Fishguard and Goodwick
Fishguard comprises of the old harbour of Lower Town, the main town of Fishguard, perched on the cliff top and the village of Goodwick. Lower Town Fishguard is a particularly picturesque village with its cluster of quayside cottages.
Picture: Lower Town Fishguard
This is where The River Gwaun meets the sea. It is also where Dylan Thomas's most famous play, Under Milk Wood, was filmed starring Richard Burton. Above Lower Town is Fishguard Fort, a superb viewpoint, complete with cannons.
Picture: Fishguard Fort
The main town of Fishguard is a quaint little town of narrow winding streets. The main focus of the town is The Square where you can find The Old Town Hall. This historic building was imaginatively redesigned in 2007 and houses Fishguard Information Centre, the library and the indoor market (weekly markets every Thursday and farmers markets every Saturday).
Picture: Fishguard Town Hall and Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
It is also home to the 100ft long Last Invasion tapestry, telling a humorous and entertaining story in a Bayeux tapestry style detailing the last invasion of mainland Britain. Viewing the Last invasion tapestry is free of charge. In 1797, a force of French troops landed at Carreg Wastad point just west of Fishguard but thanks to the heroic actions of people like Jemima Nicholas, a local cobbler, who single handedly captured 12 French soldiers, the invasion soon failed.
Picture: The Last Invasion Tapestry
Fishguard has a range of interesting pubs, shops, cafés and restaurants including The Royal Oak on The Square, where the surrender of the French invasion force took place. There are several quality arts and crafts shops such as the West Wales Art Centre & Café Celf.
Picture: Main Street Fishguard
4U at Theatr Gwaun shows a changing programme of films and live events. There's a thriving folk music club who hold informal performances in The Ship & Anchor every Tuesday and a folk festival every year - in 2013 it will be held from the 24th to 27th May. The Fishguard Autumn Festival will take place between 30th October and 2nd November 2013 and celebrates the depth and variety of Welsh local produce, culture and community in the Fishguard area. Details of this years programme can be found on the Fishguard Autumn Festival web site.
Goodwick village has several good places to stay and places to eat including The Fishguard Bay Hotel which dominates the bay.
Further afield, The Coast Path in either direction takes you through some remote and beautiful coastal scenery including Carreg Wastad point and Strumble Head with its lighthouse.
Picture: Strumble Lighthouse
Train Services and a new station
The new station at Goodwick opened 14th May 2012, giving much easier access to Goodwick, Fishguard and the Coast Path. The station at Fishguard Harbour is still there for ferry passengers but for anyone not taking the ferry, Goodwick station saves a significant walk back alongside the port.
Nearby attractions include Manorowen Walled Garden and Dyffryn Fernant Gardens. There are numerous small camp sites and caravan parks.
For more information on Fishguard and Goodwick, visit www.gofishguard.co.uk.
ID: 1986 Revised: 15/3/2013