5 Unorthodox Paces to Visit in Pembrokeshire

5 Unorthodox Paces to Visit in Pembrokeshire

The Abergwaun Hotel is the ideal base for you to explore some of the local sights and attractions in Pembrokeshire. From historic archeological finds and buildings, to beautiful beaches and natural wonders of the Welsh coastline, this area of Wales has something to offer everyone. Here are some of the more unorthodox places you can visit whilst you stay at our Hotel in Fishguard.

Carew Castle & Tidal Mill

Throughout Carew Castle and Tidal Mill’s 2,000-year history, knights of the realm enjoyed supreme power, kingmakers conspired, and Elizabethan intrigue was rife. Located near a 23-acre millpond, the Castle is among the most architecturally diverse in Wales; from the west, a Norman fortress, and from the north, an Elizabethan mansion. The site also includes the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, a Celtic cross from the 11th century, a Medieval bridge and picnic area, all connected by a mile-long circular walk with magnificent views of the millpond.

Barafundle Bay and Beach

Only a half mile walk from the nearest car park, this small bay is surrounded by dunes and pine trees. The golden sand and crystal clear waters of Barafundle have made it one of Britain’s and the world’s best beaches for many years; it’s like a Caribbean getaway! There are no facilities at this pristine beach, which means you have to carry everything back up over the cliffs. Be sure to check out the tide times if you are planning on visiting so that you do not get cut off by the incoming tide!

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village

Get a taste of prehistoric life at Castell Henllys, Britain’s only Iron Age village reconstructed on the exact spot where roundhouses stood over 2000 years ago. Iron Age villagers will share their knowledge about prehistoric life and living with the land in roundhouses through talks and demonstrations of ancient skills and crafts. This village represents Demetae tribe members who lived here before, during, and after the Roman invasion.

Skomer Island

Skomer Island lies off the coast of Pembrokeshire, in the community of Marloes and St Brides. The island is famous for its wildlife with half of the world’s population of Manx shearwaters nest there, the Atlantic puffin colony being the largest in southern Britain, and the Skomer vole (a subspecies of the bank vole) is unique to the island. As well as being a national nature reserve, Skomer is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages the marine nature reserve surrounding it. There are a number of archaeological sites in Skomer, including stone circles, standing stones, and the remains of prehistoric houses. Much of the island has been designated an ancient monument.

St Govan’s Chapel

St Govan’s Chapel is a thirteenth century building built into the side of a limestone cliff. It measures 20 ft by 12 ft and is divided into two chambers. There may even be evidence that parts of the chapel date back to the sixth century, when Saint Govan, a monk, moved into a cave on the site of the chapel. According to legend, Saint Govan is buried beneath the chapel’s altar at the East end. The entrance to the building is via a doorway is located on the North side, with low stone benches runnning along the North and South walls, and an empty bellcote is located at the west end, with the addition of amodern slate roof.