Discovering Arts and Crafts in North Pembrokeshire
The spectacular landscape of Pembrokeshire has attracted artists for centuries - even the famous painter JMW Turner was inspired by this beautiful little corner of Wales. So, it’s hardly surprising that the county has become a place where you can find some of the best artisan craftspeople in Britain. From art galleries and potteries, to woollen mills and quirky craft shops, there are some incredible arts and crafts to discover in Pembrokeshire.
Last Invasion Tapestry
Tucked away in the Town Hall of the sleepy seaside town of Fishguard you’ll find Pembrokeshire’s very own version of the Bayeux Tapestry. Depicting the story of the Last Invasion of Britain by French forces in 1797, this 100ft long tapestry was designed and sewn by local women and is well worth a visit. Aptly named the Last Invasion Tapestry, the details on this fascinating piece of art took 4 years to complete and are the perfect distraction on a rainy autumn afternoon.
Traditional Woollen Mills
Not far from Warpool Court Hotel we’ve got not one but two outstanding historic woollen mills. Tregwynt Woollen Mill to the north and Solva Woollen Mill to the south have both been weaving stunning traditional fabrics for well over 100 years. Both are situated in beautiful countryside and give visitors the opportunity to see the mills and weavers in action, as well as buy some of the products in their respective shops. There’s also a chance to sample a nice pot of tea and some homemade cakes during your visit which is always a bonus!
Oriel y Parc
A short walk from our hotel, Oriel y Parc is one of the best galleries and visitor centres in west Wales. A collaboration between the National Park Authority and the National Museum of Wales, it’s not only a great place to get information and buy some of the arts and crafts produced by local artisans, but it also holds impressive exhibitions of internationally-acclaimed artists in its gallery space. A great place to explore art that celebrates Pembrokeshire’s beautiful landscape and the creativity it inspires.
The Creative Café
If you want to do more than just look at arts and crafts, how about getting your hands dirty at The Creative Café in St Davids? From painting your own pottery to making casts of your hands, there’s lots of fun to be had, especially if you’ve got children to entertain. You can even create unique silver fingerprint jewellery. It’s a fun family day out, particularly if the weather isn’t behaving.
Stay in the Artist’s Hub of St Davids
Although it’s Britain’s smallest city, St Davids is more like a large village. Despite its size, it’s brimming with galleries and arty shops that showcase some of the best work of Pembrokeshire’s many artists. And best of all, they’re all just a short walk from Warpool Court Hotel.
We’ve also got quite an impressive art collection here at the hotel. In both the public areas and our luxury rooms, you’ll find a number of original artworks and some beautiful handpainted Victorian tiles. So, why not come and discover the arty side of Pembrokeshire?
To book your stay in our historic St Davids hotel, just give us a call on 01437 720300 or get in touch online.