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Popular Holiday Locations in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire's landscape is full of different terrains - there's the coves and caves worn into the cliff faces, the climbs to the top of the Preseli Hills, and the gentle countryside walks for those who just want to drift away with their thoughts. We've separated the county into four areas, so you can find the towns near where you're staying, and can explore what this beautiful county has to offer.

North Pembrokeshire

aberporth

Aberporth, with its golden beaches, is one of Ceredigion's most charming coastal settlements. At Aberporth you will find yourself welcome amongst people who will share your appreciation of the quality of life and landscapes offered within the area. The Aberporth area offers a broad selection of quality accommodation and is a convenient base...

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ceibwr bay

Ceibwr is an attractive little bay, totally undeveloped and the haunt of shy seabirds and Grey Atlantic seals, with the nearby village of Moylegrove within walking distance. The cliff walking is high, craggy and awesomely beautiful whatever the weather or season. The cliffs show evidence of impressive forces at work circa 400 million years ago when...

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cwm yr eglwys

Cwm Yr Eglwys is a firm favourite with those ‘in the know’. This wonderfully sheltered hamlet, right on the shore, has a micro-climate many degrees warmer than other sections of this coastline. The trees and flowers seem bigger, brighter and have a longer flowering period. There is a variety of circular walks incorporating the coast, country and ne...

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cwmtydu

Cwmtydu (part of the Ceredigion Heritage Coast) is a secluded cove with a predominantly shingle beach. Both folding and faulting are exposed in the bands of shales and grits that form the cliffs. These rocks were laid down 400 million years ago in the Silurian era. At low tide why not take a look at some of the caves which over the years have p...

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dinas cross

Dinas Cross is a thriving village under a mile from the sea and well served with shops, inns and a petrol station. In spring and early summer the hedges are full of wild flowers and abound with birdlife. As you look out to sea, at your back is Mynydd Dinas and Carn Enoc and wherever you go in north Pembrokeshire you are always in sight of these dra...

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fishguard

Fishguard Bay & Lower Town celebrated the bi-centenary of the last invasion of Britain recently and have been used as a set for many major films, including Under Milkwood and Moby Dick. A mile inland, separated from the coast by Dinas Mountain lies the Gwaun Valley, an area designated in its own right for its unspoilt natural beauty. Fishguard (Fis...

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nevern

Nevern is a particular favourite with everyone here at Coastal Cottages. The dramatic coastline gently gives way to a wide sweeping sandy beach. Pretty cottages hide down flower-strewn lanes and the walking is excellent. Nevern village is a little-known beauty spot of quaint cottages, an arched river bridge and an early Norman church with a 1,000-y...

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newport sands

Newport Sands – a superb long stretch of beach with lots of room to play games and sail boats. The beach is backed by a popular nine-hole golf course with club house. At low tide you can walk across the estuary to Newport Parrog, and the walk around the river bank through a bird sanctuary to the road bridge crossing is always enjoyable. Nature has ...

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pwllgwaelod

Pwllgwaelod is just 1/2 mile from Dinas and Cwm yr Eglwys and it is the start to one of my favourite walks from the beach around Dinas Island (a headland) into Cwm yr Eglwys, and back through a flat wooded valley(with a path designed for the disabled) to Pwllgwaelod Beach. Relaxing is easy and, for those who prefer active relaxation, public tennis ...

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st dogmaels

The first village in Pembrokeshire, and an excellent choice for those seeking a waterside holiday with opportunities for boating, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing and relaxing on the long sandy beach at Poppit. This historical village was an important religious centre. The 12th-century Abbey ruins are well worth a visit, as is the Water Mill wher...

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North West Pembrokeshire

abercastle

Abercastle has always been a much loved place with the regular guests. Until 1995, the Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire office was located in a lovely stone workshop on the beach. We all miss the regular visits from guests who popped in on their way back to their cottages to report the sighting of a peregrine, chough, dolphin or seal pup. The inle...

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abereiddy

A ‘blue’ sandy beach with dramatic cliffs, pretty colour-washed cottages and the striking Blue Lagoon - once a slate quarry. This beach-side community, previously the home of quarrymen, now attracts visitors seeking a retreat from the hassles of modern-day life. One of Pembrokeshire’s most beautiful beaches, Traethllyfn, lies just one mile north of...

