The Best Castles in Pembrokeshire and West Wales
on Aug 21st, 2015


St. Catherine’s Island and Fort can be seen a stone’s throw away from the famous Tenby Castle Beach

It is a little known fact that Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe!  Pembrokeshire enjoys it’s fair share of these historical monuments and Tenby and the surrounding area is absolutely littered with Iron Age Hill Forts, Roman Ruins and Castles built by Medieval Welsh Princes and English Kings.

Grown-ups and children alike love to explore Castles, so why not fit in a visit to some of Wales’ most impressive and best-preserved castles whilst on your Pembrokeshire holiday.   We’ve collected together a list of some of our favourite West Wales Castles.  Do you have a favourite Pembrokeshire Castle?  Let us know if you think we have missed a good one off our list!

Carew Castle

Carew Castle is a situated just outside of Tenby has an impressive history spanning 2,000 years.  It overlooks a spectacular 23 acre mill-pond and offers an easy one mile circular walk suitable for wheel-chair users.   The standing Elizabethan Country house is truly impressive and we would seriously recommend taking a guided walk, don’t forget to ask your guide about the Ghost Monkey who is said to haunt the castle. Find Out More

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle is the birth place of King Henry VII and enjoys an idyllic setting on the river estuary.   It is one of the largest castles in Wales, and has undergone recent restoration – making it a great spot to enjoy a family day out.  There is lots of interesting information points, and Pembroke Castle frequently hosts kid’s days, bringing history to life! Check the website out for more information.

Manorbier Castle

Manorbier Castle is one of Pembrokeshire’s best kept secrets.  Manorbier Castles sits on a beautiful unspoilt beach, and the combination of beautiful Pembrokeshire beach and spectacular Medieval Castle means that it is the perfect spot for a family day out.  You and your family can explore the Great Hall, Chapel and the Turrets – watch out for the prisoners in the castle dungeon though!  Or if it’s a sunny day take a look at the beautiful landscape gardens, or take a blanket and enjoy the Beach. Find Out More

Laugharne Castle

About a forty minute drive from The Old Vicarage Tenby you will find Laugharne Castle.  Laugharne is most closely associated with the famous writer Dylan Thomas and indeed the famous writer put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summer house.  Originally a Medieval castle it later became a Tudor Mansion.  Again, enjoying a fantastic practical and picturesque location on a river estuary Laugharne castle is actually found in the neighouring county of Carmarthenshire, but we think it’s so impressive that it deserves a place on our list. While you’re there make a visit to Dylan Thomas’ boathouse and explore the sleepy village of Laugharne.  Find Out More 

St. Catherine’s Island and Fort

For years Tenby visitors have looked across the sea towards St. Catherine’s Island and Fort and wished to visit.  Recently visitors have been allowed back on the island, with big plans for re-development in motion for the island.  You can visit this magnificent haven of history during low tide – have a look at their Facebook page or website for up to date entry times.  Just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Castle Beach in Tenby – a visit here would leave you well situated to enjoy a day out in the Ancient sea-side town of Tenby.  This small Pembrokeshire Island is said to have been inhabited since 1066 and in its long and illustrious history it has served as a medieval fort, place of Christian worship, Napoleonic Fort, and Pembrokeshire Zoo.   This is a perfect location for a Tenby family day out.

Do you have your own favourite Pembrokeshire and West Wales castle?  Well this is just a short list of the ones which we think that every Pembrokeshire visitor should take the opportunity to visit.

All of the castles listed here are all less than an hour’s drive away from The Old Vicarage, Penally.  So why not come and visit us here at The Old Vicarage Penally, and enjoy visiting all of our fabulous Welsh Castles.  Contact us today for more information.


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