Richard’s guidebook of South Pembrokeshire

Richard
Richard’s guidebook of South Pembrokeshire

Beaches

"Wow!" is probably the best way to describe this beach. A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees, accessible only by a half mile walk from the nearest car park. Swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters, Barafundle has been voted many, many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world; it’s often likened to a Caribbean beach! This pristine beach is isolated which means no facilities; so everything you take has to come back up over the cliffs.
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Barafundle Bay
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"Wow!" is probably the best way to describe this beach. A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees, accessible only by a half mile walk from the nearest car park. Swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters, Barafundle has been voted many, many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world; it’s often likened to a Caribbean beach! This pristine beach is isolated which means no facilities; so everything you take has to come back up over the cliffs.
A broad, wide, sandy beach that is dune backed in the middle and has some sheltered rocky sections on the east side. The dunes behind the beach are a local nature reserve ‘The Burrows’.
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Freshwater East
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A broad, wide, sandy beach that is dune backed in the middle and has some sheltered rocky sections on the east side. The dunes behind the beach are a local nature reserve ‘The Burrows’.
This sand and rocky beach is the hunting ground of the surfer always on the look out for that perfect wave; a surfers paradise. This south westerly facing beach has the best waves in the county BUT it’s only for the experienced and strong swimming surfer. Strong rip currents occur off this beach. It’s the best place to go to watch the surfing.
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Freshwater West beach
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This sand and rocky beach is the hunting ground of the surfer always on the look out for that perfect wave; a surfers paradise. This south westerly facing beach has the best waves in the county BUT it’s only for the experienced and strong swimming surfer. Strong rip currents occur off this beach. It’s the best place to go to watch the surfing.
A small but very popular resort with all the facilities you might need. Wide flat, sandy beach at low tide but still plenty of space at high tide. Pretty harbour. Stunning views from the top of the hill. Regular events such as The World Cawl cooking championships.
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Saundersfoot Beach
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A small but very popular resort with all the facilities you might need. Wide flat, sandy beach at low tide but still plenty of space at high tide. Pretty harbour. Stunning views from the top of the hill. Regular events such as The World Cawl cooking championships.
A superb, sheltered, sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand in the middle. This is one of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end. An enclosed, east facing beach, it's a real sun trap even on windy days.
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Tenby North Beach
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A superb, sheltered, sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand in the middle. This is one of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end. An enclosed, east facing beach, it's a real sun trap even on windy days.
A mile and a half long, dune backed, beach playground. There’s plenty of space at the Tenby end for families or continue eastwards for more boisterous beach activities. There’s acres of beach at low tide but still plenty of room at high tide. The sea shelves very gently and is free of obstructions.
Tenby South Beach
A mile and a half long, dune backed, beach playground. There’s plenty of space at the Tenby end for families or continue eastwards for more boisterous beach activities. There’s acres of beach at low tide but still plenty of room at high tide. The sea shelves very gently and is free of obstructions.
At the mouth of the Milford Haven Estuary this horseshoe cove is tucked right inside West Angle Bay. The beach is quite narrow at high tide but at low tide it’s revealed; a huge stretch of golden sand. The northern end of the beach has rocks perfect for climbing and if you can find it, a cut through the cliffs leads to a secret beach!
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Angle
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At the mouth of the Milford Haven Estuary this horseshoe cove is tucked right inside West Angle Bay. The beach is quite narrow at high tide but at low tide it’s revealed; a huge stretch of golden sand. The northern end of the beach has rocks perfect for climbing and if you can find it, a cut through the cliffs leads to a secret beach!
A wide sandy bay backed by dunes that lead from The National Trust owned Bosherston Lakes. This beach has masses of soft sand at low tide ensuring enough space for everyone. Access from the car park above the beach at its southern end is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs due to the number of steep steps down the cliff. Access is much better from the northern end through the lily ponds with board walks onto the sand. Please be aware that the sea of Broad Haven South has strong currents. Explore the boulders and ‘island’ on the west side to discover caves and springs gushing out of the cliffs. The convoluted low cliffs on the east side have a few small caves at low tide. The clean stream emptying out of the lily ponds runs along this side and is perfect for small children to play in. There’s also a good rock for jumping off at high tide.
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Broadhaven South
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A wide sandy bay backed by dunes that lead from The National Trust owned Bosherston Lakes. This beach has masses of soft sand at low tide ensuring enough space for everyone. Access from the car park above the beach at its southern end is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs due to the number of steep steps down the cliff. Access is much better from the northern end through the lily ponds with board walks onto the sand. Please be aware that the sea of Broad Haven South has strong currents. Explore the boulders and ‘island’ on the west side to discover caves and springs gushing out of the cliffs. The convoluted low cliffs on the east side have a few small caves at low tide. The clean stream emptying out of the lily ponds runs along this side and is perfect for small children to play in. There’s also a good rock for jumping off at high tide.