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aberfelin bay

Aberfelin, when the tide is out , abounds with myriads of rock pools in this little sand and shingle beach enclosed by rugged cliffs. Its own special island with a tunnel you can walk through and clear blue water completes this lovely quiet bay. The cove and little stone mill on the stream provided the inspiration for one of Wales’ famous bards to ...

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abermawr

Tregwynt Manor was once one of the largest country estates in Wales; consequently there are numerous lovely stone cottages and mills in individual idyllic settings dotted through the wooded valleys that emerge onto the coast at Abermawr and Aberbach beaches. The area has a circumference of 3 miles, is lightly populated but includes a world-renowned...

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mathry

Friendly villages with outstanding sea views. Mathry has a village pub and a woodturner. There is an unusual church, pub and village green from which high-hedged lanes splay out towards the bays of Abercastle and Abermawr. An excellent centre from which to explore the north coast. One of the best ways of seeing it is on a bike; these can be hired f...

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porthgain

Porthgain is a thriving, if tiny, community of fishermen, an artist’s gallery, picturesque pub with excellent beer plus first class bar food and an excellent restaurant. The harbour is sandy-bottomed, and one of Pembrokeshire’s finest beaches lies just over the headland at Traethllyfn; it is owned by the National Trust and enclosed by high cliffs w...

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strumble head

Strumble Head’s dramatic cliffs, smugglers bays and Iron Age forts have inspired artists and poets, tempted Viking and Irish raiders and provided the habitat for seals, birds and wildflowers through the ages. The cottages in this area offer a peaceful tranquillity, close to the coast and all within easy reach of Fishguard’s shops, restaurants, gall...

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whitesands bay

The beach proudly flies the European Blue Flag and the wide expanse of fine white sand curving towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids has been rated one of the best beaches in Britain by the Good Beach Guide. Garn Llidi is a towering dramatic volcanic outcrop, surf pounds into the bay and the Coastal Path takes you through Iron Age fields a...

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West Pembrokeshire

broad haven

The village boasts a marvellous beach which has been a favourite with bathers since 1800. Sheltered by impressive cliffs on either side, the northern end of this long, superb beach has impressive geological features including natural arches. Broad Haven village is at sea level and many properties enjoy good views of the bay and off-shore island...

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cleddau estuary

Many associate Pembrokeshire with the sea and sandy beaches, but hidden among bluebell woods and historic castles which line the Cleddau river is a secret hideaway, unchartered waters for many visitors to Pembrokeshire. Here pretty villages nestle into the banks, the majority born from busy river trade of times gone by, now providing ample launchin...

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dale

Dale village and beach attract people throughout the year. Its sheltered harbour at the entrance to Milford Haven waterway is a favourite with yachtsmen and windsurfers. Henry VII landed here to rouse his troops and march to Bosworth in 1485; tourists usually rouse the troops to walk the Coastal Path to beautiful West Dale beach. Marloes villag...

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hayscastle

set in beautiful countryside with wonderful hill and country walking on your doorstep. Set in a peaceful area that abounds with tiny lanes banked by wild flowers and trails which lead you over the open hillsides calling with the song of curlews. Each village has its own charm and history and the local inns are a good place for supper and listening ...

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little haven

This tiny picturesque cove squeezes a bustling village with three welcoming pubs, village shop & tea-room, restaurant and pottery/craft shop into a narrow steep-sided valley. The beach is sandy and popular for swimming and sailing. The cliffs here are some of the most spectacular, with wonderful wild flower displays throughout the spring and sum...

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newgale

Newgale has everything you would expect of a beach with wide golden sand, surf-bound waves and amazing sky-scapes. Be prepared to slow down, apply your brakes and absorb Newgale bay’s breathtaking beauty. Roch village is under two miles from Newgale. Its’ 11th-Century castle keep dominates the Pembrokeshire skyline for 20 miles and is surrounded by...

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nolton

Nolton is a pretty coastal village and cove, equidistant from Newgale beach and Broad Haven sands. Although tiny, it has a number of excellent tourist facilities including a riding centre with trekking and indoor schooling, boating, fishing, pub/restaurant and Celtic Corner (an evening of traditional Welsh fayre and entertainment). St Madoc’s is a ...

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roch

Roch village is under two miles from Newgale. Its’ 11th-Century castle keep dominates the Pembrokeshire skyline for 20 miles and is surrounded by tiny cottages and a lovely church. A village shop, fish & chip bar, pub, motel and leisure centre which includes bars, restaurant, solarium, swimming pool and fitness suite - all serving the village....

