Pembrokeshire Coast is blessed with beautiful landscapes, beautiful activities, friendly people, and some of the best regional food in the country. Here is our guide to the best things you can do at Pembrokeshire.
Pembroteche steals the heart quickly.
Beautiful beach trails offer ideas to elevate emotions that can illuminate even the happiest days of lonely days. Colorful cliffs plunge headlong into the turbulent sea and forgotten beaches with golden sands of fine sand. The country’s rugged terrain twists into traditional valleys, small past caves and dunes rich with exotic wildlife.
There are many things to do at Pembrokeshire that take advantage of these various aspects. Search for some of the best vacations in the UK, wander around the stunning beach or climb the amazing Pembrokeshire Coast Path. If that all sounds too good to be true, go back to one of Pembrokeshire’s seas under the radar.
Introduce deceptive vistas with locally sourced and lovingly produced food. Try new lobster rolls from a pickup truck parked on the beach; enjoy Wales homemade cakes directly from Gogo’s kitchen and sample local gin from small seaside villages.
Finally, it reveals the story of Pembrokeshire found in ancient sites. Historic castles, ancient dolmens and magnificent bishops claim the Welsh past while traditional companies strike a chord with modern folk tales.
Here are some of our favorite things you can do at Pembremberes, we hope it steals your heart too.
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1 – SURF WAVE IN VOICE VOICE
There are fewer slippery beaches in the UK than in Freshwater West. Heading southwest overlooking the Atlantic rollers, it is considered to be the most stable surfing spot in Wales, capable of catching waves more than two meters high.
If you are a surf expert you don’t need our advice, but for beginners (like us) Freshwater West is a great place to start those surfing lessons.
Outer Reef runs a surf school almost every day during the warmer months, and while we didn’t really get into the Blue Room (within the wave fold) they made us stop for at least a few seconds. The wide, shallow beach is ideal for beginners, but if the swelling is too great, the classes move east to Manorbier. All the equipment you need is provided and the courses last 3 hours.
After winning the waves, take lunch at Café Môr, an empty van in a parking lot in Freshwater West. Their lobster rolls are legendary.
2 – HIKE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH
At a distance of 186 miles, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the best national trails in the country. During its voyage, it passes over steep cliffs and golden beaches; beautiful villages with small harbors; and blue lakes.
It takes 10 to 15 days to travel the entire route from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north. But if you do not have the time, it is entirely possible to complete some of the best stages in a short period of time.
We have selected our seven favorite circular walks along the coast of Pembrokeshire. Some are just a few hours on flat ground, while others are extremely difficult to climb to the top of the dunes to the tops of rocky peaks. They are all outside on good days, usually with a pub at the end.
3 – Take PILGRIMAGE TO DAVIDE’S CATHEDRAL
St Davids is the smallest city in the UK and the resort of St. David in charge of Wales. The teacher and preacher who founded the monastery died in 589 CE and was purified in 1120. In 1123, Pope Calixtus II declared “two pilgrimages to St David’s were equal to one to Rome, and one to Jerusalem in another”. A large church was built shortly after 1131.
In an attempt to avoid the long journey to Jerusalem, pilgrims – and money – flocked in droves. The cathedral was soon deemed the smallest, and the largest was followed 50 years later.
Today, this magnificent structure stands next to the decaying ruins of the archbishop’s palace, both located neatly within the city center. It is a fascinating place to explore, full of stories and fascinating history. Do not miss the lovely three-painted wooden roof, the Edward Edward Confessor church and its pink alabaster altar, the newly renovated temple of St. David, and the stables built by intricate choirs.
Choir services start at 6pm providing an intuitive way to discover this treasure trove. It is a moving and inspiring thing to do in Pembrorshi.
St David’s Cathedral / 10am – 5pm (Mon-Sat); 1pm – 5pm (Sun) | Cost: Free
St David’s Bishop’s Palace / 10am – 5pm (closes 1-1: 30pm) | Cost: $ 4 | Booking: online
4 – GO BIRDWATCHING IN THE ISSUE
There are few better wildlife experiences in the UK than a boat trip to Skomer Island. During the spring, the birds migrate to the nest and remain there until the middle of summer. Tens of thousands of puffins, guillemots, and razorbills will lay eggs in these protected tigers.