Sightseeing

The Wales Coast Path is a designated footpath which follows, or runs close to, the coastline of Wales. Launched in 2012, the path is 870 miles long and was heralded as the first dedicated footpath in the world to cover the entire length of a country's coastline. Pembrokeshire has some of the best scenery in Wales so why not enjoy walks along the coastal path from any point along its length.
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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
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The Wales Coast Path is a designated footpath which follows, or runs close to, the coastline of Wales. Launched in 2012, the path is 870 miles long and was heralded as the first dedicated footpath in the world to cover the entire length of a country's coastline. Pembrokeshire has some of the best scenery in Wales so why not enjoy walks along the coastal path from any point along its length.
A fleet of boats run to Caldey Ialnd from Tenby Harbour, every day except Sunday, throughout the summer months, weather permitting. Tickets can be bought from the relevant booth on the harbour. Caldey Island has been inhabited for many centuries by various orders of monks and is currently owned by the Cistercian Order, living in the beautiful Abbey, found just a few minutes walk from the landing stage. There are a variety of churches on the island ranging from the Abbey Church where the monks conduct their seven daily services, but explore a little further and you will discover the Old Priory with its old limestone church and also the little Norman church of St David's. On the cliff overlooking Priory Beach you will also find Caldey Calvary and the Watchtower Chapel. On the far side of the island you can walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the spectacular views. If you wish there is also a marked cliff path allowing you to explore the island and perhaps see the Atlantic Grey Seals and other birds and wildlife. Also look out for the Chocolate Factory and Abbey Gift Shop selling perfume and shortbread baked in the Monastery.
Caldey Island Lighthouse
A fleet of boats run to Caldey Ialnd from Tenby Harbour, every day except Sunday, throughout the summer months, weather permitting. Tickets can be bought from the relevant booth on the harbour. Caldey Island has been inhabited for many centuries by various orders of monks and is currently owned by the Cistercian Order, living in the beautiful Abbey, found just a few minutes walk from the landing stage. There are a variety of churches on the island ranging from the Abbey Church where the monks conduct their seven daily services, but explore a little further and you will discover the Old Priory with its old limestone church and also the little Norman church of St David's. On the cliff overlooking Priory Beach you will also find Caldey Calvary and the Watchtower Chapel. On the far side of the island you can walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the spectacular views. If you wish there is also a marked cliff path allowing you to explore the island and perhaps see the Atlantic Grey Seals and other birds and wildlife. Also look out for the Chocolate Factory and Abbey Gift Shop selling perfume and shortbread baked in the Monastery.
SEAL SAFARI - Licensed to carry 23 passengers on comfortable inboard seats, Seal Safari is suitable for all ages. We leave Tenby Harbour Daily on a one hour cruise to explore the many hidden bays of Caldey Island. Two highly qualified and experienced local guides share an in-depth knowledge of the island’s wildlife, history and surrounding waters.. At the base of the giant Cathedral Caves we drift amongst the Grey Seal population. ESKABELLE – Licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency, she boasts three outdoor deck levels including a bow seating area, a large and comfortable indoor heated saloon with a great view and separate facilities. Available throughout your trip - a large selection of drinks from our fully stocked and licensed bar - teas, coffees, soft drinks and a selection of fresh cakes, ice cream and snacks. Island Cruise - A 1.5 hour passage taking in some of Pembrokeshire’s most scenic coastline. Cruise past Giltar point to the famous smugglers caverns before crossing the sound to the bird reserve of St. Margaret’s Island. There you can view the resident and visiting birds including puffins, razorbills, cormorants and more. Take in the enormous Cathedral Caverns on route to the cliffs of Caldey where we may see the seals in the distance, basking on the rocks. Suitable for all the family and great value! Sunset Cruise – July/ August. A 2 hour round trip passage down the coast and into the Atlantic Ocean to watch the sunset with a sundowner of your choice. Cocktails available! BBQ available on certain dates.
