Many of our guests simply put their feet up, let themselves be pampered, eat well and relax by a log fire with a drink in your hand. If you feel a little bit more energetic, we have plenty of suggestions closeby. Our team will be delighted to advise you and each of them will have their personal favourites that they would love to share with you.
Whether you are feeling energetic or just want a nice stroll, Pembrokeshire has walks for everyone. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of Britain’s National Trails and is 186 miles long stretching from Amroth in the south to Poppit in the north, passing 58 beaches and 14 harbours.
What makes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so interesting is the variety of landscapes ranging from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, and flooded glacial valleys. There are also some remarkably quaint towns and villages to explore on route.
Don’t be put off by the length of the Coast Path. The year round Coastal Bus Services are specially designed for walkers. Many of our guests will park up and travel by bus a few miles down the coast and walk back at your own pace.
We have a range of booklets & maps on local walks to help guide you and our staff will be delighted to advise you on their favourite walks
Stackpole Estate and Bosherston Lily Ponds
This stunning estate is blessed with a beautiful stretch of coastline with soft sandy beaches, wooded valleys and the world renowned lily ponds.
Stackpole is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve. Tree sheltered footpaths radiate from the site of Stackpole Court, a grand mansion demolished before the National Trust owned this area.
The famous Bosherston Lakes were created 200 years ago to provide a backdrop to Stackpole Court. They have evolved into a wildlife habitat famous for its otters, water birds and dragonflies.
Cliffs, sand dunes and tiny coves alternate along eight miles of coastline. Barafundle is a jewel of a beach set between limestone cliffs and backed by dunes and woods. This secluded bay can only be reached by a cliff path walk from Stackpole Quay, with steep steps at either end. Stackpole Quay itself is a tiny harbour used by local fishermen and small pleasure boats. Broadhaven South, at the foot of the Bosherston Lakes, is another safe family bathing beach.
A little further along the coast west from Broad Haven South is St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire's most southerly point. Outstanding views along the cliffs and St Govan's Chapel, a tiny building tucked into the cliffs is a real highlight to any trip to the area.
The Pembrokeshire coastline is famous for its beautiful islands. The islands are home to thousands of puffins, gannets and other sea birds whilst dolphin, porpoise, seals and whales can be seen in their waters at different times of the year.
An RSPB reserve, Ramsey is on the end of the St Davids peninsula. At nearly 400 ft in places, the western cliffs are among the highest in Wales. They are home to Ravens, Peregrines, and Buzzards. In spring, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, and Shags come to nest too. Choughs also breed on these cliffs, seeking out deep fissures and caves in which to build their nests. From mid-July, however, the cliffs empty as the auk chicks head out to the open sea. Several hundred seal pups are born each autumn on Ramsey's beaches and in the caves.
The southern heathlands of heather, gorse and coastal plants are the haunt of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, and Skylarks. The summits of Carn Ysgubor and Carn Llundain give splendid views east to the mainland, south to Skomer Island and on the clearest of days, west to Ireland.
Boat trips to and around Ramsey Island leave from St Justinian’s. Once on the island there are some spectacular yet rugged trails to explore.
Skomer is an island of sheltered bays and exposed headlands all painted with the graduated colours of lichen. It is known worldwide for its wildlife. Half the world's population of Manx shearwaters nest on the island and the Atlantic puffin colony of 6000 pairs is the largest in southern Britain. The Skomer vole, a subspecies of the bank vole, is unique to the island. Archeological stone circles, standing stones and the remains of prehistoric houses are also points of interest.
Skomer is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of the island has also been designated an ancient monument. It is surrounded by a marine nature reserve and is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Boats leave throughout the spring and summer months from Martins Haven. There are no refreshments available on the island, and so perhaps you need to consider one of our fabulous packed lunches to take with you.
Skokholm is managed by the Wildlife Trust for West Wales and lies just south of Skomer. The island is roughly a mile in length and half a mile across at its widest point. It has deep bays and gullies exposing interesting underlying rock strata in a variety of red and purple hues.
Surrounded by reefs and the rich seas of the Marine Nature Reserve it shares with Skomer, this island is a wildlife spectacle. It supports an incredible diversity of wildlife, including thousands of puffins, manx shearwaters and a large population of storm petrels. In the seas around the island you can see Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals whilst a little further out larger cetaceans can be spotted. Like Skomer it really is an incredible place to visit.
