Narberth: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier on Destination Features
“Wherever you turn in Pembrokeshire, you’ll find lovely little towns to explore, each with their own unique history,” says Warpool Court Hotel owner Peter Trier.
Both short breaks and longer holidays at Warpool Court Hotel should include a visit to the picturesque village of Narberth - the former capital of Pembrokeshire. Bursting with beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture, Narberth has one of the best high streets in in the county. This inviting little town is filled with fascinating and eclectic independent shops and upmarket boutiques showcasing antiques and art, pottery, fashion, fine food, and more.
A not-to-be-missed landmark is the Narberth Museum located inside the Bonded Stores where a treasure trove of kegs of whisky, brandy and rum were stored. During your visit to the museum, you’ll travel through centuries of this bustling market town’s history. With vibrant interpretations and interactive activities, you can discover the mythical court of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed via the ancient tales of the Mabinogion (stories compiled in the 12th and 13th centuries from oral traditions). Young families enjoy exploring the story of the Mabinogion in a storytelling chair that allows children to listen to local folk stories in both English and Welsh.
A scale model of the castle depicts what Narberth’s ruined castle once looked like, while a working model of the train station showcases trains running to an original timetable. You can stroll the streets of turn-of-the-century Narberth and experience the shops of that time or engage in an interactive game that illustrates tactics used in medieval warfare.
A programme of temporary or visiting exhibitions keeps the museum fresh and new. The museum shop is a great place to find locally produced gifts, souvenirs and books. If you’re tired after all that excitement, sit and relax in the Museum’s coffee shop and enjoy a selection of locally-sourced teas, coffees and cakes. There are plenty of workshops, events and activities planned throughout the year, so it’s a good idea to check what’s on before you visit.
Before visiting the town, you’ll also want to check with Burnett's Hill Calvinistic Methodist Chapel for its schedule of concerts. The building itself is a rare surviving example of early Pembrokeshire chapel architecture from 1812. After falling into disrepair, it was beautifully restored and re-opened in 2001. You can also read the story of the local coal-miners who built the chapel on the information board.
After visiting Narberth’s historic sites, why not travel slightly further afield to Cwm Deri Vineyard? Here you can enjoy a wine tasting session and discover a wide variety of new wines and liqueurs. If you’re looking to stop by on a Monday or Tuesday, call ahead to find out if you’ll be able to see what happens in the bottling room. There is no charge for admission to the visitor centre, but a modest charge applies (for people 16 or older) to the Vineyard Walk which takes you through the beautiful local countryside. There’s a cafe/restaurant where you can grab anything from a quick cup of tea during the day. Book in advance and you can join others for a slap-up evening meal on a Friday or Saturday evening. For a specific schedule of days and times, visit the vineyard’s website.
When you’re ready to schedule your short break or long, relaxing holiday in Pembrokeshire, get in touch to book one of our luxury rooms or stay in our private, self-catering Garden Cottage. You'll be glad you did!