Situated within the outstanding Pembrokeshire National Park, 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. The village hosts a range of gift shops, restaurants, galleries and cafés.
Upper Solva enjoys spectacular views across St Brides Bay and is skirted on one side by the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Whereas, Lower Solva is at sea level and supports a number of excellent shops and restaurants. It’s just under ¼ mile that separates the two communities, but both have easy access to the natural sandy-bottomed harbour.
The tiny historical city of St Davids, with its excellent facilities, Cathedral and Bishops Palace, is only 3 miles away and is a place that is certainly worth a visit. Additionally, the award winning Newgale beach, popular with surfers, is a fabulous 4 mile walk away along the Coastal Path, alternatively you can get there by car or on the Pembrokeshire Puffin bus service in under 10 minutes.
Solva is a beautiful rocky inlet which floods, except at low tide, providing a sheltered, safe anchorage for yachts and pleasure craft. Not surprisingly this fine natural harbour has given the village a long seafaring tradition. At low tide there is a small stretch of sand, but the picturesque little harbour provides a pleasant afternoon for watching the small boats coming and going. A busy little village in the summer, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, pubs and gift shops. Solva is just east of St Davids on the A487 Haverfordwest Road. Parking is on the harbour front.
Solva Woollen Mill is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire and is now the only mill in Wales specialising in flat woven carpets, rugs and runners. Its a family business but visitors are welcome to the mill to wander through the weaving sheds, chat to the weavers as they are warping, splitting yarn or weaving. There is a mill shop housed carding engines and spinning mules and a tearoom which is located in the old dye shed, selling tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
The Cambrian Inn is located in lower Solva and boasts a lounge bar and restaurant. They offer a wide range of meals including a variety of vegetarian dishes, and the aim to use fresh local produce wherever and whenever possible.
Dogs are only allowed during lunchtime, water bowls are available in the picnic area.
The chefs will adapt this menu to suit any dietary requirements and food intolerances. All special dietary requirements should be notified in advance.
The Harbour Inn is located overlooking the harbour in the coastal village of Solva. The pub has a combining modern design with traditional charm.
Serving home-cooked food which is locally sourced where possible. Specialising in local sea food dishes and serving a hearty Sunday carvery every week.
Real ales, wines and beers served in the bar as well as coffee, freshly ground and brewed to order.
The Ship Inn is situated in the centre of lower Solva, just a few seconds walk from the harbour. This is a traditional country pub offering food every day, with a popular Curry Club every Wednesday and Grill Night every Thursday. The Ship Inn is family run making it family friendly, with a function room, games room and large riverside garden area.
There is no designated parking, but there is a public car park nearby.