Boats leave four times a month from Martins Haven. Otherwise you might consider a wildlife safari from Dale or an evening boat cruise from Martins Haven.
Grassholm Island is a tiny white speck of land, 11 miles from the coast. As you approach the island, you begin to understand why it's white. It's home to the only Gannet colony in Wales and second largest in the UK. Not only are the rocks stained white with droppings but the air is white too, with thousands of Gannets on the wing. The island is a RSPB bird sanctuary.
Boat trips around the island can be organised at Martins Haven on Mondays or from St Justinians.
Caldey is an enchanting and tranquil island situated just south of Tenby. It is one of Britain's holy islands with Cistercian monks continuing a tradition, which began there in Celtic times back in the 6th Century. The cliffs on the south side and on neighbouring St Margaret's island are teeming with nesting seabird colonies from May to July but are best viewed from a round island boat trip. There's also one of Pembrokeshire's best beaches on Caldey, The Priory beach.
Catch a boat from Tenby Harbour if the tide is in or Castle Beach if the harbour is dry. Boats run from early April to late September all day apart from Sundays. The twenty-minute trip leaves visitors at the landing spot on the beautiful Priory beach, the only safe bathing spot on the island. From here it is a short stroll to the village and Monastery.
There are many castles to explore throughout Pembrokeshire.
Pembroke Castle where Henry VII was born, is the largest and most important in the county. Its mighty great keep, lofty towers and vast cavern are sure to impress. Exhibitions and guided tours make it a real destination for visitors whilst organised events for the children during the Easter and summer holidays make it a firm favourite with families.
Carew Castle is arguably one of Pembrokeshire's finest castles set in a magnificent position right on the estuary. Occupied from the 12th to 17th centuries by which time it had been transformed into a magnificent Elizabethan mansion.
Picton’s enchanting 13th century Castle is surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre garden.
Explore the Castle’s rich history, discover rare trees and plant collections from around the world and enjoy the magnificent Rhododendrons, shady woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden alongside living willow dens, family trails and an engaging adventure playground. The wildlife is abundant and there’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy the tranquility and take in the views.
Upton Castle and Gardens are several gardens in one. A walled garden and formal rose garden are surround by an arboretum of rare trees planted in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Upton Castle is a small castle the earliest remaining part of which is believed to date from the 12th/ 13th century. Three of the original towers survive and there is evidence of a drawbridge and port cullies entrance while one wing contains the remnants of what was probably the great hall. The inhabited part of the castle mainly dates from the 17th and18th century with later additions of two further towers in the 19th century. Nearby the small medieval chapel also thought to date from the 13th century contains several early effigies. In the grounds of the chapel is a stone preaching cross listed by CADW as a historic monument.
Other notable castles include Cilgerran Castle which probably commands the most dramatic location perched high above the Teifi Gorge. Whilst Manorbier Castle is a special Norman baronial residence overlooking the beach. It was once described as ‘the pleasantest place in Wales’.
Preseli Hills 'Mynydd y Preseli'
These rugged hills in North Pembrokeshire rise to 536 metres above sea level at Foel Cwmcerwyn and are dotted with prehistoric sites including evidence of Neolithic settlements. Bluestone from the hills is believed to have been used to build the inner circle of Stonehenge.
The range stretches from Dinas Island, Cardigan Bay to Frenni Fach, near Crymych approximately 13 miles to the east. The ancient 8-mile track along the top of the range, known as the Golden Road is very popular with ramblers who enjoy panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and its coastline.
Slate quarrying was once big business in the Preseli Hills and remnants of the quarries can still be seen in Rosebush. Pop into the Tafarn Zinc at Rosebush for a good pint, full of Welsh charm
Historic House and Gardens
Our warm client and a plentiful supply of water combined with rich, fertile soils means that Pembrokeshires historic houses often have outstanding gardens to visit.
Colby Woodland Gardens
The National Trust’s Colby Woodland garden near Amroth is set in a tranquil secret valley. Spring brings carpets of bluebells, crocuses, and daffodils, then swathes of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, followed by hydrangeas and the summer wildflowers. It’s a garden for all ages.
