Tudor history, fabulous beaches and cream teas
48 hours in Pembroke
Hidden in a quiet corner of Pembrokeshire are some of the best beaches in the UK. World-renown climbing cliffs and the hottest surf beach in the country.
Stroll round Henry Tudors castle, take loose-leaf tea with Aunty Vi, get stranded at the Point House pub and find a 14th-century chapel built into a cliff.
Here are our twenty things to do with 48-hours in, near and around Pembroke
- Walk to Barafundle Bay. Time and time again this beautiful beach has been voted as the best beach in the UK. You’ll understand why when you go there.
- Explore Pembroke Castle, Henry Tudor’s birthplace. You can explore inside the castle and walk around the 900-year town wall, popping into the Cornstore, overlooking the mill pond, for refreshments. Don’t forget to visit the newly installed bronze statue of Henry Vll on Mill Bridge.
- Grab a gourmet lobster lunch from the best street food stall in the UK – Café Mor at Freshwater West beach.
- Walk around Bosherston Lily ponds to the 8-arch bridge and go enjoy a cuppa tea in the Stackpole Walled Garden.
- Visit the Olde Worlde Café in Bosherston where you’ll get served a good old fashioned cream tea with a loose-leaf brew.
- Wander round West Angle Bay to the Point House and prepare yourself to get ‘stuck in the pub’ when the high tide temporarily cuts off the road for an hour – the perfect excuse for an extra round of drinks!
- See Pembrokeshire from a new angle and join a National Trust guide on a kayaking trip out of Stackpole Quay. Get on the water, explore caves and play in the surf then maybe stop on Barafundle to explore this idyllic dune-backed beach before paddling home. Then celebrate with the biggest slice of cake you could ever wish for at the Boathouse Café.
- Catch the Coastal Cruiser walkers bus and walk a section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Bosherston – Freshwater East and Freshwater West – Angle are two popular sections.
- Broadhaven South is one of the best places in the UK’s to go star-gazing. Stackpole National Trust regularly hosts star-gazing nights to reveal the mysteries of the night sky.
- Freshwater West beach is the place to cut your surf teeth. Local surf schools offer surf camps, guaranteeing to get you on your feet and riding the waves before you leave.
- If you’ve got a head for heights then St Govans Head, near Bosherston, is the place to put your climbing skills to the test.
- For a romantic weekend check into Stackpole Inn. This award-winning gastropub offers rooms in the pretty village of Stackpole. Their outdoor garden is a sunny spot for an afternoon drink and their restaurant menu irresistible!
- Go meet Jerry and eat rabbit pie at the Speculation Inn, near Hundleton.
- Find St Govan’s Chapel nestled into the base of the cliffs at St Govan’s Head, near Bosherston.
- Lamphey Bishops Palace is what remains of a grand medieval palace of the Bishop of St Davids. A beautiful place to wander around.
- Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales are the dramatic natural rock arch and rock pillars on the Castlemartin Peninsula. The road to the Stack Rocks passes through an army tank range and is open at weekends. Please call to check if the range is open to the public during the week: Castlemartin Range – 01646 662367
- Book onto a guided walk with a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger through Castlemartin Military range west.
- In 1940 the Sunderland T9044 ‘flying boat’ sank off Pembroke Dock. Local enthusiasts have now found the wreck and are undertaking an ambitious project to bring this unique wartime icon to the surface. Visit the Flying Boat Centre in Pembroke Dock to learn about the world’s largest flying boat station at Pembroke Dock, see photos of the famous Sunderland and learn more about the Battle of the Atlantic.
- Otters at dawn – Join Stackpole National Trust volunteers for a dawn otter-watch around Bosherston Lily Ponds, followed by tea and bacon butties afterwards.
- The Stackpole Walled Gardens and café are worth a visit at any time of year. The gardens used to support the Stackpole estate house and are now a Mencap project that produces vegetables and flowers, which can be bought in the shop. The woodland and exhibition on the site of the old house are all within walking distance and well worth the stroll.