Into the West: Days out in Pembrokeshire

Days out, Family

Posted by Ed on 31st March 2019

Pembrokeshire

Planning a fun holiday? Whether you’re heading to Pembrokeshire with your family, your partner or friends, it has never been easier with our fantastic ‘things to do’ guide which highlights walking trails, ancient sites, a castle, a steam railway, and a birdlife centre. Read on to discover our favourite must see places in Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire is about as far west as you can drive in Wales before you reach the Irish Sea. In fact, it feels like a separate country altogether with its stunning clifftops, open sandy beaches, hidden coves, gorse and heather cover hillsides and one of the prettiest stretches of protected rural coast in the British Isles. Lovers of the great outdoors head here, using it as an alternative to the sunny southwest shores overtaken by sun seekers that journey down to Devon and Cornwall.

If you’re planning a Welsh holiday, take a look at our self-catering holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire which are perfectly placed to take advantage of whichever of these outdoor activities takes your fancy. From cosy cottages for couples nestled in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, to welcoming coastal escapes where you can watch the sea from your window, whatever type of holiday you’re planning, you’ll find a comfortable base within our collection.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park defines this part of Wales like Sydney Opera House defines Sydney, and Le Tour Eiffel defines Paris. It is one of the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire, packed with places to go.  Covering a total area of 243 square miles, the National Park has been designated its status largely thanks to its dynamic and unique coastline full of interesting habitats and several SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). It is lightly divided into four areas, that includes Caldey Island, the Daugleddau Estuary, St Bride’s Bay, and the Preseli Hills. The park isn’t entirely coastal though; it has many varied habitats and landscapes like moorlands, marshes and forests.

Geologists love the park too for its myriad of rock types and uncommon structures. It’s home to much of the 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast Path that runs between Amroth, in the south, and St Dogmæls. For most of its length, the trail follows the cliff edge linking up with other coastal paths along the way to become part of the Wales Coast Path. Voted in National Geographic, 2011, as the second-best coastal destination in the world it’s not hard to see why this coastline continues to enthral so many visitors, year-on-year. There are many things to do in Pembrokeshire.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path makes up a large section of the Wales Coast: read our guide.

Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan

One of the most interesting places to go in Pembrokeshire is Pentre Ifan. If you love Stonehenge and Avebury Circle, head to the ancient rock formations of Pentre Ifan. Dating back to 4000BC, Pentre Ifan is arguably the finest Neolithic site in Wales. Historians have speculated that the stones were originally assembled to be a burial chamber. Many people visit the area to learn why and how these stones were erected and to take a journey back through time to get a feel for Neolithic life, so unspoiled is the surrounding countryside. Pentre Ifan stands tall against the attractive Welsh scenery and offers beautiful views of Fishguard Bay. It's both a historic and beautiful day out in Pembrokeshire.

  • Facilities: Parking, bike access 
  • Entry prices and opening times: Free
  • Postcode: Pentre Ifan, SA41 3TZ
  • Stay at: Lampit Cove CottageSleeps: 7 guests plus 3 dogs

Read our guide to Wales' many historic places.

The Dinosaur Park, Tenby

Dinosaur roar

A real fun day out in Pembrokeshire awaits at Tenby Dinosaur Park. Giants rule the Earth once more or at least they do in Tenby. Outgoing kids love the awesome displays of larger-than-life fanged-face reptiles – so be sure to take a trip to The Dinosaur Park at the seaside resort of Tenby.  If you are looking for a light-hearted, educational day to entertain the kids, then this is perfect for you. Little ones can also enjoy a bit of rough and tumble at the indoor play centre where you are able to take the weight off your feet and relax. After one visit to the Dinosaur Park, even mum and dad will want to come back a second time! For young families, this is one of the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire.

  • Facilities: Parking, cafe, WC, disabled access, guide dogs permitted, gift shop
  • Entry prices and opening times: Visit the website
  • Postcode: The Dinosaur Park, Great Wedlock, Gumfreston, Tenby SA70 8RB 
  • Stay at: Victory CottageSleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dogs

 

Read our guide to even more great places to take the kids on your holiday to Pembrokeshire.

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle

Looking for some historic things to see in Pembrokeshire? This majestic Grade I castle is most famous for being the birthplace of Henry VII making it a must for your holiday itinerary. Pembroke Castle is situated just outside Milford Haven, it overlooks the Cleddau Estuary. A visit to the castle is a real treat for royal history enthusiasts and lively kids as it offers activities galore and a good insight into its fascinating history.

Built as a wooden fort to protect the Pembroke Peninsula from Norman invasion in the 11th century, it became a stone edifice in the 12th century. Restored in the 1950s, you can now embark on guided tours, interactive displays, kids’ workshops and exhibitions. Eagle-eyed film fans may recognise the castle from Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky and the recent romantic drama, Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

  • Facilities: Parking, cafe, WC,  guide dogs permitted, gift shop
  • Entry prices and opening times: visit the website.
  • Postcode: Pembroke Castle, SA71 4LA
  • Stay at: Upper CrossingSleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dogs

Read our guide to even more castles to visit on your holiday to Wales.

Gwili Steam Railway

Trains

Before Thomas the Tank Engine ruled children’s TV there was Ivor the Engine: a cartoon about an intrepid Welsh steam train. Step back in time and climb aboard the Gwili Steam Railway, which probably served as the real-life inspiration to the makers of the show in the 1950s and ‘70s. For the avid train aficionados, Gwili Steam Railway is an ideal day out for visitors of all ages. It’s a great opportunity to experience the picturesque landscapes of Pembrokeshire as they roll past your window while you lounge in comfort and style. This one of the gentlest ways to pass your time as far as things to do in Pembrokeshire are concerned.

  • Facilities: Parking, cafe, WC, dogs permitted, gift shop
  • Entry prices and opening times: Visit the website
  • Postcode: Pembroke Castle, SA71 4LA
  • Stay at: Wayland in LlansteffanSleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dogs

Read our guide to even more things to do on your holiday to Wales. 

Pembrokeshire Falconry  

Falconry

If you love nature and birdlife then a trip to see the birds at the falconry are among the best things to see in Pembrokeshire. The UK’s first dedicated ‘British Bird of Prey Centre’ is a thrilling place to visit for young families and fans of carnivorous birds. With a visitor centre, new for 2018, and lots of interactive displays, there’s nothing quite like getting up close and personal with up to 20 native raptors. Experience days take place at the The National Botanic Garden of Wales at Middleton Hall.  At Pembrokeshire Falconry, you can experience the thrill of these awe-inspiring birds as they fly past your head or, if you’re brave enough, you could let them land on your glove-cladded hand like a real bird keeper!

  • Facilities: Parking, cafe, WC, gift shop
  • Entry prices and opening times: visit the website.
  • Postcode: The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthe, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN
  • Stay at: Step InSleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs

Read our guide to even more great places to take the kids on your holiday to Pembrokeshire. 

Fishguard - a day by the sea

Fishguard with its lovely harbour is home to hordes of tea rooms, restaurants and pubs to while away the time in. Also visit the Last Invasion Tapestry, which has been compared to the Bayeux Tapestry. For enthusiastic walkers, join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and explore east towards Dinas Head and the beautiful Newport Sands, with the opportunity to watch dolphins and seals. Newport Links Golf Course is also situated nearby, with stunning views across the bay. The beautiful Preseli Hills are just a short drive away, and St. Davids, the smallest city in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and Bishop's Palace is also close by, together with nearby family attractions such as Castell Henllys. A wealth of festivals throughout the year also take place in Fishguard, including the Fishguard Folk Festival each May, the International Music Festival in July and the Aberjazz Jazz & Blues Festival in August.

  • Facilities: Parking, cafe, pubs, restaurants, banks, shops, WCs, 
  • Entry prices and opening times: n/a
  • Postcode: Fishguard, SA65
  • Stay at: Ropeyard CottagesSleeps: 4 guests 

Other great visitor attractions in Pembrokeshire include: Manor Wildlife Park, Oakwood Theme Park, and Folly Farm.

Stay in Pembrokeshire

We have some lovely cottages close to the above beauty spots, landmarks and activity centres in our collection. Treat the family to a fun-filled holiday in Pembrokeshire and make the most of these fantastic days out. If you need somewhere to stay, check out three of our Pembrokeshire holiday cottages below.

Puddleduck Cottage - near Tenby

Sleeps: 5 guests plus 2 dogs

For cool days out in Tenby, stay at this wonderful self-catering property in Pembrokeshire. you can visit the Dinosaur Park as well as take seasonal boat trips around the bay from Saundersfoot. Puddleduck is a comfortable base for a growing family and like our last cottage is within walking and cycling distance of the picturesque Coast Path. Read more...

Adfer - near St Dogmæls

Sleeps: 6 guests plus 2 dogs

Adfer

Adfer near St Dogmæl’s is a great choice of holiday home for groups of six people (or less) and two dogs wishing to explore the northern end of the National Park. It’s also a short distance from Pentre Ifan and the Coast Path, perfect for walkers and history buffs. Read more...

West Grove Barn Ash - near Milford Haven

Sleeps: 6 guests plus 5 dogs

Set in a lovely complex, this stone property is a family favourite, accommodating up to six guests and five dogs. Close to Milford Haven in the village of Hundleton, you’ll also be close to the National Park, Coast Path and the impressive Pembroke Castle for great days out. Read more...

For even more choice, be sure to visit our collection of Pembrokeshire holiday cottages. If you'd like to visit Pembrokeshire and West Wales and try these fun family days out for yourself, take your pick from one of our Pembrokeshire holiday cottages for the perfect place to stay. We have cosy accommodation for couples and larger properties for family groups and friend reunions. Visit our collection of self-catering holiday homes today to find your perfect place to stay in Pembrokshire.

Find your perfect Pembrokeshire holiday

 

 

Photo credits:

  • Header image @ penally_abbey
  • Pembrokeshire Coast @ lauramaerees
  • Pentre Ifan @ pedrofardt
  • Tenby Dinosaur Park @ mr_d_hughes
  • Pembroke Castle @ fredaduffy

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.