The shear manx water is here from May to September. At noon they are at sea, but in the evening, they gather in large numbers and rest in the water near the island. Symptoms can be seen at sea all year round but only as far as the beach go to the pup in October and if you are lucky, you can see porpoises playing in the waves.
There are many trips available including a boat trip around the island, a sunset trip for Manx Shearwaters and a five-hour trip to the island. Boats sail from Martins Haven at the end of the Marloes peninsula and during the great season they fill up quickly to book ahead.
5 – UNTIL BEAUTIFUL BEASTS
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. You can have a great day in any of them, but here’s our choice.
Barafundle Beach is often listed as one of the best destinations in Britain. Surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides and supported by dunes and pine trees, golden sands and crystal clear waters create an ideal setting. The harbor is well protected, so the waves are usually small which makes it ideal for young families. There are no facilities on the beach, but a National Trust cafe, car park and toilets are ten minutes away.
Whitesand beach sweeps with white powder sand on the head of St David’s head. It’s a great place to keep everyone happy. Unlike the many remote beaches of Pembrokresre, there are seats that sit on the ground and windstorms are rented out for laziness; surfboards, body boards and wet clothes for those looking for more adventure; and a cafe and toilets near the parking lot.
Want to move from the crowds to the glorious beach surrounded by three sides of the cliffs? Then head to Traeth Llyfn. It is a 15 minute walk over amazing cliffs from the Abereiddy car park or 30 minutes from Portgain to the steep metal stairs that descend to the cove. In the deep waters there is only a small amount of sand, but when the water recedes, a shiny sea of gold emerges. There are no resources, but if you find the right wavelengths, a glorious day to go out. More details are in our Blue Lagoon post.
6 – ADMIRE FULL TERM PERIOD
Tenby is a picturesque town located on the east coast of Pembrokeshire Coast. The small harbor is still a refuge for fishermen and their canoes, and they live beneath the proud palace in the wild.
Tenby is blessed with two beautiful beaches. North Beach is beautiful for families, with its iconic rock from the golden sands. Castle Beach is small but has highlighted a trip to St. Catherine’s Island as the wind blows.
While the city itself has left us a little overwhelmed, the undeniable effect of the colorful sweeping pastel houses overlooking the harbor is undeniable. They are clearly visible from the rocks at the northern end of the harbor.
7 – ENJOY HOME PRODUCT
Pembrokeshire puts some parts of the country in disgrace when it comes to the sweetness of local products. With regional seafood offerings ranging from cove to cove, to the current interest in all gin products, here are some of our top options for local products at Pembrokeshire.
Welsh cakes are a delicacy that transcends the text separation somewhere between scone and pancakes. Baked on a stainless steel griddle, they are soft, sweet, and tend to be served less and less sugary. Our favorite Wales traditional cake came from Fforc in Narberth. Of the Welsh cakes that hit all the right art notes, MamGu (Grandmother) in the port city of Solva is perfect after walking along the coast.
While we can look at and reduce saliva over seafood these days, we were doing just that at Lobster & Môr in Little Haven. Their lobster rolls with sea butter look delicious. Similarly, Café Môr van’s Freshwater West carpark and The Shed in Porthgain are known for their excellent crab sandwiches. Mrs Will the Fish from Solva prepares locally caught crabs, lobsters and seafood daily
Caffle Brewery produces craft ales that have a low impact on the environment with words inspired by nan’s brewer’s nan. Kift (meaning unusual and different) blonde ale was our favorite. Bluestone Brewery produces a brewery, stable beer from a small farm in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Their beer is available throughout the region, or you can visit them at Grain, their pizza blend in the yard at St David’s.
Gin is approaching a cult state in Pembrokeshire. Most cities and towns will have a local distillery or one of the closest. Tir and Môr from Lobster & Môr in Little Haven were our favorites. Light, bright, and sharp, the perfect summer drink to take to the beach. Pembrokeshire Gin Co has a lot of special arm-up features, and several similar prizes.
