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Cresswell Quay holidays: a picture-postcard hamlet on the banks of the Cresswell river

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Boats on the water

Cresswell Quay is a charming riverside hamlet and the perfect place to enjoy a truly relaxed Pembrokeshire holiday, with plenty to see close by.

Once a bustling river port, this idyllic village in Wales previously played a role in the export of coal and limestone, thanks to its position on the banks of one of the many rivers feeding the Milford Haven waterway.

Plenty of boats still sail up and downstream today, although largely now for pleasure rather than business. There are plenty of waterways to explore on your holiday in Cresswell Quay, as further downstream the Cresswell river joins the Carew and Cleddau rivers. Four Brothers operate boat rides and fishing trips which call at Cresswell Quay, also taking in Pembroke Dock, Lawrenny and Llangwm – a great way to soak up the river scenery.

Nearby Carew Castle

Much of the village’s industrial history can still be seen today in many of its buildings and structures, many of them listed. These include the restored mill, miller’s house, the bridge and a number of ruined industrial buildings. Stepping stones can also be used to cross the river at low tide.

Half a mile north of Cresswell Quay lies another piece of the village’s history: Cresswell Castle. Located on private land, buried in the woods, this castle now lies in ruins. First constructed in the 13th century as a manorial complex, many alterations were also made to it in the 16th and 17th centuries.

At the heart of Cresswell Quay lies the Cresselly Arms, a popular pub with great views out over the river. This historic pub sticks to tradition, serving just bar snacks and well-pulled pints, though with the views sat outside in the summer and the two roaring fires inside in the winter, there’s little else you need to spend an enjoyable few hours here.

For those looking to explore the area on foot, an enjoyable walk can be had beside the river over to the nearby village of Lawrenny, situated around three miles away. Following quiet lanes and part of the Landsker Borderlands trail, this walk enjoys great countryside and river views. Lawrenny also has a quay of its own filled with boats, alongside a tearoom and village shop.

“Much of the village’s industrial history can still be seen today in many of its buildings and structures...”

A short drive from Cresswell Quay will also bring you to a number of wonderful places across Pembrokeshire. These include Carew (3 miles) and Pembroke (7 miles), each home to a majestic castle, and the seaside resorts of Tenby (8 miles) and Saundersfoot (6.5 miles).

If you’ve been inspired to base your next holiday in this wonderful corner of Pembrokeshire, take a look at our full selection of Cresswell Quay cottages for more inspiration.

While you’re there

Cresselly Arms

This charming traditional pub is the perfect place to sit back and soak up the riverside views

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

Found in Carew 3 miles away, this impressive stone castle was once a powerful stronghold

Riverside walk to Lawrenny

Follow this gentle route along quiet country lanes and discover the quaint village of Lawrenny

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