many and varied activities as well as for its arts and shops.
We have tried to provide a brief and personal guide to the area, but for more in depth information we would suggest that you explore the links on our website.
|1. Celtic History & places of interest
Govan’s Chapel : 13th Century ancient sanctuary
nestling in the rugged cliffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Bosherston Lilypond, Stackpole Estate and Quay: famous
lilyponds, the rich flora and fauna include waterlilies, otters,
course fish, waterfowl, ducks and dragonflies.
The ponds stretch down to the beautiful beach of Broadhaven
Stackpole Quay overlooks the unique entrance to one of Britain’s
The estate is National Trust owned and you can enjoy wonderful
circular walks, magnificent cliffs, and Barafundle Bay, which
is thought to be one of the most idyllic beaches in Pembrokeshire.
Bishops Palace: Situated in the village of Lamphey,
6 miles west of Tenby.
Carew (with its unique tidal mill), Pembroke (Henry VII birthplace)
and Manorbier (where “The Lion, The Witch & The
Wardrobe was filmed) Castles, all within close reach of Tenby.
St David’s Cathedral & Bishops Palace.
The Medieval Merchants House in Tenby.
Henllys: Living images of prehistory can be seen
at this award-winning site where warlike celts fought over
and farmed the land over 2000 years ago.
ifan: Neolithic ancient buried chamber in the
Preselis near Newport; reputedly the place where the Blue
Stones of Stonehenge came from.
Deri Vineyard: Some excellent Pembrokeshire
wines are produced here, just a short drive from Pembroke.
Try a few samples of wine and mead or take a walk around the
Pemberton’s Welsh Chocolate Farm: watch demonstrations
of how this delicous chocolate is made.
|2. Leisure Activities
There are reputed to be 50 beaches
in the county ranging from lively resort beaches awash
with activity to picturesque rural beaches such as those
owned by the National Trust.
No other county has more Seaside Awards or Blue Flag/ Blue Flag Rural beaches than Pembrokeshire.
Even in the height of summer on the busiest beach, you will find plenty of space.
We have listed a variety of beaches:
Tenby South, Tenby North, Saundersfoot, Broad Haven, Manorbier, Coppet Hall, Amroth, Newgale, Barafundle, Broad Haven South, West Angle Bay, West Dale, Priory beach at Caldey, Waterwynch, Monkstone, Sandy Haven.
Walking: The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is 186 miles in length and runs around the entire coastline from Amroth to Poppit.
It takes about ten days to walk the whole route.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park organises a guided walk of the entire path once a year if you want some company.
Cycling: The Pembrokeshire section of the Celtic Trail Cycle Route is 90 miles long.
It winds its way around most of the coast from Fishguard to Tenby on both traffic free paths and little used country lanes. .Pembrokeshire is ideal for cycling.
Water activities: From sailing (www.dale-sailing.co.uk & www.pembrokeshire-watersports.co.uk ), to windsurfing, kite surfing, coasteering (www.tyf.com), surfing and diving (www.westwalesdivingschool.co.uk) , Pembrokeshires coastline and waterways have much to offer the watersports enthusiast.
Golf: There are two courses, one in Tenby and the other 2 miles away at Trefloyne.
Horseriding: For more information about this please contact Activity Wales, 01437 766888
(www.activitywales.com) who will be able to offer advice for both the able and disabled rider.
Quad biking: For more information about this please contact Activity Wales, 01437 766888
(www.activitywales.com) or Ritec Valley Quad Bikes (www.ritec-valley.co.uk)
Cinema: Tenby has a lovely old cinema, the Royal Playhouse Cinema (www.tenbycinema.co.uk) that features all the latest films
|Leisure and Theme parks
Theme Park: Wales’ largest theme park - spectacular
rides and thrills for all the family.
Farm: - where children can watch and feed
animals, play in the extensive indoor and outdoor activity areas,
take tractor rides, and enjoy the traditional all-weather fairground.
Country Sports Park for all the family, with go-karting,
archery, pony-trekking, shooting, golf, boating and soft-play
Dinosaur Park: 22 dinosaurs on woodland trail, indoor and outdoor
adventure playgrounds & other activities.
Heron’s Brook: Animal Park & Golf course
Silent World Aquarium: Located in Tenby
|Places to eat
The standard of food in Pembrokeshire has improved vastly over the years and many of the restaurants cater now for the discerning palate.
