What's in Lydstep?
On Lydstep beach there is a small activity centre offering jet ski and kayak hire. There is a nine hole course in Lydstep at Celtic Haven plus Trefloyne Golf Course is just down the road.
In Manorbier, 2.5 miles away, is Manorbier Castle with a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach. Heatherton Sports Park and Manor House wildlife park are only 4 miles north and Tenby is 4 miles east.
Food and drink
Lydstep Tavern is the only pub in the village but you can also eat at Waves Italian Bar and Restaurant at Celtic Haven Holiday Village. A greater selection can be found in Tenby just 4 miles east of the village.
Accommodation in the vicinity is plentiful. The whole of Lydstep Haven is occupied by The Lydstep Beach Holiday Park. Most of the static caravans are privately owned but some are available to rent There are self catering cottages available throughout this part of Pembrokeshire. Camp sites, touring caravan sites and holiday parks are available at Penally and Manorbier. For those walking The Coast Path, a modern youth hostel is mid way between Lydstep and Manorbier.
The History of Lydstep
In the centre of the village are the remains of Lydstep Palace, a late medieval hall house with a vaulted undercroft. It is now roofless and partially ruinous, but has been repaired as far as it's possible to do so. Lydstep Palace appears to have been used as a court of the Manor of Manorbier and Penally, as well as being a domestic residence.
During the medieval period, it appears that the first floor comprised one large chamber, subdivided into smaller spaces by at least one open arch. Post-medieval alterations included the division of the first floor into three rooms.
A Neolithic stone axe head was retrieved from the soil when the building was excavated, but as the soil was brought in during the 19th century to create a garden, it's likely the axe head came with it.