5 of the Best Castles in Pembrokeshire
We’ve got so many castles in Pembrokeshire, it was difficult to choose which ones would make the list. So, we thought we’d share the places that our guests enjoy exploring when they holiday in our lovely part of West Wales. Here are a few of the best castles to visit in Pembrokeshire!
St Davids Bishop’s Palace
Well, we couldn’t start the list with anything else but our own local treasure, could we? While not strictly a castle, the Bishop’s Palace is still an interesting historic site to visit. You’ll find these ruins a short (and very pretty) walk from Warpool Court Hotel. Nestled alongside our lovely cathedral in the centre of St Davids, the Bishop’s Palace was home to rich and powerful bishops for centuries. The site itself dates back to the 6th Century, when a monastery was established by St David, but the ruins that remain date from the 13th and 14th Century. If you’re visiting in August, be sure to book tickets for the fantastic open air theatre productions held here.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
Part Norman fortress, part Tudor mansion, Carew Castle is one of the most architecturally interesting buildings in Pembrokeshire. Stunningly located on the tidal reaches of the Carew River, it was the seat of some of the most influential families in Wales for almost 1000 years. It may even have been a place of settlement for nearer 2000 years, with Iron Age remains having been discovered in the area. The nearby tidal mill is no longer working but has some interactive displays that bring its history back to life. A great place to visit with the family, the summer schedule at Carew Castle is packed with events that give you the chance to experience its long history and mysterious legends.
Arguably Pembrokeshire’s most impressive castle, this popular visitor attraction promises a fascinating day out for all the family. Pembroke Castle is famous for being the birthplace of Henry VII and subject to attack by both sides during the Civil War, reputedly facing forces led by Oliver Cromwell himself. The towering keep and circular rooms are a joy to explore and there’s plenty of room on the central lawn for the children to run around. Plenty of activities and events are held here throughout the season, from rock concerts and plays to falconry displays and medieval tournaments, so be sure to check them out.
Renowned as Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home, this beautiful building is set in 40 acres of stunning gardens. Picton Castle itself was originally a medieval castle that was transformed into its present form in the 18th Century. A guided tour of the interior and a look around their museum of the home are a fascinating way to spend a few hours. Outside, the RHS affiliated gardens offer a glimpse of rare trees and plants, an adventure playground, a walled garden and miles of woodland walks. Definitely worth a visit, there’s a varied programme of events and enough to see and do to keep all ages occupied.
You’d be hard pushed to find a castle in a more spectacular coastal setting. The imposing Manorbier Castle towers above a golden sandy beach and the sparkling sea beyond. Discover its rich history as you explore, passing the life-size figures that illustrate the lives of the people who once lived here – even the ones who were imprisoned in the dungeon! There’s also a peaceful walled garden where you can enjoy a quiet moment, or you can simply stop and admire the incredible views along the Pembrokeshire Coast. A popular wedding destination, Manorbier is closed on occasion, so it’s usually best to check if it’s open before you make the trip.
Our Historic Luxury Hotel
If you like to learn a bit about the local history when you go on holiday, why not come and stay in one of St Davids’ most historic hotels? Build in the late 1800s, Warpool Court Hotel still retains many of the original features that give our building so much character.
We have a variety of rooms available, all with beautiful sea or country views, so why not come and explore the history of Pembrokeshire this summer? Simply book online, drop us a line or give us a call on 01437 720300.