Historic Pembroke, its wonderful riverside location and its stunning Castle are all set at the very heart of South Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches and attractions.
Pembroke’s mill pond is a wonderful base for leisure opportunities as are the beautiful beaches of Bosherston, Broad haven and West Angle Bay, which are all less than a fifteen minute drive away, through a series of pretty country lanes. Pembroke is an ideal location for those interested in exploring the Pembrokeshire National Park and Coastal Path. A walk, train or bus ride or a short drive in any direction will reveal numerous areas worth exploring.
The town’s showpiece is its magnificent Norman castle, birthplace of Henry Tudor, it stands proudly at the head of its rocky crest and is encased on three sides by its swan sprinkled mill pond. Pembroke Castle really is one of the most handsome and best preserved castles in the country.
Pembroke’s main street, which stretches the full length of the old town, is laced with local craft shops, gift shops, a traditional greengrocer, a florist and a very popular butcher, good pubs and lovely restaurants. Whilst you wander the streets or drive around the town, take time where possible, to look up and notice the several interesting Tudor and Georgian houses along with the two historic churches.
Freshwater West is a huge sandy beach backed by sand dunes and has a rocky reef at the southern end of the beach. It is a haven for surfers, who are drawn to the area by the big Atlantic rollers, so it seems only natural that the beach should be the setting for the Welsh National Surfing Championships. The water here is in pristine condition and home to many species of bird life, seals and fish. However please note, it can be dangerous to swimmers because of strong undertows and hazardous quicksands, so families with young children should be on their guard. In the main season there are lifeguards patrolling the beach. There is a large car park above the beach with W/C. Look out for Cafe mor parked here too- an award winning food outlet with a menu focused around local seafood dishes. Cafe Mor is available from Easter until the end of the summer season. Freshwater West has featured in two huge films over the not so distant past - Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where it was used as the back drop for Dobby's Shell Cottage. This lovely Pembrokeshire beach is also dog friendly all year around.
The Hibernia Inn is a seaside pub with a friendly atmosphere and is ideal for families. It has excellent choice of varied menus, children's menus, vegetarian meals and house specialities.
Dogs are welcome in the bar area and outside beer garden only.
Built in 1093 with timber, before being rebuilt in 1189 with a stone structure, this castle is ovular in shape and surrounded by a mill pond. This castle has a gated house with a circulated keep, and has been extensively restored.
Dogs must be kept on leads.
South Pembrokeshire Golf Club has a wonderful 18 hole course which presents a tough, but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities all year around. Its setting on the Barrack Hill in Pembroke Dock, offers some superb panoramic views of the Cleddau Waterway, Preseli Hills, and surrounding area. It welcomes visitors and member's guests.
The Coach House is a lovely restaurant with a friendly pub atmosphere. Whether it is just a drink or a nice meal with friends or family, The Coach House is a great choice. On a warm summers evening, head out to the terrace overlooking the main street of Pembroke for a drink.
The Ferry Inn is a popular bar and restaurant situated just underneath the Cleddau Bridge in Pembroke Dock, overlooking the Cleddau estuary. It offers quality meals, specialising in local produce highlighting fish on their specials board regularly. They also offer Sunday lunches, patio barbecues on warm Saturdays as well as pitchers of beer!
The Watermans Arms is open all year round and located directly overlooking the Mill Pond in Pembroke. With views of the Castle, swans and wildlife that live on the pond, it makes it a great location to sit back and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.
The pub has both lounge and bar areas and serve a good selection of snacks and traditional pub meals throughout the day and evening.
Please Note: Dogs are welcome
Notice is needed to prepare dishes which are diary and gluten free.
Y Cerrig Glas is one of the popular string of Marston's pubs throughout the UK. They offer two for one meal deals, traditional pub classics, lighter meals such as jacket potatoes and sandwiches, a children's menu and a whole range of mouth-watering desserts!