Pembrokeshire - rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills
Pembrokeshire is located on the south western tip of Wales, and has become a favourite location of artists, travellers, pilgrims and outdoor enthusiasts for many years.
“I was overwhelmed by Pembrokeshire's stunning scenery, and look forward to my next visit to this beautiful corner of Wales. ”
Bordered on three sides by water, Pembrokeshire's landscape is made up of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills. There are several small islands off the Pembrokeshire coast - Ramsey Island, Grassholm Island, Skomer Island and Caldey Island, which can be reached by boat. Many are important breeding sites for birds, seals and puffins. Pembrokeshire also boasts the UK’s only coastal national park – The Pembrokeshire Coast National Path a 186 mile (299km) walking trail offering some of the best coastal walking paths in the UK.
St Davids Cathedral the burial place of Wales’ patron saint St David (Dewi Sant) has been a church since the 6th century, and place of pilgrimage and worship for more than 1,500 years. It is positioned in a grassy hollow, beneath the rooftops of Wales’ smallest city. So it’s only when you pass through the gatehouse that it is magnificently revealed in front of you.
There aren’t any High Street names in Pembrokeshire instead its crammed full of boutique shops selling all sorts of unusual things you won’t find anywhere else - so it’s perfect for browsing. You’ll find everything from old fashioned sweet shops, woollen mills to galleries selling work by local artists and craftspeople.
Pembrokeshire has a host of attractions which means you’ll never be short of something to do. Explore the numerous castles and historic sites, or take some time out to roam through its tranquil gardens. Then head to the coast to enjoy some of the best beaches in the UK, and take a boat trip to one of the surrounding islands.
Have your camera at the ready. St Govan’s Chapel is spectacularly huddled among the cliffs accessible only by 70 or so steep steps.
Stay overnight on Skomer Island and experience one of birdlife’s biggest shows by torchlight.
Look out for Dolphins, whales and porpoises swimming along the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Take a journey of ghosts, fairies, pirates, witches and murder on the Tenby Ghost Walk.
Visit Pentre Ifan a Bronze-Age megalithic site dating back over 4,000 years.
Picnic at Barafundle Bay, a small isolated bay backed by dunes and pine trees, voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain.
With the sea surrounding most of Pembrokeshire, it’s not surprising that watersports are extremely popular. Try Coasteering which was developed on the St Davids Peninsula in the 1980’s - climb, swim, slip, slide and scramble your way along the rugged wave-lashed coastline, throwing yourself off the cliffs. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path provides visitors with superb walking and cycling.
The mild climate and good soil, means that Pembrokeshire is the ideal place to find homegrown food, fresh fish and seafood. Sample these at the award winning farmers market in Haverfordwest. Visit Gwaun Valley Brewery and see the brewers at work, smell the malted barley and hops and have a free taste of the real ale made from wholesome ingredients and pure spring water.
Every August the Pembrokeshire Jazz n Blues Festival brings the coastal town of Fishguard to life. With 26 artists playing everything from Gypsy Jazz, Latin Cuban Soul, Ska and Bluegrass at venues throughout the town. Or head to St Davids for a 9 day feast of classical music. The cathedral provides a superb venue with perfect acoustics.
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