Tenby Boat Trips
SEAL SAFARI - Licensed to carry 23 passengers on comfortable inboard seats, Seal Safari is suitable for all ages. We leave Tenby Harbour Daily on a one hour cruise to explore the many hidden bays of Caldey Island. Two highly qualified and experienced local guides share an in-depth knowledge of the island’s wildlife, history and surrounding waters.. At the base of the giant Cathedral Caves we drift amongst the Grey Seal population. ESKABELLE – Licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency, she boasts three outdoor deck levels including a bow seating area, a large and comfortable indoor heated saloon with a great view and separate facilities. Available throughout your trip - a large selection of drinks from our fully stocked and licensed bar - teas, coffees, soft drinks and a selection of fresh cakes, ice cream and snacks. Island Cruise - A 1.5 hour passage taking in some of Pembrokeshire’s most scenic coastline. Cruise past Giltar point to the famous smugglers caverns before crossing the sound to the bird reserve of St. Margaret’s Island. There you can view the resident and visiting birds including puffins, razorbills, cormorants and more. Take in the enormous Cathedral Caverns on route to the cliffs of Caldey where we may see the seals in the distance, basking on the rocks. Suitable for all the family and great value! Sunset Cruise – July/ August. A 2 hour round trip passage down the coast and into the Atlantic Ocean to watch the sunset with a sundowner of your choice. Cocktails available! BBQ available on certain dates.
Manorbier Castle is a Norman castle located in the village of Manorbier, five miles south-west of Tenby, West Wales. The castle was part of a mesne lordship under the control of the medieval Earls of Pembroke.
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Manorbier Castle
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Manorbier Castle is a Norman castle located in the village of Manorbier, five miles south-west of Tenby, West Wales. The castle was part of a mesne lordship under the control of the medieval Earls of Pembroke.
Pembroke Castle is a medieval castle in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The castle was the original family seat of the Earldom of Pembroke. A Grade I listed building since 1951, a major restoration took place during the early 20th century
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Pembroke Castle
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Pembroke Castle is a medieval castle in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The castle was the original family seat of the Earldom of Pembroke. A Grade I listed building since 1951, a major restoration took place during the early 20th century
Tenby Castle is a fortification which stands on a headland separated by an isthmus from the town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. The remaining stone structure dates from the 13th century but there are mentions of the castle from as early as 1153.
Tenby Castle
Tenby Castle is a fortification which stands on a headland separated by an isthmus from the town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. The remaining stone structure dates from the 13th century but there are mentions of the castle from as early as 1153.
Carew Castle (Welsh: Castell Caeriw) is a castle in the civil parish of Carew in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire. The famous Carew family take their name from the place, and still own the castle, although it is leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which administers the site.
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Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
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Carew Castle (Welsh: Castell Caeriw) is a castle in the civil parish of Carew in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire. The famous Carew family take their name from the place, and still own the castle, although it is leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which administers the site.

