Pembrokeshire Visitor Attractions

We've put together a list of some of the most popular and significant visitor attractions in Pembrokeshire. If you think we've left any out, please feel free to let us know and we'll do our best to include your suggestions.

Battlefield Pembrokeshire Laser Combat
Battlefield Pembrokeshire Laser Combat offers outdoor fun and adventure for the whole family. This award-winning Pembrokeshire attraction is situated in atmospheric woodland just 7 miles from Tenby. It's a highly enjoyable family activity that's accredited by Visit Wales as a quality attraction.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
This stunning two thousand year old castle is located near the small village of Carew. Overlooking a large millpond, Carew Castle was originally a Norman fortification before being developed into an Elizabethan country house. Notable features include a beautifully preserved 11th century Celtric cross and the only fully-restored tidal mill in Wales. A circular path which runs around the castle affords some impressive views and there's also a medieval bridge and causeway nearby.

Cilgerran Castle
This is a 13th century ruined castle situated in Cilgerran, North Pembrokeshire. Sitting on a rocky promontory overlooking the River Teifi, the original construction which was made from earth and timber is thought to have been erected in the 11th century. Some believe that the castle may have been the scene of the abduction of Princess nest, the wife of Norman lord Gerald of Windsor. The castle is currently under the protection of the National Trust and the guardianship of Cadw.

Manorbier Castle
Manorbier Castle is situated on the outskirts of Manorbier and dates back to Norman times. It is the birthplace of the esteemed 12th century scholar, Gerald of Wales who is famous for his vivid descriptions of 12th century life. The castle overlooks the nearby beach and features an impressive Great Hall and Chapel - the turrets also remain largely intact. Manorbier Castle has been used as a movie location on a number of occasions - the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was filmed there in 1989.

Narberth Museum
Narberth Museum provides vivid illustrations of Pembrokeshire's storied past with numerous exhibitions relating to Welsh life. These include 'Inside Welsh Homes', which provides images drawn from the Royal Commission, depicting Welsh home life through the years. Permanent displays feature a scale model of the ruined Narberth Castle as well as the local railway station, which was integral to the development of Narberth in the late 19th century.

Narberth Food Festival
Narberth Food Festival is one of the town's major annual events and is held on the fourth weekend of September. In addition to the numerous stallholders selling local delicacises and cooking ware, visitors are also able to enjoy a variety of food-related events such as live music, talks, competitions and a raffle.

Oakwood Theme Park
This is one of Wale's premier visitor attractions, with an estimated 400,000 visitors each year. It began life as a small leisure park before undergoing substantial redevelopment during the late 90s. The park now incorporates a range of high-adrenalin rides, some of which are said to be among the best in Europe. However, despite the focus on roller-coasters and the like, there are still plenty of things to do for families and younger people.

Oriel y Parc Landscape Museum
Oriel y Parc Museum is located in St Davids and is housed in an award-winning, eco-friendly building. It features a gallery displaying works from the National Museum Wales collection and there's also a visitor centre for people looking for local information during their Pembrokeshire holiday break. Advice and guidance is also provided for people looking to explore the 186-mile National Trail as well as the numerous bridleways and paths which wend their way along the coast and local countryside.

Pembroke Castle
This is one of the largest, most well-preserved Norman castles in the UK. It overlooks the River Cleddau on a site that dates back to Roman Times and features seven bastion towers and a 75ft keep. Also of interest is its 55-step spiral staircase and Great Hall, both of which were added in the 13th century. The castle is also the birthplace of Henry VIII and was the original seat of the Earldom of Pembroke. It acquired a grade 1 listing in 1951 and is the largest privately owned castle in Wales.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park consists of around 950km of paths and bridleways which run along one of the most impressive coastlines in the world. Its centre-piece is the 186 mile national trial which runs from St Dogmaels to Amroth. There are also 200 circular walks and guided trails which allows visitors to discover the stunning coastal vistas and abundant wildlife.

Ramsey Island RSPB Reserve
Ramsey Island is home to this excellent nature reserve which showcases some of the most dramatic seascapes in Pembrokeshire. The cliffs stand at over 120m and are a haven for over 30 species of breeding seabirds during the spring and early summer and there's also a colony of grey seals. Boat trips around the island can be arranged at St Davids and Porthstinian.

St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Cathedral is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. The cathedral is mainly 12th century in its construction although the actual site can be traced back as far as the 6th century, when a monastery occupied the same spot. Named after St David, the patron saint of Wales, the cathedral lies adjacent to the impressive 14th century Bishops Palace. Exhibitions are run regularly from the cathedral's gatehouse which illustrate its eventful past as well as its continued use as place of worship.

Stackpole Nature Reserve
Stackpole is an internationally recognised nature reserve with numerous footpaths and trails which take in the scenic local landscape. Within the reserve are numerous sites of interest including the grand mansion, Stackpole Court and the 200 year-old Bosherston Lakes. The 8 miles of coastline is also worth seeing and features a delightful collection of unspoilt beaches, coves and sheltered bays.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery
Tenby Museum is one of the oldest in Wales, dating back to 1878. It houses a large collection of archeological and maritime artefacts including mammoth teeth discovered on Caldey Island and a collection of Bronze Age and Roman artefacts that were unearthed in Trelissey. One of the museums's focal points is a nine-foot long, wrought iron cannon from Tudor times, which bears a strong resemblence to the guns found on the Mary Rose. There are also two art galleries, one of which houses a permanent collection showcasing works from the likes of Augustus John, Kyffin Williams and John Piper.

The Last Invasion Tapestry
Fishguard is home to the famous Last Invasion Tapestry. Commissioned by the Fishguard Arts Society, the tapestry spans 30 metres and is of a similar size to the Bayeux Tapestry. It was created to commemorate the bicentenary of the Last Invasion of Britian in 1997 and is on permanent display at Fishguard Town Hall.

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