s VisitWales.com put it, “Pembrokeshire boasts more award winning beaches than skyscrapers, more national parks & breath-taking views than taxi queues.”
The county of Pembrokeshire is an enchanting and unspoilt corner of south-west Wales, rich in culture and heritage with a fascinating, often mysterious, past. The ancient Celts were the first to leave their mark with stone circles, crosses and burial chambers, or cromlechs, many of which can be seen today as lasting reminders of those times. Perhaps the best known is Pentre Ifan cromlech in the Preseli Hills to the north of Pembrokeshire; it was from here that the massive Bluestones were taken some 4,000 years ago and transported over land and sea to Stonehenge, near Salisbury in the south of England.
Pembrokeshire also has an impressive array of historic sites such as St David’s Cathedral which dates back to the Dark Ages. A mile or so from the sea, St David’s is the smallest city in Britain.
Because of its 200-mile long coastline, Pembrokeshire was always susceptible to invasion; as a result it has more than its fair share of protective castles and strongholds. The Normans in particular put up several fortresses back in the 11th century. Castles were later built on the sites many of which can be visited today including Carew with its stately riverside setting, Manorbier and Pembroke Castle, where Henry Tudor was born. A mere 28 years after he was born, landing an army not far from his birthplace, Henry rallied support, marched through Wales to Bosworth field in Leicestershire and defeated the larger army of Richard III. As Henry VII he founded the Tudor dynasty which successfully ruled England until 1603.
In southern Pembrokeshire the picturesque coastal holiday resort of Tenby has medieval walls, cobbled streets and pretty harbour offering regular boat trips to the nearby island of Caldey, home to a community of Cistercian monks for several hundred years.Pembrokeshire was also the site of the Last Invasion of Britain in 1797; a tapestry in the fishing town of Fishguard in the north of the county commemorates the event. In addition, the region is well known for its stunning scenery and wealth of wildlife. Almost all of its spectacular shoreline is included within Britain’s only coastal National Park, embracing miles of towering cliffs, smugglers’ coves, award winning golden beaches, Atlantic surf and small villages with ancient harbours.
Much of Pembrokeshire, especially the south-western area, has been English in language and culture for many centuries despite its remoteness from the English border. The boundary between the English and Welsh speakers is known as the Landsker Line and southern Pembrokeshire is occasionally referred to as Little England beyond Wales.
For the more energetic, Pembrokeshire offers an enormous choice of activities from watersports, climbing and coasteering to cycling, riding, golf and fishing. Walkers will enjoy the 186-mile coast path, a demanding but very rewarding trail. High speed boat trips, as well as more gentle cruises, are also available to Pembrokeshire’s many islands such as Skomer and Skokholm which are internationally renowned for their bird colonies and wild flowers.
A major draw to tourists is the Pembrokeshire coastline; in 2011 National Geographic Traveller magazine voted the Pembrokeshire coast the second best in the world and in 2015 the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was listed among the top five parks in the world by a travel writer for the Huffington Post. And the many wrecks off the Pembrokeshire coast attract divers.
Timeshare resorts in Pembrokeshire include:
- St. Davids Vacation Club, a sold-out, Silver Crown, RCI-affiliated resort in the center of tiny St. Davids
- Haven Court, a Silver Crown, RCI-affiliated located in a wooded valley in Little Haven, just a couple of blocks from the beach.
Favorite tourist attractions in the county include:
- Blue Lagoon waterpark, Canaston Bridge
- Castell Henllys, reconstructed Iron age fort, Newport
- Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Begelly
- Manor House Wildlife Park, Tenby
- Oakwood Theme Park, Narberth
- Pembrokeshire Motor Museum, Haverfordwest
- Tenby lifeboat station
- Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Details of leisure activities and attractions can be found on www.visitpembrokeshire.com.
Other websites that might be of interest to you include:
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – http://www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/
- Visit Wales – http://www.visitwales.com/explore/west-wales/pembrokeshire
- Pembrokeshire National Trust – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionwales/pembrokeshire
- Pembrokeshire Online – http://www.pembrokeshireonline.co.uk/
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