Pembroke Dock

Pembroke Dock or The Port of Pembroke is a town with a short but illustrious past. At the end of the eighteenth century the area was just farmland but by 1901 the town had 11,000 residents. It originally grew up around the Royal Naval Dockyard and produced 260 fine ships between 1814-1926, including several royal yachts and men-of-war.

Transport

Pembroke Dock is connected by several bus services linking to Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Tenby. Pembroke Dock also has a railway station.

Irish Ferries operate a ferry service from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare in southern Ireland. The ferry runs twice a day in the early afternoon and the early hours of the morning.

 


What's in Pembroke Dock?

Activities

The South Pembrokeshire Golf Club occupies a superb location above Pembroke Dock with fine views over The Milford Haven waterway.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path crosses the Cleddau Bridge, passes next to the National Park offices and traverses round the waterfront past the Martello Tower on Front Street before heading uphill on the way to Pembroke. The character of the coast path around the haven is quite different to that around the more rugged coastline.

Attractions

The Flying Boat Centre based in the Royal Dockyard recounts the towns 30 year link with the Sunderland flying boats. Soon to be moving to the beautiful Garrison Chapel. Designed by naval architect George Ledwell Taylor, the Grade II listed Garrison Chapel is believed to be the only surviving classical Georgian Church in Wales. It was built by the Admiralty in 1830 as a place of worship for its employees in the dockyard.

Llanion Cemetery contains the war graves of 23 Commonwealth service personnel, including two unidentified Royal Navy sailors, of the First World War and 51 of the Second, including four unidentified Royal Navy sailors and an unidentified airman.

Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery contains the war graves of 40 Commonwealth service personnel of the First World War and 33 of the Second

Food and drink

The Station Inn pub, as its name suggests is right on the station and was previously the waiting room! It serves real ales and has weekly live music.

Other pubs include the Shipwright Inn on Front Street overlooking the historic Martello Gun Tower and The First and Last pub; its right in between Pembroke and Pembroke Dock which is how it’s got its name, it’s the last pub in Pembroke Dock and the first in Pembroke!

There are coffee houses and cafes and takeaways. La Brassaria on Law Street is a family friendly restaurant and further choices can be found in Pembroke.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels in Pembroke Dock including The Cleddau Bridge hotel. There are a few B&Bs and guesthouses in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. The nearest camp sites or caravan sites would be south of Pembroke. There are self catering cottages in the area but more likely to be found nearer the coast.


The History of Pembroke Dock

One of the gun towers has recently been renovated and refitted as it would have looked in Victorian times, complete with a roof top cannon and realistic models of defending soldiers. Another gun tower can be seen at the western end of the Royal dockyard. It is also being restored by a private individual so isn't likely to be open to the public.

The defensible barracks can be seen on the hill overlooking Pembroke Dock. This is also in private hands but can be viewed from the surrounding parkland. The barracks are one of the most unusual barrack buildings in Britain, probably the last example of a ‘square bastion trace' fortification built in Europe. The form of the design dates back to 16th century Italy. Its four wings are surrounded by a large moat, with two Martello Towers protecting the seaward approach from Milford Haven.

Other forts in the vicinity include Scoverston Fort, Fort Popton, Stack Rock Fort, Thorne Island, Chapel Bay Fort, South Hook Fort, Dale Fort and East & West Blockhouse.

Irish Ferries operate a ferry service from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare in southern Ireland. The ferry runs twice a day in the early afternoon and the early hours of the morning.

There are a number of hotels in Pembroke Dock including The Cleddau Bridge hotel, near to the bridge linking Pembroke Dock to north Pembrokeshire. There are a few B&Bs and guesthouses in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. The nearest camp sites or caravan sites would be south of Pembroke. There are self catering cottages in the area but more likely to be found nearer the coast.

The South Pembrokeshire Golf Club occupy a superb location above Pembroke Dock with fine views over The Milford Haven waterway.

Finding Pembroke Dock

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