Take the tour: legendary north Pembrokeshire
Choose between two super-scenic road trips that take in Pembrokeshire’s prehistoric past, its famous myths, legends and saints, a fascinating historic house and Britain’s smallest city.
Pembrokeshire's history is full of wild stories and tall tales - download the stories that accompany this tour.
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Begin your journey at Fishguard, driving through picturesque Lower Town out towards the Preseli Hills. Find the remains of an Iron Age fort on the mountain Carn Ingli, where St Brynach is said to have communed with angels. Continue on to the fascinating visitor attraction Castell Henllys, where you will be transported back 2,000 years at the only Iron Age Village in Britain to be reconstructed on the exact site where Pembrokeshire’s Celtic residents lived all those years ago. Train as a warrior, watch a woodsman at work and huddle around a roundhouse fire to hear tales from a bygone age, before continuing on your journey through prehistoric remains, up to the Preseli Hill’s highest point, Foel Cwmcerwyn.
Next, head for Scolton Manor Museum and Country Park. Surrounded by 60 acres of park and woodland, the Victorian Manor House now houses the county museum. Within the manor house, you can experience life ‘above and below stairs’ over three floors, while outside you can see the Walled Garden being restored, explore the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre and peruse the Welsh Legends Myth and Sculpture Trail, featuring some of Wales’ most incredible stories. Seek refreshment at the excellent café, which serves a delicious bara brith! Next head for at Haverfordwest, a magnet for shoppers and home to a Norman castle, a town museum – in the old prison governor’s house – and an excellent weekly farmer’s market, held on Fridays.
Finish your tour at Fishguard, pottering around picturesque Lower Town, the original old town that was built around the estuary of the River Gwaun. This formed the backdrop for Under Milk Wood starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O’Toole and more, as well as scenes in Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck. Don’t miss the Fishguard Tapestry at the Public Library, which tells the amazing story of the last invasion of mainland Britain here in 1797.
As an alternative, from Fishguard you can head straight for Scolton Manor, then continue onwards to St Davids. On your way, you’ll pass the captivating villages of Roch – look out for its castle, perched on a rock – and can stop to take a photo of ultra-scenic St Bride’s Bay a little further along from Roch. The views continue to spoil you as you approach Britain’s smallest city. St Davids is home to one of the country’s most spiritual spots, St Davids Cathedral, which was built in 1181 on the site said to have been St David’s 6th century monastic settlement. Marvel at the awe-inspiring building and admire the beautiful, gilded shrine of St David.
Heading out of the city and back towards Fishguard, keep your eyes peeled for Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, which houses many exotic creepy crawlies, some of which can be found on the menu in the restaurant! Bug burgers anyone?
Discover more of the wild stories and tall tales of Pembrokeshire by downloading the stories that accompany this tour, including waring giants, a black dog from hell and the evil spirits of a Haverfordwest bridge!