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solva

Solva is one of the prettiest villages in Wales with traditional fishermen’s cottages clustered along the harbour and the green hillside which naturally divides the village in two. Upper Solva enjoys spectacular views across St Brides Bay and is skirted on one side by the Coastal Path – the small village shops and post office are in this part of So...

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st brides beach

St Brides Haven is a small cove with sand exposed at low tide and shingle/pebbles further up the beach. It is excellentfor bathing, but isn't so good for 'Force-of-Nature' sports. The rockpools are interesting though and the cove provides good views aross St Brides Bay. Interesting features near the beach include an early Christian Cemeter...

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wolfscastle

are set in beautiful countryside with wonderful hill and country walking on your doorstep. Set in a peaceful area that abounds with tiny lanes banked by wild flowers and trails which lead you over the open hillsides calling with the song of curlews. Each village has its own charm and history and the local inns are a good place for supper and listen...

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South Pembrokeshire

amroth

Amroth is a tiny, friendly village strewn along the seafront and valley-side through the National Trust lands of Colby Woods and Gardens. Visitors to this area should not leave without visiting the Colby Woods and Gardens which are famous for their colourful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland walks. Summer treats at Colby include open...

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angle

Angle is a pretty, peaceful village with a long sea-faring tradition and lies at the top of the southern banks of the Cleddau and has two bays. The village, built around the bay within the estuary, provides many cottages with launching facilities at the bottom of their garden. Wonderful coastal and woodland walks can be enjoyed; try the trek to Ang...

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bosherston

This is a wonderful area, with spectacular cliffs and stacks featuring the Green Bridge of Wales, a natural limestone arch reaching out into the sea. Hidden harbours, sandy beaches and the remarkable sixth century St Govan’s Chapel await discovery. Broadhaven, Barafundle and Swanlake beaches have to be approached on foot and are very seldom crowded...

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carmarthen

Carmarthenshire truly has one of the most diverse landscapes in Wales. Follow the scenic route of rivers and visit historic castles, travel through rolling countryside which encompasses mountains, ancient forests and golden sandy beaches. A haven for artists and craftspeople; there are studios and workshops dotted all over the county. A land fu...

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castlemartin

This is a wonderful area, with spectacular cliffs and stacks featuring the Green Bridge of Wales, a natural limestone arch reaching out into the sea. Hidden harbours, sandy beaches and the remarkable sixth century St Govan’s Chapel await discovery. Broadhaven, Barafundle and Swanlake beaches have to be approached on foot and are very seldom crowded...

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laugharne

Its once famous resident the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas put the village of Laugharne on the map - a "legendary lazy, little black-magical bedlam by the sea". He lived in the Boathouse, now a heritage centre, and is buried at St Martin's church. The locals will tell you that Laugharne is - technically, at least - beyond the law: a charter g...

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lydstep

Lydstep is a tiny, picturesque village on a beautiful stretch of coastline just over 3 miles from the popular and historic town of Tenby. Lydstep is loved by guests and locals alike with its friendly local pub/beer garden, the well stocked Lydstep garden nurseries and local health and beauty spa. It’s natural assets include the spectacular cliffsc...

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manorbier

The village of Manorbier straddles a deep valley and is dominated by a lovely Norman castle, still privately owned but open from April to September. Gerald the Welshman was born here in 1145 and the castle has had a close attachment to the community ever since. A pretty church on the opposite side of the valley and the beautiful beach below add up ...

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pembroke

The Norman walls and towers of Pembroke Castle held strong for 400 years. Today, the open Gate House invites invaders for a small admission fee to explore its many stairways, dungeons and towers. The views from the battlements will take away what little breath is left after the spiral climb. Pembroke town and riverside must not be overlooked. Fine ...

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st florence

St Florence is Flemish in origin and renowned as one of the loveliest villages in Wales with its flemish chimneys and award winning floral displays. Set in the pleasant valley of the Ritec, the village’s Norman Church Tower dominates the landscape. Located just 3 to 4 miles from Manorbier, Tenby and Saundersfoot beaches the village is close to seve...

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tenby

Tenby has 4 beautiful beaches the biggest being South Beach with Caldey Island lying just offshore, Castle Beach, facing St Catherine’s Island and the sheltered coves North Beach & Harbour Beach. (The first 3 are all Blue Flag holders.) Beautiful coastline bounds the Victorian splendour of Tenby town with its bustling centre of shops, restaurants a...

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