“I love Pembrokeshire, it’s fantastic! “
……..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.
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.