Carew is situated on the Carew river, four miles east of Pembroke. This tiny hamlet is dominated by the 13th-century castle that stands proudly over the millpond.
Carew history has been dated as far back as the Bronze Age but the village grew up to serve the Norman castle in the 13th century. The castle’s history is a varied one: changing owners; undergoing extensions and renovations and a ghost!
Carew Karting, on the disused Carew airfield, lies 1½ miles from the village offers adrenalin-fuelled excitement.
Carew Castle is undoubtedly one of Pembrokeshire’s finest castles and historically most important. It was occupied continuously from the 12th to the 17th centuries by which time it had been transformed into a magnificent Elizabethan mansion by Sir John Perrot. With its busy programme of pageants and re-enactments during the summer months, it’s a must for the visitor.
The Carew Cross is a royal memorial to Mareddud ap Edwin, joint ruler of the kingdom of Deheubarth (South West Wales) who was killed in 1035. This fine Celtic Cross is one of Wales’ most famous monuments.
Carew Tidal Mill is a fascinating French mill, restored by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in 1972. It is the only intact tidal mill in Wales and is well worth a visit.
3 miles to the west of Carew along the A477 is Upton Castle, the grounds of which are open to the public and contain no fewer than 250 species of trees and shrubs.
Carew Cheriton Control Tower is less than a mile from the village. Dating back to World War II, the RAF control tower (Watch Office), a 1940’s Avro Anson aircraft and nearby air raid shelter have all been lovingly refurbished by the community as a living memorial to those who served at Carew airfield.
Food & drink
Carew village has a very hospitable pub, The Carew Inn
There are plenty of small campsites, caravan sites and a few large holiday parks nearby. There are some quality B&Bs and hotels in the vicinity and in nearby St Florence. There are plenty of rural self-catering cottages all around the surrounding villages. Search for accommodation.