Entertaining the Kids

Visit over 750 animals at the zoo, and get up close to furry and feathery farmyard friends in the barn. Choose from 17 different rides in the vintage fairground, or enjoy eight adventure play areas. 120 acres of fun so there really is something for everyone! https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/
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Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
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Visit over 750 animals at the zoo, and get up close to furry and feathery farmyard friends in the barn. Choose from 17 different rides in the vintage fairground, or enjoy eight adventure play areas. 120 acres of fun so there really is something for everyone! https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/
Manor House Wildlife Park is a 52-acre zoo located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, just north of the village of St Florence. It was bought in 2008 by television presenter Anna Ryder Richardson https://www.manorwildlifepark.co.uk/
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Manor House Wildlife Park
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Manor House Wildlife Park is a 52-acre zoo located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, just north of the village of St Florence. It was bought in 2008 by television presenter Anna Ryder Richardson https://www.manorwildlifepark.co.uk/
The Blue Lagoon water park is open all year round and is the perfect place for the whole family - whatever the weather! From the waves in the pool to the lazy river that meanders in and out of the building to embarking on some rip-roaring fun through one of the many indoor and outdoor water flumes! It also offers a range of themed events and more information can be found on their website - www.bluelagoonwales.com
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Blue Lagoon Water Park
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The Blue Lagoon water park is open all year round and is the perfect place for the whole family - whatever the weather! From the waves in the pool to the lazy river that meanders in and out of the building to embarking on some rip-roaring fun through one of the many indoor and outdoor water flumes! It also offers a range of themed events and more information can be found on their website - www.bluelagoonwales.com
Enjoy a monster day out and discover the child within you! And you thought the age of dinosaurs had come to an end? 65 million years ago? A meteor, or so you heard? Well, think again! Think 'Wales'! Think 'Pembrokeshire'! Think 'great places to visit'! Then step back through the mists of time to the land that time forgot at The Dinosaur Park in Tenby, and whether you’re a toddler or teenager, granny or granddad, or anything in between, there are hours of great value family fun (and fear) waiting for you, lurking around every corner...
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Dinosaur Park
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Enjoy a monster day out and discover the child within you! And you thought the age of dinosaurs had come to an end? 65 million years ago? A meteor, or so you heard? Well, think again! Think 'Wales'! Think 'Pembrokeshire'! Think 'great places to visit'! Then step back through the mists of time to the land that time forgot at The Dinosaur Park in Tenby, and whether you’re a toddler or teenager, granny or granddad, or anything in between, there are hours of great value family fun (and fear) waiting for you, lurking around every corner...
Heatherton is an award-winning attraction with a free admission policy, providing a pay as you play facility, allowing customers to choose what they want to partake in before purchasing tickets. Anyone who then does not wish to participate can spectate with no extra cost, but it is guaranteed that once you witness the extensive range of activities on offer, it will be difficult to resist!
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Heatherton Activity Park Ltd
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Heatherton is an award-winning attraction with a free admission policy, providing a pay as you play facility, allowing customers to choose what they want to partake in before purchasing tickets. Anyone who then does not wish to participate can spectate with no extra cost, but it is guaranteed that once you witness the extensive range of activities on offer, it will be difficult to resist!
Located in the heart of Pembrokeshire, they are Wales’ biggest theme park, filled with thrills and excitement for children and adults alike! Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience or a magical adventure, Oakwood has plenty of rides – big and small – as well as many different attractions catered to all ages. Explore the wonderful world of Neverland and join up with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and friends against the dastardly Captain Hook. The attraction is based on the imaginative story by JM Barrie, with a Jolly Roger Pirate Ship ride, Skull Rock log flume, Crocodile Coaster, Tink’s Flying School carousel, and more! If the little ones are feeling brave, hop aboard the child friendly rollercoasters, including the Spooky 3D haunted house ride, the Treetops rollercoaster, and the Snake River Falls water flume. More daring visitors can brace themselves for their three biggest rides: Megafobia, Drenched and Speed.
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Oakwood Theme Park
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Located in the heart of Pembrokeshire, they are Wales’ biggest theme park, filled with thrills and excitement for children and adults alike! Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience or a magical adventure, Oakwood has plenty of rides – big and small – as well as many different attractions catered to all ages. Explore the wonderful world of Neverland and join up with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and friends against the dastardly Captain Hook. The attraction is based on the imaginative story by JM Barrie, with a Jolly Roger Pirate Ship ride, Skull Rock log flume, Crocodile Coaster, Tink’s Flying School carousel, and more! If the little ones are feeling brave, hop aboard the child friendly rollercoasters, including the Spooky 3D haunted house ride, the Treetops rollercoaster, and the Snake River Falls water flume. More daring visitors can brace themselves for their three biggest rides: Megafobia, Drenched and Speed.
The Overhang is an Indoor Climbing Centre located in beautiful Tenby right on Castle Beach. They provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for all ages from beginner to the advanced climber. They have several climbing clubs for both kids and adults, provide Climbing Birthday party's and take groups for outdoor rock climbing sessions.
The Overhang - Tenby Climbing Wall
The Overhang is an Indoor Climbing Centre located in beautiful Tenby right on Castle Beach. They provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for all ages from beginner to the advanced climber. They have several climbing clubs for both kids and adults, provide Climbing Birthday party's and take groups for outdoor rock climbing sessions.