GUIDE TO WEST WALES

Encompassing Pembrokeshire and the glorious west coast, West Wales has plenty to offer visitors.

A 7 day itinerary for West Wales

Hop on board a train, visit a castle or spend the day on the beach – or do them all with seven days in West Wales!

Tenby and Saundersfoot

If there is one town you should not miss on your West Wales holiday, it’s Tenby. Its pretty little colourful houses surround a picturesque harbour where the tide draws back to reveal a golden beach. Enveloped within the old town walls are quirky shops, restaurants and cafés, perfect for a morning mooch and for picking up souvenirs. Try Caffí Llew on Tudor Square for a tasty lunch in welcoming surroundings, or pick up a sandwich or baguette to go from The Country Kitchen takeaway on Upper Frog Street. Make sure Tenby Museum and Art Gallery features on your itinerary before heading back to the car and along the coast to Saundersfoot for a relaxing afternoon stroll along the seafront. Stick around for a meal in one of Saundersfoot’s popular restaurants – Mulberry is one of the top rated!

Cathedral and coast

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path has previously been ranked second in the world’s top 10 long-distance paths by National Geographic, so you can’t leave before experiencing it for yourself. Head out after a hearty breakfast to Whitesands car park near St Davids and follow the National Trust’s coast walk around the headland to take in spectacular views of the coast and Ramsey Island. This moderate walk should take about an hour and a quarter, by which time you’ll be ready to head into St Davids, the smallest UK city, for a bite to eat for lunch. After you’ve recharged your batteries, visit the iconic cathedral which enjoys a beautiful setting backed by hills and woodland.

Top 5 for families

A day out with the children

West Wales is not short of family attractions, so take your pick and head out for a day of fun with the children. Oakwood Theme Park will thrill the adrenalin junkies among you, with roller coasters and hair-raising rides, while Folly Farm provides a slightly more tame, animal-oriented day out. The Dinosaur Park caters for those with a passion for the prehistoric, and you’ll receive a 10% discount voucher when you book your holiday with us! Little ones will love Clerkenhill Adventure Farm with its play areas, frizbee golf and friendly animals.

Top 5 railway experiences

All aboard!

There are a couple of great days out for railway enthusiasts on offer in West Wales. From Aberystwyth, the Vale of Rheidol Railway wends its way through scenic countryside, offering views of woodland, meadows and mountains from the steam train carriage. If you’re based a little further south, Teifi Valley Railway is a good choice for a couple of hours’ fun – it’s a short trip, but there are lots of play facilities and diversions for children too. Finally, Gwili Steam Railway offers an hour long journey which climbs steeply out of Bronwydd village along the River Gwili. Full and half day ‘footplate adventures’ are available on selected dates for those who want to experience driving a piece of history! The Dining Train can also be booked for a series of events throughout the year.

Top 5 historic buildings

Preseli Hills

You’ll need a decent breakfast before your trip to the Preseli Hills, as walking is on the agenda for today! Renowned for offering the best views in Pembrokeshire, Foel Eryr is a good place to start – a 50 minute family-friendly walk offering a 360 degree panorama from the top. If you’re looking for a longer option, take The Golden Road along the spine of the Preseli Hills. Beginning close to Foel Eryr, it stretches seven miles, offering spectacular views and passing ancient sites of interest. You can either pack a picnic to enjoy en route, or head for a local pub such as Tafarn Sinc in nearby Rosebush.

Castles

With so many impressive fortifications open to visitors in West Wales, your problem will be deciding which to visit! On a fine day, take a trip to Cilgerran Castle where you can take the wall-walk to admire the stunning views out over the River Teifi. If the weather isn’t looking so good, head for Dinefwr Castle where you can learn about its history in the ‘hands-on’ Newton House and venture out between showers to explore the park and castle. Fans of poet and writer Dylan Thomas will enjoy Laugharne Castle which languishes on the estuary ‘brown as owls’ in Thomas’ own words. While you’re there, pay a visit to Dylan Thomas Boathouse and enjoy a bite to eat in the tearoom.

Top 5 for nature

Sun, sea and sand

Pembrokeshire is renowned for its stunning beaches which are among some of the finest in the world. Choosing the best is a hard task, so for the purpose of this itinerary, we’ve narrowed it down to two. A half mile cliff top walk from Stackpole Quay will take you to the incredible Barafundle Bay where golden sand is lapped by aquamarine water. There are no facilities at this beach, but its isolation adds to its beauty. If you have little ones in tow, Whitesands Bay near St Davids is a great choice, especially if someone in the family is a keen surfer. There’s a beach café, toilets and lifeguards between May and September so once you’re settled on the sand, there’s no need to leave!

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