Dyffryn Fernant is a 6 acre garden in the hamlet of Llanychaer near Fishguard and started life in 1996 as 'complete wilderness'. The garden now features a wide range of planting including a bog garden, ornamental grass field, ebullient colour around the house, an exotically planted courtyard and a fernary.
Critically acclaimed by Gardeners World, Gardens Illustrated and Monty Don, Dyffryn Fernant is also one of the Great Gardens of West Wales.
Over the years Narberth has built up a reputation as the leading independent shopping experience in Wales with a range of fancy ladies boutiques, quality gift and antique shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.
The Golden Sheaf Gallery exhibits and sells local art, ironwork, textiles and ceramics. Welsh Farmhouse sells a range of gifts and top end country fashions whilst Whites Boutique, posh womenswear. The Narberth Pottery has been making ceramics with outstanding glazes for decades
No other county in Britain has more Blue Flag beaches or Seaside Awards than Pembrokeshire. With over 50 beaches to choose from there’s going to be one that just perfect for you, whether you want surfing, kayaking or kite surfing, or you are just looking for somewhere to relax, sunbathe, and build sandcastles.
In 2012, National Geographic Magazine listed the Pembrokeshire Coastline as the second Best Coastal Destinations in the World.
OUR FAVOURITE BEACHES
With swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters, this pristine and isolated beach is a real favourite. Regularly listed as one of the best beaches in the UK, this small bay backed by dunes and pine trees is only accessible by a half mile walk from Stackpole Quay which ensures that it’s always pleasant to visit.
Broad Haven South
This is a stunning wide sandy bay backed by large dunes. Explore the boulders and ‘island’ on the west side to discover caves and springs gushing out of the cliffs. The convoluted low cliffs on the east side have a few small caves to explore at low tide. The crystal clear stream on its east side is perfect for small children to play in.
The world famous Bosherton Lilly Ponds and its network of paths can be easily explored from the head of the beach making for the perfect day trip.
This sand and rocky beach is the hunting ground of the surfer always on the lookout for that perfect wave. South westerly facing it has the best waves in the county but it’s only for the experienced and strong swimmers.
Behind the beach are a magnificent set of sand dunes. Shell Cottage in the Harry Potter film’s was situated at the foot of one of these dunes and the battle scene from Ridley Scotts Robin Hood film were shot on the beach.
Picturesque harbour built into a corner on North Beach, between the old medieval walled town and castle hill. There’s a small sandy beach tucked up under the harbour wall that’s perfect for very young children. To the south of the harbour are the lifeboat stations, the old and the new. Hire speed boats, take a boat trip to Caldey Island or go on a paragliding trip from the harbour. There are many events such as Tenby Spectacular event and Paella evenings taking place on Tenby Harbour.
A superb, sheltered, safe, and sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goscar Rock sticking out of the sand in the middle. This is one of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end. It is an enclosed, east facing beach so it’s safe for young children and is a real sun trap even on windy days.
A mile and a half long, dune-backed beach playground. There’s plenty of space at the Tenby end for families or continue eastwards for more boisterous beach activities. There are acres of beach at low tide but still plenty of room at high tide.
A small but very popular resort with all the facilities you might need. It’s a wide, flat, and sandy beach at low tide but there’s still plenty of space at high tide. Enjoy a stroll along the pretty harbour, or take in the stunning views from the top of the hill. This beach is brilliant at low tide for fishing in the rock pools. Children also love to fish off the cat walk on the harbour for crabs on a line, try tempting them with some cockles bought at the fishmongers on the harbour.
West Angle Bay
At the mouth of the Milford Haven Estuary, this horseshow sandy cove is tucked right inside West Angle Bay. The beach is quite narrow at high tide but at low tide it’s revealed; a huge stretch of golden sand. The north end of the beach has rocks perfect for climbing and if you can find it, a cut through the cliffs leads to a secret beach!
Pembrokeshire and the surrounding area have a number of first class golf courses to choose from, many of which are classic links with stunning views of the coastline to help inspire your golf.
Choose between established clubs like Tenby, the oldest links club in Wales or brand new courses like Trefloyne. A little further you have the Nicklaus designed modern links Machynys that regularly hosts major championships and the well regarded Ashburnam Golf club
A mixture of rock climbing, cliff jumping and riding the surf. Experienced Coasteering guides will tailor your adventure activity to suit all including children and all cliff jumps are optional. Wales' coastline has an abundance of water features creating a natural water park with lots of water chutes and whirlpools making this highly recommended fun for the adventurous.