In fact, with the pizza oven in their garage, the family in charge of Noddfa Farm managed to produce the best pizza we had for a long time. There is no choice you can make, only one pizza (and a vegetarian partner) cooked to perfection. They make their bases from scratch and lightly fry the tomatoes with a rich, complex and slightly tasty sauce. Enjoy directly from the box on a wooden bench overlooking amazing views from the farm. It is open in the summer, Thursday through Saturday.
08 – COASTEER Blue LAGOON
The Pembrokeshire slate was in high demand throughout the British Isles and the quarry at Abereiddy was famous for its brilliant, earthy light. The quarry was closed in 1910, but seeing a unique opportunity, a local fisherman blasted a small tunnel between the quarry and the sea, building an artificial harbor in an old pit. Today, the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy is a 150-foot [25 m] deep lake dotted with lush blue sky.
A great way to explore is to join a coasteering team – a unique outdoor activity with gentle crazy adrenaline. The first part of the trip takes place on the beach where you will cross a rocky outcrop, jump off a cliff into the water and climb a swamp.
The second part of the tour makes full use of Blue Lagoon. Go down the rough slopes before jumping into the lake and try to get in from the increasingly high ground of the old quarry buildings at the edge.
We traveled with Celtic Quest and had a great time. But if you do not want to join the group, then you can check yourself out. Read our Blue Lagoon post for more details.
09 – LIMIT ARTISAN SIDE OF PEMBROKESHIRE NARBERTH
If there is still a hidden gem to be found in Pembraseres, we can call it Narberth. It has nothing, like Hay-on-Wye, is not approved by celebrity chefs and is not very good. But it has managed to gain a reputation as a top-notch investigator of high quality local materials. Good food without hype; quirky shops without hypocrisy.
Ultracomida is a small independent supplier of food from Spain, Wales and France. Choose from a selection of selected cheeses There is a typical wooden tapas bar at the back, producing delicious holes inspired by the Spaniards.
Wise Buys is a greengrocer on its shelves bursting with a huge selection of fruit, old sweets, and craft alcohol. Fforc is a small deli with the best Welsh cakes we’ve sampled on our trip, but unfortunately, the coffee doesn’t live up to their other standards, so give it a go.
There are many antique shops full of mish-mash of unknown objects, but do not miss the Useful and Beautiful Things, a museum of antiquities.
10 – THE LAST PICTURES OF THE PICTURE
The damaged and battered coast between Tenby and Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park hides many hidden treasure treasures. Scenic rocky outcrops and sandy beaches off the radar often travel a short distance from the nearest car park. Here are a few of our favorite photographers in Pembrokeshire.
SHRINKLE HAVEN & CHURCH DOORS
Shrinkle Haven is a beautiful rocky outcrop extending into the sea, separating two beautiful unspoiled beaches. Go down the stairs behind the sea and you can see the natural arch of the Church doors next to it. Park in the parking lot at the end of YHA Manorbier Road and check out.
CHAPTER ST GOVAN
Just south of Bosherston, St Govan’s Chapel is a small structure measuring only 20 feet [20 m] in height and 12 feet [12 m]. Enclosed in a space on the cliffs, it is a famous photography site in Pembrokeshire. It was built in the 13th century but is believed to date from the time of St Govan in the 6th century. You can go down to the temple to collect a pistol from the rocks beneath it, or up to the top to pick it up.
RECK STAGES AND GREEN BRIDGE
Stakes Rocks (Creigiau Elegig) are two large pillars that rise out of the sea. In late spring and early summer, they are covered with restaurant guillemots. Next to the entrance is the Green Bridge of Wales, a magnificent natural arch that reaches 80 feet [80 m] in height. Both are slowly eroding but at the moment, they are still the best places to photograph Pembrokeshire.
Please note that St Govan’s Chapel and Stacks Rocks are within the Castlemartin Ministry of Defense training area and are sometimes closed for shooting activities. Check the times before you leave.
11 – HAVE A LUNCH IN THE CUTTING AREA
The restaurant in Pembrokeshire is just the way we like it: it has local ingredients, not too much noise and is often set up in seemingly relaxed places. As the saying goes for southern Wales, these are great restaurants in Pembrokeshire.
The Shed in Porthgain is a paradise for seafood lovers. It is just above the wooden shack directly from the harbor, famous for its fresh fish and chips, well-prepared and spicy monkfish curry. Haddock fish and hake fillet cakes look very attractive.
