Narberth is a gorgeous little market town in the east of Pembrokeshire. Multi coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings line the high street which has developed quite a reputation as a shopper’s heaven. Independent shops selling a whole range of exquisite items from fine art to fine food rub shoulders with vintage and antique shops. Then when a well earned rest is needed, there are award winning cafes, pubs and restaurants galore to rest your weary feet.
Narberth has a railway station about a mile outside of town and is well connected to Haverfordwest, Tenby, Cardigan and Carmarthen
What's in Narberth?
Nearby Canaston Woods offers a wealth of opportunity for walking, cycling and horseriding.
Narberth is home to The Queens Hall and Span Arts who work to bring an eclectic mix of music and comedy to the hall.
Narberth Museum is well worth a visit, recently a finalist in the Arts fund Museum of the Year competition, the museum looks at Narberth’s long and interesting history. This story is told through the use of historic artefacts, scale models, interpretive panels and interactive activities
Narberth Castle is a rectangular castle with towers on each corner but, unfortunately, not much remains today. The most fascinating thing about Narberth is the legends that are attached to it. The castle's exact origin lies back in the mists of time but it is believed the site may once have been occupied by a palace spoken of in the Mabinogion, a collection of ancient legends and myths. It was supposedly the home of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed.
Four miles south of Narberth in Begelly is Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo. Jam-packed with exotic creatures, farmyard friends, exhilarating rides and adventure.
Three major events put Narberth on the map. Narberth's Big Plant Sale in the spring is a perfect place for stocking up on garden plants. There are both amateur and professional plantsmen & women exhibiting.
Narberth Civic Week which culminates in the renowned Narberth Carnival takes place in July and the Narberth Food Festival, at the end of September, brings thousands of food-lovers to the town for tasty treats, an impressive line-up of international culinary talent and over 50 specialist food stalls and a variety of street entertainment.
Food and drink
Narberth has a wide range of places to eat and drink. There are four pubs and numerous cafes restaurants as well as delis, butchers, bakers and 3 small supermarkets.
There are a couple of hotels in Narberth; the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in the town and The Grove is just outside Narberth, 5 minutes off the main road heading towards Tenby. There are also one or two B&Bs and guesthouses in Narberth and more choice can be found in Robeston Wathen and Clunderwen. There are camping, camp sites and touring caravan sites in and around Narberth or in Clunderwen. There are self catering cottages in the area and the 5 star Bluestone Holiday Village is three miles west of Narberth on the A4075.
The History of Narberth
The town has grown around the walls of its stone castle, but the name is older than the castle. Narberth is derived from ‘Arberth’, the pre-Norman name for the district (or commote). This Celtic heritage is also represented in the myth and legend of the Mabinogion – ancient Welsh folk tales that were written down in the 14th century, originating from an earlier tradition of oral storytelling. Two branches of the Mabinogi in particular are centred on ‘Arberth’, which was reputedly the court of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed.