10 of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire

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Posted by Clare Willcocks on 14th March 2022

Tenby in Pembrokeshire

Beautiful and enticing, Pembrokeshire lies across a scenic corner of South Wales. Home to the only coastal national park in the UK, its coastline is peppered with stunning beaches and welcoming towns and villages, where local pubs promise hearty meals and there’s history and culture aplenty.

Spend your days walking the breathtaking Pembrokeshire Coast Path, sunning yourself of the beach, or eating your way around the local foodie scene. Get acquainted with popular destinations such as Tenby and Saundersfoot or opt for peace and quiet in charming Fishguard or Porthgain – there are places to stay in Pembrokeshire to suit everyone.

If Pembrokeshire has already captured your heart, enjoy a browse of our holiday cottages, otherwise read on to discover what delights await!

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Tenby – best place to stay for beaches

Indisputably one of Pembrokeshire’s most well-loved towns, Tenby is a little coastal gem. The walled town is steeped in history, encompassing a delightful maze of narrow streets and historic buildings housing everything from boutique shops to top-notch restaurants.

If you’re trying to decide where to stay in Pembrokeshire and you’re looking for a blend of culture and fun at the seaside, Tenby’s the place for you. With no less than four glorious beaches to choose from, all within walking distance of the town, there’s plenty of opportunity to get your feet wet and test your sandcastle building skills!

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Saundersfoot

Saundersfoot – best place to stay for families

The little seaside resort of Saundersfoot sits just along the coast from its more famous sister, Tenby. Bursting with charm, it has a beautiful, broad sandy beach, and its pleasant harbourside is dotted with places to eat and drink. If you’re seduced by the call of the sea, you can enjoy a sightseeing trip from here too.

Wander through the tunnel at the end of the strand which runs parallel to the beach, and you’ll emerge onto Coppet Hall Beach, with its restaurant and water sports facilities.

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St Davids – best place to stay for culture

Thanks to its splendid cathedral, St Davids is the UK’s smallest city by population, but its diminutive size is by no means a reflection of its character. Boasting cultural sites aplenty, it has historically been a place of pilgrimage, and vestiges of its past such as the sprawling Bishop’s Palace, and of course, its cathedral are destinations not to be missed.

Visit Oriel Y Parc gallery to view an array of art, artefacts and changing exhibitions, dip into Pebbles Yard Gallery for art and a bite to eat or take to the water on a boat trip to one of the islands - Ramsey, Grassholm, Skomer and Skokholm.

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Fishguard – best place to stay for a quiet coastal retreat

The coastal town of Fishguard consists of the township on top of the hill, and the Lower Town which sits around its pretty harbour. It is a wonderful spot for walkers, with high cliffs affording dramatic coastal views, particularly from the old fort on the promontory, whose cannons still remain.

Take a stroll around the idyllic harbour where the River Gwaun feeds into the sea, and keep hunger at bay with a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants in town. Catch a show at the theatre, try water sports in the harbour, or take a ramble up the Gwaun Valley – the choice is yours!

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Cardigan – best place to stay for walking in the Teifi Valley

On the northern fringe of Pembrokeshire lies Cardigan, on the estuary of the River Teifi. Permeated with history yet with all the charms of a 21st-century town, it’s a spellbinding destination, packed with things to do. Pembrokeshire places to stay don’t come much more culture-filled than Cardigan!

Its gorgeous Norman castle plays host to music events in the summer, its town is full of independent shops, eateries and interesting places to nosy around, and its Guildhall Market hosts an eclectic mix of businesses with a generous dollop of Welsh heritage.

Imbue your visit with a little culture, viewing a show at Theatre Mwldan, or head just a little out of town to the Welsh Wildlife Centre. There really is something for everyone.

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Newport – best place to stay for varied walks

With a mountain, estuary and beaches, Newport is surrounded by some of Wales’ most beautiful scenery, making it one of the best places in Pembrokeshire for those who love the great outdoors. Work up an appetite with a walk up the mountain of Carningli to see the town in all its glory or enjoy leisurely strolls around the estuary and beach before heading into town to take your pick of the many restaurants and cafes.

The landscape is a haven for artists and you can pick up original works from local makers in the Newport Collective Gallery and the Gallery yr Oriel.

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Food Festival

Narberth – best place to stay for foodies

With its riot of coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings, Narberth is an attractive little market town with plenty to offer the discerning shopper. And when hunger strikes, there’s a fantastic choice of eateries. Time your visit to coincide with the Narberth Food Festival - one of the finest food festivals in Wales - and enjoy demonstrations by talented chefs, live entertainment, and mouth-watering food.

If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, head for Bluestone National Park Resort with its water park and adventure activities centred around a woodland ravine. Oakwood Theme Park is also close by.

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Porthgain

Porthgain – best place to stay for coastal walks

A tiny hamlet on the coast, Porthgain is picture-postcard perfect, with its azure water, green hills and harbour once used for transporting stone from the local quarry. It has a handful of galleries, shops and eateries.

It’s a fantastic base for walking, with a bus service connecting places along the coast, making it easy for ramblers to enjoy one-way walks. Kayakers too, make the most of Porthgain’s idyllic scenery, launching from the little hamlet.

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Pembroke Castle

Pembroke – best place to stay for castles

Well-known as the birthplace of Henry Tudor, Pembroke is one of the best areas to stay in Pembrokeshire if you want to include castles on your itinerary. Its formidable castle was built in the 18th century and is the focal point of the town, with events throughout the year, and 10 minutes away you'll also find the excellent Carew Castle.

Activities in this area are numerous, from canoeing on the Cleddau estuary, to shopping amidst Pembroke’s ancient streets. Beneath the castle lies a natural cavern called the Wogan – worth a look to visit its interesting museum.

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Broad Haven

Broad Haven – best place to stay for water sports

Ticking all the boxes for a traditional seaside holiday, Broad Haven’s charming village and inviting expanse of sand make it the perfect spot for a family break. The tide draws out to reveal a large sandy beach, fringed with rock pools. Living up to its namesake, it’s a haven for water sports enthusiasts with surfboard and kayak hire available on the seafront.

Take a stroll along the beach at low tide to neighbouring Little Haven and back, working up an appetite which you can indulge in one of the local cafes or pubs.

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