STACKPOLE INN, STACKPOLE
The Stackpole Inn is a well-decorated restaurant with a cozy warm winter days and a beer garden that extends its front grass to keep it warm. The menu changes weekly and is intended to reflect the best local product they can find.
St Bride’s Inn in the small town of Little Haven makes all the usual fine food, as well as a special seafood changing board. The walls are lined with black and white images of the harbor in the past, giving you a nice ocean breeze. Don’t miss the other local ales, Sholly Amber Ale of Pembrokeshire’s Caffle brewery and Bedrock Blonde of Bluestone were our choice.
12 – CHECK THE PEPROKE CASTLE
From Caernarfon and Conway in the north to Caerphilly in the south, Wales has been blessed with amazingly well-preserved defenses. Pembroke Castle is also different.
Built early in the 11th century and rebuilt a hundred years later, it is one of the most beautiful Norman castles in Britain. Like the birthplace of Henry VII, it flows over the Pembroke River and on a dry day, the ancient walls are lightly covered with colored trees, shining brightly. Walking around the body of water in front of the castle taking pictures is a great thing you can do in Pembrokeshire.
Just a few miles away is the Carew castle almost identical. Norman’s castle rises behind a peaceful mill. Do not miss its glorious manifestations, the 11th-century Celtic cross, and the only Tidal Mill restored to Wales.
It’s free to look at both castles across the water but there is money to check inside.
Pembrokes Castle / 9:30 am – 4pm | Cost: £ 7 | Booking: advance online.
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill / 10am – 3:30 pm (Tidal Mill: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm) | Cost: £ 6.50 | Booking: advance online
13 – WONDERFUL FOR OLD PLANTS
There are dots along the coast of Pembrokresre there are all kinds of ancient fossils. Iron ore is falling off the cliffs, and burial mounds have been infested with ruined fields and temples that have seen better days. Most interesting and impressive is the range of dolphins.
The dolmen is a single chamber tomb consisting of at least two (but often more) large prehistoric standing stones supporting another large stone (the main stone) on top of it. In appearance they are like a table, and most of them are over five thousand years old.
Large and well maintained is the Center Ifan, inland from Newport. Our favorite was Carreg Samson. Place in a garden by the sea, supported by sea spaces and tall cliffs.
14 – HAVE A PIN WITH WATER
There are several large restaurants along the Pembroquiser but three in particular caught our eye.
The Sloop Inn in Porthgain was founded in 1743. The bar is full of memababilia that reflects the ancient history of the industry and fishing. Pictures of the old harbor, the bricks of the now-defunct fire, and the objects of the sea have their walls.
On a warm day, its balcony can be seen in the harbor, but it is a wooded interior, a cozy fire that burns, and old board games about sailors sheltering in the cold, foggy winter. It is simply one of the most awe-inspiring restaurants on the shores of Pembrokeshire.
The Dinas Cross printery can be busy and for good reason. Placed in the sand behind a remote and lovely spot it not only has a beautiful local IPA and metal but also catches fish and seafood from the sea.
A small street downstairs where you can be a little blocked, but take your time, walk around Dinas Head, sit at one of the tables at the pub picnic and get in for a few hours.
Cresselly Arms is not by the sea, but by a section of the river at sea. Coal was once brought here by oxcart, loaded onto flat bottom boats, and carried to the river.
Today as the tide rises, fishing and tourist boats stop at the harbor in front of Cresselly Arms to try out the local ales and enjoy some Welsh cuisine from the most friendly crew.
OTHER VISITIONS TO PEMBROKESHIRE
There are so many wonderful things to do in Pembrukresre that unfortunately, they could not do everything on our list. If you have time, here are some suggestions.
STACKPOLE SEX PILLS
In June and July beautiful white flowers float in a man-made pond on the Stackpole Estate and if you are too lucky you can see an otter jumping in and out of the banks. Visit us while we are at one of our favorite places and recommend that you check them out if you have the time.
LAUGHARNE CASTLE & DYLAN THOMAS BOATHOUSE
The two do not make the list because they are not in Pembraseres. But it is only a short walk across the border to see one of the most beautiful Welsh castles (and the next neighbor) a small houseboat where Dylan Thomas lived for the last four years of his short life.