Understandably there are still many eateries where you can
still enjoy traditional beachfare. This list is not intended
to be exhaustive, nor do we endorse any of the restaurants
as we all have our own different tastes.
The Mews Bistro, Upper
Frog Street , Tenby.
Tel: 01834 844068.
It is very popular and booking is essential at weekends and
during school holidays. (www.mewsbistrotenby.co.uk
The Blue Ball,
Upper Frog Street , Tenby.
Tel: 01834 843038. (www.theblueballrestaurant.co.uk)
The Blue Dolphin, St
Marys Street, Tenby.
Tel: 01834 842590. Booking recommended
Plantagenet House, Tudor
Square , Tenby.
Tel: 01834 842350.
A restaurant in one of the oldest properties in Tenby.
The Buccaneer, Tudor
Square , Tenby.
Tel: 01834 842273
The Bay of Bengal, 1 Crackwell Street, Tenby.
Tel: 01834 843331.
What better way to enjoy an Indian meal overlooking North Beach and its fabulous sunsets.
Dennis café, Tenby.
Located on the slipway down to the Castle beach in Tenby.
Cwm Deri Vineyard, Martletwy.
Tel: 01834 891274
Booking is advisable (www.cwm-deri.co.uk )
The Carew Inn, Carew.
Tel: 01646 651267
Quayside, Lawrenny Quay.
Tel: 01646 651574
Only open during the day during the summer (Easter onwards).
It is in a brilliant spot right on the edge of the water.
The Cliffs Restaurant,St. Brides Hotel, Saundersfoot.
Tel: 01834 812304.
This restaurant has fabulous views over Carmarthen Bay .
It is on the right as you drive down the hill into the town of Saundersfoot from New Hedges. (www.stbrideshotel.com )
The Mermaid, The Harbour, Saundersfoot.
Tel: 01834 811873.
An upmarket fish and chip shop - Situated right on the slip-way down to the beach this is a great place during the day or evening for fish and chips. It is right on the beach and has fabulous views.
Tel: 01834 861491.
This is opposite the Queens Hall on the main Street.
The cafe is tucked away behind the deli;
Only open during the day ( 10am-5pm ).
The Bridge Inn, Coxlake, Nr. Narberth.
Tel: 01834 860541.
A contemporary gastro pub style food.
Redberth Lodge, Redberth.
Tel: 01646 651195
The Boathouse Tearoom, Stackpole Quay.
Only open during the summer season from Easter to October half term, it gets very busy so get in early to claim a table.
The Kings Arms, Main Street , Pembroke.
Tel: 01646 683611.
An old coaching Inn on the Main Street in Pembroke. (www.oldkingsarmshotel.freeserve.co.uk )
The Ferry Inn, Pembroke Dock.
Tel: 01646 682947.
Literally under the Cleddau Bridge .
Turn right just before the toll booths on the Pembroke Dock side of the bridge, the Ferry is on the left at the bottom of the hill. (www.cymru.uk.com/pembs/biz/enh/000280 )
The Point House, Angle.
Tel: 01646 641205.
Right on the water on the southern tip of the estuary, it can be a bit of an adventure getting to this place as it is at the end of a single track road and sometimes gets cut off at high tide.
There are lots of good places to eat in the North of the County.
A few suggestions include Llys Meddyg, Newport; The Sloop, Porthgain; Morgans, St. Davids and The Pharmacy, Solv
|Shopping and the Arts
We would recommend a trip to Narberth (www.narberth.co.uk) that has, over the years become a magnet for shoppers.
It has jewellery shops, pottery, antiques shops, art galleries and also the Golden Sheaf Gallery.
Nonetheless, Tenby has its fair share of shops that include some of the usual High Street names as well as the more exclusive such as Equinox and Underground Surf.
Pembrokeshire is also renowned for its arts and throughout the county you will find artists and their galleries scattered about. Tenby hosts an annual Arts Festival (www.tenbyartsfest.co.uk).
Here are but a small selection of galleries that we have come across;
Art Matters South Parade in Tenby.
David Morgan, High Seas Gallery, 8 The Norton, Tenby
Naomi Tydeman Gallery, Cobb Lane, Tenby
The Harbour Gallery, 1 St Julian Street, Tenby
Jellyegg, The Old Town Hall, High Street, Narberth (www.jellyegg.com)
The Golden Sheaf, 25 High Street, Narberth