“I love Pembrokeshire, it’s fantastic! “

Russell Crowe

……..and we totally agree ( obviously) -Pembrokeshire is a great place to live and work and visit of course. So follow in the footsteps of The Gladiator and visit Pembrokeshire and more particularly the historic town  that gave this wonderful part of Wales its name – Pembroke.

 

Pembroke is a charming walled town which dates back over 900 years and is famous for its Norman Castle. Pembroke Castle is one of the most complete Norman castles in the UK. It was the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty and father of the infamous Henry VIII.

Pembroke town is a classic medieval fortified town with a central main street heading east from the castle gates and a moat or castle pond extending round much of the town. The old town walls are remarkably intact complete with defensive towers such as Barnards Tower, an impressive three-storied tower with a fore building over its entrance.

Pembroke is well connected with bus services around the County and to the Coast. There is also a railway station in the town.

There’s an interesting walk round the outside of the castle pond and the inside, below the ramparts of the castle. It’s suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Coast Path follows the route round Castle Pond before heading off to Pembroke Dock in one direction and out to Angle in the other.

Pembroke Castle is one reason why most people visit this corner of Pembrokeshire. It’s a fantastic medieval relic with endless rooms, spiral stone staircases, passages, battlements and turrets that will occupy you for hours. It affords fine views of the town and surrounding countryside and waterway, especially from the top of The Great Tower. Below the castle, down a narrow spiral staircase is The Wogan, a large natural cavern. But there is also the Museum at the Town Hall open daily and the Pembroke Murals in the Town Hall created by two local artists as a pictorial history of the Town and  get a better understanding of the towns history and how it developed over nine centuries. Our murals have been described as ” BEAUTIFUL ” , “IMPRESSIVE” , “INFORMATIVE” , “INSPIRING” – so come along and see for yourself and record your own reaction to this wonderful exhibition.

Along Pembroke’s Main Street are numerous fine old buildings where you’ll find a variety of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. There are also delis, supermarket, takeaways and other facilities of a small town.

There are a number hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in Pembroke which makes a great base from which the rest of Pembrokeshire can be explored.

Pembroke is ideally located for the visitor to access the delights of this part of Pembrokeshire. Close to the magnificent Coastal Path and unspoilt beaches of Pembrokeshire – visit Freshwater West “the  Surfing Beach “ – at sunset the views are unsurpassed. Incidentally this was the beach where Russell Crowe filmed Robin Hood and Dobbys’ last resting place for Potter fans out there!   Bosherston Lily Ponds and St Govan’s Chapel are all a short drive from Pembroke. In the other direction across the Cleddau there is the more industrial side to the County – Neyland and its connections to Brunel, Milford Haven the second deepest natural deep water channel in the British Isles and on to the administrative Centre of the County Haverfordwest or St David’s the “smallest City “ in the UK.

The hustle and bustling Regency Seaside town of Tenby is only 10 miles away.

If you are looking for a conveniently located and quieter base for your exploration of the area look no further than Pembroke.

Pembroke’s history is entwined with that of its magnificent Norman castle, birthplace of Henry VII and the subject of a bitter siege by Cromwell during the Civil Wars.

The town and castle stand on a limestone ridge, along which runs the busy Main Street.

Pembroke was once enclosed by a fortified wall – much of which is still standing – beyond which was a natural moat. Trading vessels which used Pembroke Quay brought prosperity to the town, and merchants built fine Georgian houses in the Main Street.

Find out more about the Towns long and distinguished history at the Pembroke Museum located in the Town Hall on Main Street.

At Pembroke Town Hall we are happy to help in any way that we can regarding problems , information or queries. However sometimes those issues are out of our hands and a matters for Pembrokeshire County Council  – this would include housing ,rubbish collection and bins , Roads and Highways ,Council Tax etc.

If you would like to contact Pembrokeshire Council directly the number is :- 0845 6021386

 

The Town Hall is a central location for any event or activity in Pembroke. A number of organisations , societies and Charities and individuals make use of the hall and take advantage of its highly competitive rates and good facilities. Before you look any further check out our fees – see below.

The Town Hall has a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003

Town Hall Hire Fees – Click for for details

The Museum IS OPEN EVERYDAY FROM 10.30 -12.30 

Come in an speak to our knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers who run the museum for The Town Council about the rich and long history of Pembroke. See the exhibitions and arte-facts that have been donated that tells the story of Pembroke.

The volunteers have spent several weeks this Winter up dating and refurbishing the exhibitions so even if you have visited previously you will find something new.

The exhibitions are child focussed  and there are activities for children to engage with.

All our volunteers have a great interest in local history and an extensive knowledge of Pembroke and the surrounding area. So if you are just visiting or tracing your family roots come along and speak to them.

Entrance is Free 

Keep up to date with activities and events in Pembroke and Pembrokeshire

Under heading Leisure  and sub heading Activities  you will find our E- Notice Board  

Introducing our new electronic notice board.  If you have an event or activity that you wish others to know about then we can display it for you on our E-Notice board.

Send your poster or notice via email to :-

virginia@pembstowncouncil.plus.com

or come into the Town Hall and we will display your notice on our traditional notice board and E-board.

 

Looking for something to do in Pembroke – come and see the Pembroke Murals at Pembroke Town

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You may well be planning to visit the Castle with its impressive history and connection to the throne of England and Wales but here at the Town Hall is a hidden gem. The wonderful Pembroke Murals painted by local artists George and Jeanne Lewis. Started in 2006 the panel took over three years to complete.

Prior to commencing work on the 28 panels George carried out extensive research into the history of Pembroke. The result is a stunning visual representation of the history of Pembroke – starting before the Normans and up to the Georgians and beyond. The Pembroke Murals are not to be missed.

Large and colourful there is something here for everyone in the family – from the history buff to the smallest member of the family.. As a work of art the murals are impressive but they are so much more than that.

Bayeux may have its tapestry but Pembroke has its murals.

Come along and see for yourself. You will find the Town Hall just along Main street, five minutes’ walk from the Castle – we have two small cannons outside the main entrance but don’t let that deter you !

The Town Hall is open Monday to Friday    9.00am – 1.00pm

You can also visit the Pembroke Museum situated up stairs in the Old Court Room of the Town Hall  –  open Monday to Friday 10am – 12.30pm

A lift is available.

All are welcome  – both the Murals and Museum are FREE !

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Minutes are uploaded on  to this site one month in arrears and can be viewed on Town Council page  – sub-page Minutes

The next meeting of the Council will be  8th September  2016  at 6.30pm  at the Town Hall and is open to all to attend.

 

Come a long to Pembroke Town Hall every Thursday to visit Pembroke Country Market – home made pies, soups ,cakes , jams , vegetables and plants together with a selection of crafts.   There is also a Fair trade Stall offering a wide range of Fairtrade items

Always worth a visit to browse the stalls or stop by for a cup of tea and a slice of delicious home-made cake – Lemon Fudge Cake highly recommended.

Free Wi-fi available at the town hall – so you can surf the web whilst you enjoy tea and cake.

 

For information about Pilates please contact Rebecca directly on 01834 860944 or 07971 166673

rebecca@pembrokeshirepilates.co.uk

www.pembrokeshirepilates.co.uk

 

 

royal voluntary service

What do you do in your lunch hour?

Make someones day and deliver a meal!

volunteers are needed in Milford Haven, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest.

Telephone:  01437 762911

email: mowpembs@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

All expenses are paid.