Castles and Heritage

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Castles and Heritage in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s not short of castles, historic places and ancient sites.

The landscape is peppered with everything from mysterious prehistoric tombs to medieval castles and Celtic religious shrines.

Pembroke Castle and Carew Castle are probably the finest castles in Pembrokeshire whilst Cilgerran Castle probably commands the most dramatic location perched high above the Teifi Gorge.

Llawhaden Castle was a fortified Bishop’s palace rather than a true castle with panoramic views from its battlements. Picton Castle is a cross between a medieval castle and a fortified manor house. Built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, it’s still occupied today by his descendants.

Manorbier Castle is a Norman baronial residence overlooking the beach. It was described by Gerald of Wales as ‘the pleasantest place in Wales’.

St Davids bishops palace was home to the Bishops of St Davids and initially built as a private residence but later in 13th century became a much grander building for stylish entertaining. Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was built as a retreat for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State.

The Tudor Merchants House in Tenby has been restored by the National Trust and recreates the home of wealthy merchants trading from Tenby during the 1500’s.

Other must visits include St Govans Chapel near Bosherston. A small 13th century chapel built into the sea-cliff and accessible only by steps from the towering cliff above. Pentre Ifan is Wales’ most iconic prehistoric site. The Neolithic burial chamber topped by a massive cap stone is made from the same stones as the inner circle of Stonehenge.

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Pembrokeshire's long & colourful history has been brought to life through our museums. Exhibiting diverse objects from Victorian life, recounting tales from the Mabinogion & the connections to whaling!

Visit castles that have witnessed the birth of kings and the discovery of ‘dragons’, explore enchanted islands said to conceal treasure, and retrace the stories of knights, pirates, monks and mermen.

The Golden Road, running along the spine of the Preseli Hills (Mynydd Preseli), is one of the finest high ground walking ways in Wales, with views as far as Ireland.

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