From picturesque towns to the smallest city in Britain. Take a look at our recommended list of places to visit in Pembrokeshire during your stay at the Grove.
Looking north from Grove you will see Narberth just 1 mile from us. This lively little town is twinned with Ludlow, and both towns celebrate very successful annual food festivals.
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.
One of our favourite places to lunch is Ultracomida, one of the best Spanish deli’s in the UK. Look out for the chorizo in Welsh cider and ox cheeks cooked in fino.
The picturesque town of Tenby, ‘Dinbych-y-Pysgod’ meaning little town of the fishes is a town steeped in ancient history, surrounded by an imposing medieval stone wall. Tenby is one of the UK's finest coastal resorts, with a medieval centre, a stunning harbour and three gorgeous Blue Flag soft sandy beaches.
Take a look at the Tudor Merchants House, this 15th century house is the oldest furnished residence in the town. Standing on Quay Hill, between the harbour and Tudor square, it is owned and managed by the National Trust. The house is open between March and October.
A day trip by boat from Tenby Harbour to Caldey Island is always popular with our guests.
Saundersfoot is a popular coastal village near Tenby with a little harbour and large sandy beach which is very popular with holiday makers. Its harbour was originally constructed for the export of high quality anthracite coal from the many mines in the area. The course of the tramway from Bonville's Court mine bisects the village and ends at the jetty. The tramway from Stepaside now forms a stunning sea front for visitors to enjoy the magnificant view out over Carmarthen Bay to Worms Head on the Gower coast.
The walk from Saundersfoot to Monkstone point and beyond at low tide is a special experience and highly recommended. Walking the other way you will reach Coppet Hall beach which is very popular with beach goers and dog walkers alike. Our sister restaurant Coast with acclaimed Head Chef Will Holland is situated right on Coppet Hall beach. The restaurant is open all year round and specialises in fish with lobster, crab and line caught seabass always featuring on the menu.
St Davids is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, Wales's patron saint, and the de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales. It is the only city in the United Kingdom to lie entirely within a National Park.
The Cathedral which dates from 1181 was built on the site of the monastery where St David (Dewi Sant) died in circa 589 AD. The cathedral was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages and indeed remains so to this day attracting thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.
St David's has lots of lovely shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding area has some magnificent coastline to enjoy coastal walking.
Porthgain is a picturesque village with a small harbour located in the Coastal National Park between St David's and Goodwick. The village originally manufactured slate which was quarried nearby before turning to brickmaking. The large brick hoppers on one side of the harbour are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and in 1987 Porthgain was designated as a conservation area for the first time.
Today the harbour is home to local fishermen and the coastal walks north and south are popular routes. The village itself boasts a very good pub called the ‘Sloop Inn’ and a well regarded quayside bistro called ‘the Shed’. Its Harbour Lights Gallery, is arguably the leading art gallery in Pembrokeshire and features original Welsh artwork.
Solva lies on the north side of St Bride's Bay just 5 miles from St Davids, right on the Coastal Path. This picturesque village enjoys fabulous coastal walks to the east and west looking out at St Bride's Bay. The half mile walk to the east takes you to the top of the Gribin with the secluded Gwadyn beach beyond.
The rocks at the entrance to Solva Harbour make it one of the most sheltered anchorages between Fishguard and Milford Haven. Solva was the main trading centre of St Bride's Bay in the medieval period, and was important for lime burning. Several lime kilns are preserved in the harbour area. In the 19th century, Solva had around 30 registered trading ships. This coastal trade has now been replaced by tourism, and the harbour is a popular boating centre.
Solva also has a small collection of shops and galleries and some excellent pubs. Solva Woollen Mill, located at the nearby village of Middle Mill, claims to be the oldest continuously working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire.
Famous as the home of Dylan Thomas, Laugharne is an ancient town steeped in history popular with writers, artists, tourists, anglers, and bird watchers alike.
Situated on the 'heron priested' Taf estuary there are plenty of walks, a castle and a fine Norman church, and of course, Dylan Thomas's Boathouse where he wrote many major pieces of work - including Under Milk Wood.
Dylan and Caitlin lived with their children at the Boathouse from 1949 to 1953, and today it is a small heritage centre. Dylan had a long term affinity with Laugharne also living previously at "Eros" in Gosport Street and the "Sea View". Dylan is buried in St. Martin’s new church yard and his grave is marked with a plain white cross.
The dramatic ruins of a Norman Castle which overlooks the estuary is also open to the public from April to the end of September.
Drink at Brown's Public House where the poet himself would have a pint, or two.
This pretty small town is situated at the edge of the Preseli Hills is an ideal base for some wonderful walks. Our favourite being the walk from the beach to Dinas Head.
The town has a plenty of little shops, cafés and art galleries. There are also some excellent places to eat including Lys Meddyg, The Canteen and The Golden Lion pub.
Nearby Melin Tregwent is definitely worth a visit. This woollen mill makes and sells exclusive blankets, throws and cushions, furniture, accessories and clothing that combine authentic Welsh tradition with innovative and modern design.