Pembrokeshire is Britain’s only Coastal National Park. Located in the south west of wales, Pembrokeshire has award winning, Blue Flag beaches, abundant wildlife and attractive towns and villages. It’s an ideal destination if you want to combine the countryside and the seaside on your holiday, and it’s an ideal location for holiday cottages.

 

The Smallest City and Towns With Charm

Small in scale but big in charm, most of Pembrokeshire’s towns are intimately connected with the sea, having had links with ocean trade at some point in their history. The area also has the UK’s smallest city, St David’s, with just over 1,500 residents.

St David’s is located on a peninsula with stunning coastal scenery and access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. As well as being ideal for walkers, St David’s is the base for several wildlife watching trips, where you can travel by boat to see whales and dolphins, and the massed Gannets nesting on Grassholm Island.

The city is also home to the Oriel y Parc Gallery, built in 2008 to house Welsh national treasures, and the impressive St David’s Cathedral.

On the North Coast of Pembrokeshire lies Newport, a picturesque market town with a gorgeous, laid-back, undeveloped feel. The walled seaside town of Tenby is busier, but retains a charm of its own. It’s an award-winning coastal resort with a thriving harbour and three great beaches. It provides plenty of opportunities for watersports enthusiasts, including kayaking and jetskiing, and it offers more sedate attractions in the form of the Tudor Merchant’s House, owned by the National Trust, and the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

Further inland, the town of Narbeth has a high street lined with multi-coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings and an impressive number of real one-off shops, from antiques sellers to vintage and other gift and craft items. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafés and pubs to break up the shopping.

Haverfordwest is Pembrokeshire’s administrative centre with its own castle and museum and the recently excavated riverside ruins of an Augustinian priory. There is also an award-winning farmers’ market, and plenty of holiday cottages in the surrounding area.

Historical Sites for Sightseers

Pembrokeshire is home to medieval castles and prehistoric tombs, including Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle and Cilgerran Castle. Gilgerran Castle overlooks  the Teifi Gorge, in the most dramatic of locations.

West of Abercastle, on the north side of the St David’s Peninsula is Carreg Samson, an exposed Neolithic burial chamber, known as a cromlech. Another burial chamber is located in the heart of Bluestone Country, near Newport. This is Pentre Ifan, the most popular megalithic site in Wales, dating from around 3500 BC.

Like other parts of Wales, Pembrokeshire has a real feel of somewhere rooted in heritage and in the character of its surroundings. It’s popular as a holiday destination but much of the area retains a feeling of unspoiled, natural character and beauty.