Family activity holidays in Wales don't get much more exciting than this.
Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to enjoy the National Park allowing access to caves, stacks and reefs along the coast, and the creeks and mudflats inland. It is a great chance to observe sea birds, seals and porpoises, estuary waders and wild fowl in an unobtrusive and sustainable way.
For the experienced sea kayaker there are extended trips along the coast and out to the islands as well as world class play boating in the fierce tidal streams. There are also great opportunities for surf kayaking on many of Pembrokeshire’s storm beaches.
The unspoilt, wild and beautiful beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast are the ideal location for learning to surf in Wales. Hang 5 and come learn to surf on some of the best beach breaks in the west.
For the more experienced, Freshwater West is your destination offering some of the best and most consistent surfing in Wales. There are left and right handers here most of the time. The sandy end of the beach is good for a beginner but can still hold a pretty feisty wave.
Pembrokeshire has a number of beaches and areas of coastline that are perfect for all levels of windsurfing. The shape of the coast usually means that favourable conditions can be found somewhere in the county with wind and surf particularly common outside of the summer months.
Sheltered spots such as Dale are great for learning while other more challenging areas such as Newgale and Freshwater West.
One thing is for sure, your back drop will be absolutely stunning and there is even the chance of an encounter with dolphins and seals.
Cycling and Mountain Biking Trails
Whether you are planning a cycle-touring holiday, or a short family ride, Pembrokeshire offers a huge choice of routes to suit all and is the ideal way to explore the National Park.
Some areas are suitable for true off-road mountain biking, particularly the Preseli Hills and the woodlands around Canaston Bridge and Stackpole. In any area you can plan a route that links villages, coastal views and historic sites via quiet country lanes and byways. It’s also easy and great fun to try a route involving mainly quiet roads and the occasional, short section of off-road bridleway.
Pembrokeshire offers plenty of opportunity for horse riding, taking you across a variety of landscapes and providing a great way of exploring the area. Whether you want to ride across open moorland, along wooded bridleways or down quiet country lanes, there's something for everyone, all offered by the excellent selection of riding establishments operating in the county.
Almost anywhere you ride in Pembrokeshire, you'll be travelling through an area of great historical interest. There are many other things to see from Iron Age forts and standing stones; to castles, ancient woodlands and quiet streams.
Riding on the golden sands of Pembrokeshire's beaches is also a popular activity.
The fishing in Pembrokeshire is some of the best to be had anywhere in Britain and as the county is surrounded on three sides by the sea, fish are never far away.
The coast offers excellent fishing from rocks or beaches offering Bass, Mackerel, Wrasse, and Flatfish to name but a few. Some of the popular marks are found on or near golden sands dotted around the county while other areas still provide the tranquility of fishing in near isolation, where you can easily find you have a whole stretch of coast to yourself.
There are also lots of opportunities for sea boat fishing where you get a chance to explore some more of the coastline and find the richest fishing areas.
Oakwood is Wales’ only theme park with plenty of rides to keep you busy all day. A whole new area called ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ opened in 2015, hot on the heals of the ‘Neverland’ themed area which opened a few years ago. The popular After Dark evening in the school holidays is always popular with families.
The award winning Folly Farm is more than just a famr. It’s a zoo, vinateg fun fair, an adventure playground and its open all year with 50% of the attractions under cover. Star attractions are the Lions, Giraffes and the Penguins.
The Blue Lagoon is a brilliant indoor water park with a wave machine, flume rides and a lazy river. Regular ‘after dark’ evening sessions are great fun when all the waves, cannons and jets are on full power! Next door is the Adventure Centre, a giant countryside themed indoor play centre and indoor high ropes course.
Manor House Wildlife Zoo
At Anna Ryder-Richardsons Welsh Zoo you can enjoy walk through enclosures where you can get close to the animals. The newest residents include Zamba and Jambo the Rhinos. Now open all year round.
For a monster day out, go to the Dinosaur Park near Tenby. As well as the Dinosaur trail, there are loads of rides and activities included in the admission price including an indoor adventure playground, digging for fossils and a giant bubble ride.
Heatherton Activity Theme Park
27 different activities to choose from including daring Tree Top Trails and the amazing Pirates of the Caribbean themed adventure golf course.