2019 is Wales’ Year of Discovery!
Last year was our Year of the Sea, but in 2019 we’re celebrating the Year of Discovery here in Wales! Adventure, culture and landscape are at the heart of this year’s theme. The only problem is, we’ve got so many amazing things to discover here in Pembrokeshire, we don’t really know where to start. So, here are a few of the things we think you should come and experience on your holiday in wild West Wales. You’ll just have to ask us about all the others when you get here!
Fun in the water
Our rugged, unspoilt coastline is where most of the action takes place. From kitesurfing to kayaking, rock climbing to coasteering or just enjoying a civilised game of cricket on a wide sandy beach, there’s something for everyone. Pembrokeshire is watersport heaven. If you’re a pro, you can just get stuck in on a beach of your choice. If you’ve never tried a watersport before, there are plenty of providers offering taster sessions for all ages and abilities. Best of all, a kayak or a surfboard will give you a unique view of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline.
If the beach isn’t an option, there are also venues like the Blue Lagoon and Pembrokeshire Wake Park for those who fancy messing about in wave pools, whizzing down flumes and bouncing around on inflatable obstacle courses.
Pembrokeshire is a great place to explore on two feet, two wheels or four legs! Walking, cycling and horse riding are some of the most popular ways to enjoy our lovely countryside. There are miles of walking, cycling and riding trails for people of all abilities. Not only does it get you out in our famously fresh air, but it also gives you the chance to take in some of Pembrokeshire's incredible scenery.
Castles and history
Pembrokeshire has a proud cultural heritage. If you’re a history buff, this is the place to be. You’re never very far from a castle, Iron Age fort or Neolithic burial mound in this part of Wales! Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, has lots of activities and events going on, especially during the summer months. Carew Castle and Tidal Mill is another popular destination that offers a great day out. If you venture up into the mysterious Preseli Hills, you’ll find stone circles, cairns and one of the finest examples of a neolithic burial mound in the world, Pentre Ifan.
Crafts, music and food
As well as historic monuments, we’ve got plenty of cultural events and places to visit. In north Pembrokeshire, Solva and Tregwynt Woollen mills offer a chance to see traditional Welsh weaving in action (and get a nice cup of tea and slice of cake)!
If music is something you love, we’ve got some great music festivals to enjoy. The St Davids Cathedral Music Festival is an annual treat at the end of May. If you like something a little more relaxed, the Fishguard music festival and Aber Jazz are well worth a visit.
As for food, there are plenty of food festivals and farmers’ markets to choose from around the county. So, if you want to sample some of our delicious Welsh produce, just find the nearest one and tuck in!
The variety of landscapes to be discovered in Pembrokeshire is as breathtaking as the quality. From remote islands and sheer cliffs lashed by frothy waves to long stretches of pristine golden sands, the coastline is one of the most dramatic in the UK. One of the best ways to experience the coastal landscape is by walking the Pembrokeshire Coast path. Regularly voted one of the best walking routes in the world, it’s also sometimes the only way to access some of the most beautiful sandy beaches and coves along the coast.
Hills and valleys
Inland, there are rolling green hills, sweeping heather-covered moorland, ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside glades to explore. The nearby Gwaun Valley is one of the prettiest places to experience the best of Pembrokeshire’s scenery, and you can often spot some of our wonderful wildlife here too.
Discover Warpool Court Hotel and St Davids City
With the Pembrokeshire Coastpath, Ramsey Island, St Non’s Chapel and St Davids Cathedral all on our doorstep, we’ve got adventure, culture and landscape right here at our country house hotel! To book a 2019 holiday with us, either in one of our luxury rooms or the secluded holiday cottage in our 15 acre grounds, just get in touch!