6 of the best Pembrokeshire castles

Pembrokeshire has a long history of castle building, everything from early motte and bailey castles to grand bishop’s fortified palaces.

Castles are great places to explore and here are six of the best, each with their own varied past.

Carew Castle

Sturdy Norman castle which evolved over the centuries into a stately Elizabethan country house – its stonework traces the changes, from rough-and-ready to refined. And there’s more. The castle, stunningly located on a tidal river, overlooks a 23-acre millpond and restored tidal mill open to visitors. This heritage-rich location also boasts an elaborately carved 11th-century Celtic cross and medieval bridge.

Cilgerran Castle

Romantic, picturesque 13th-century castle set high on a wooded crag overlooking the River Teifi. Its two massive round towers still stand tall despite a troubled past.

Llawhaden Castle

A captivating site, more a fortified Bishop’s Palace than out-and-out castle. Located on the ghostly Landsker line between north and south Pembrokeshire with panoramic views from the battlements.

Manorbier Castle

Norman baronial residence overlooking a beautiful beach. Well-preserved walls enclose a grassy courtyard with extensive remains of a chapel and staterooms. Described by medieval writer/traveller Gerald of Wales as ‘the pleasantest spot in Wales’.

Picton Castle

A cross between medieval castle and fortified manor house, Picton was built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan and is still inhabited by his descendants. Equally as impressive is its 40 acres of glorious woodland gardens.

Pembroke Castle

Huge fortress, birthplace of Henry VII. Explore the towers, battlements, turrets and underground cavern. Dramatic exhibitions recreate important scenes in the castle’s turbulent history. Programme of family-friendly events and activities. 

To find out more about Pembrokeshire's Castles and Historic Buildings download our handy guide and take a step back in time.

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