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An ancient riverside town with a castle at its heart

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As you wander through this ancient town, you’ll discover interesting shops, historic buildings and a variety of atmospheric places to eat and drink.

Haverfordwest is located in Pembrokeshire, a stone’s throw from some of the county’s most beautiful countryside and coastline. The town centre is a lovely place to explore by foot, with plenty of shops and cafes where you can pick up fresh, local produce. Don’t miss the renowned farmers’ market, which takes place at the riverfront every Friday, selling fresh fish, lobster and crab. As you wander through Haverfordwest, it’s hard to miss the ruined castle which looms over the town centre. A short stroll along the river will bring you to the ruins of an Augustinian priory.

Haverfordwest is home to Wales’ only dedicated indoor trampolining centre, Hangar 5, featuring slam-dunk basketball nets, party area, angled walls, roll-over platforms and a good café.

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For a glimpse into the town’s fascinating past, visit the excellent Haverfordwest Museum, which houses an impressive series of exhibits. To the rear of the museum, you can explore the ruins of Haverfordwest Castle, which dates back to the time of Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I. The castle has a turbulent past, serving as a prison, cell doors and leg irons of which are now on display.

For a bite to eat in Haverfordwest, try The Georges, a unique restaurant and shop, nestled behind the Georgian facades of the town’s old trading centre. An extensive menu of fresh tasty dishes includes cottage pie, crab cakes and garlic sirloin, all cooked with the best local ingredients. If you’re after a cup of tea or a hearty fried breakfast, look no further than Caddies Cafe, one of the town’s most popular cafes. For a pint of local ale, it’s hard to beat the Bristol Trader, an award-winning pub which dates back to the 1700s and has a reputation for serving good, reasonably priced food.

"As you wander through this ancient town, you’ll discover interesting shops, historic buildings and a variety of atmospheric places to eat and drink."

Our Haverfordwest cottages are an ideal base for visitors who are planning to explore Wales’ south coast. A short drive to the northeast is St Davids, a charming destination which, despite its official status as a cathedral city, has the feel of a traditional Welsh village. Nearby is Whitesands Bay, a magnificent stretch of golden sand, which offers some of the best surfing conditions in the area.

Follow the A4076 south from Haverfordwest and you’ll arrive in Milford Haven, a lovely coastal town with a remarkable maritime history. Also well worth a day trip is Fishguard, to the north, a charming seaside town with a historic harbour and plenty of good places to eat and drink.

While you’re there

Haverfordwest Farmers' Market

Pick up fresh local produce every Friday at the market on the riverside.

Haverfordwest Castle

The impressive ruins of this castle dominate the little town.

Haverfordwest Town Museum

Housed in the old prison governor's house is a collection of interesting art and artefacts.

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