Fishguard and Goodwick
Fishguard comprises of the old harbour of Lower Town, the main town of Fishguard, perched on the cliff top. Lower Town Fishguard is a particularly picturesque village with its cluster of quayside cottages.
Fishguard has good transport links locally. The Strumble Shuttle and the Poppit Rocket coastal bus services link the town with St Davids and Cardigan.
Fishguard has a railway station and is one of the major ferry crossing points to Ireland.
What's in Fishguard and Goodwick?
Fishguard Bay is a superb location to explore by kayak. Several operators use the calm water of the bay for kayaking so to do local activity centres.
Within the Town Hall is the 100ft long Last Invasion Tapestry, telling a humorous and entertaining story in a Bayeux tapestry style of the last invasion of mainland Britain.
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.
Food and drink
Fishguard and Goodwick have a range of interesting pubs, cafés and restaurants as well as deli’s, whole food shops and takeaways.
There are plenty of small camp sites and caravan sites nearby. There are some quality B&Bs and hotels in the town. Self catering cottages can be found all across the Fishguard bay area.
The History of Fishguard and Goodwick
Lower town Fishguard was a locally important trading port importing limestone and coal and exporting slate, woollen goods sand food. It also had a small fishing fleet catching pilchards and herring.
Fishguard and Goodwick was the location in 1797 for the last invasion of Britain when the French landed at Carreg Wasted Point, just around the corner from Fishguard. Britain and France had been at war again since 1793 and on February 22nd 1797, fourteen hundred French soldiers landed in West Wales. The French surrendered two days later thanks to the heroic actions of people like Jemima Nicholas, a local cobbler, who single-handedly captured 12 French soldiers, the invasion soon failed. The peace treaty was signed in the Royal Oak pub on Market Square.
In more recent times Fishguard and Goodwick was the location for the filming of Moby Dick with Gregory Peck and Lower Town was the location for Dylan Thomas's most famous play, Under Milk Wood starring Richard Burton.