Places to visit

 

Solva (6 Miles)

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Well worth a stop on the way to St Davids, a pretty little village which leads down to a natural harbour. The pub next to the car park, which is right on the waterside, is always very popular when the sun shines.

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St Davids (9 Miles)

The smallest city in the United Kingdom by virtue of its cathedral. The cathedral and the surrounding abbey ruins are well worth a visit and are particularly notable for their very sheltered location, chosen to provide a hiding place from raiding Vikings. The city itself is served not by the more usual Marks and Spencers, but by a range of small craft and teashops.

Picton Castle, House & Gardens (12 miles)

Small but, in our view, charming historic home and gardens, RHS recommended. Make sure to visit the café here, ‘Marias’ which is distinctly Spanish in flavour.

Abereiddy (10 miles)

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Spectacular coastal lagoon, left as a result of slate mining in the area. The venue of the Red Bull cliff diving championships and many locals still test their nerve by jumping from the cliffs here. Not for the faint hearted. Recent winter storms have destroyed the car parking that used to be found here and it is now best reached by parking at Porthgain and walking a mile or so back along the coast.

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Narbeth (16 miles)

Central market town with lots of high quality art and craft shops.

Tenby (28 miles)

Ancient walled town, with two very long beaches, very popular with Summer visitors, so lots of ‘seaside’ attractions.

National Botanic Garden of Wales (45 miles)

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Is worth a visit if you enjoy gardens. It is a good day out with beautifully landscaped gardens, a substantial glass house, now with exotic Butterflys, and an impressive walled garden. Consider visiting Aberglasney (a further 10 miles), at the same time, for a full day out.

 

Visiting the Islands

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The three main islands around Pembrokeshire, Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey, have bird colonies of international importance. At the right time of year Puffins, Guillemots and Gannets can be found fishing offshore, and a boat trip to see them can be a memorable experience. Trips leave from Martins Haven in the south of the County and St Justinian’s in the north and in both cases require a bit of a scramble down to a boat. For visitors to Roch, bookings can be made in St Davids and full details can found by searching for Thousand Islands Expeditions and Pembrokeshire Islands Boat Trips.

Castles

The castles of Pembrokeshire were built by the Normans to secure the route to Ireland. As a result of their influence Pembrokeshire is sometimes known as ‘Little England beyond Wales’, as large parts of it have remained entirely Engish speaking since that time.

The village has its own Castle – Roch Castle, built on a volcanic promontory and commanding spectacular views for miles in every direction. It is now an award winning and high class hotel.

Of the many other castles in Pembrokeshire our two particular favourites are: –

 

Pembroke (17 Miles) – Site of an important and imposing castle,  which was the birthplace of the first of the Tudor Kings – Henry VII.

 

 

 

Carew (21 Miles) – Another imposing castle in a scenic location. A pretty walk around the moat and a visit to the Mill make for a nice way to spend an hour or two. There is also a pub in the village, good for lunch.

 

 

Local Attractions

Folly Farm

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Folly Farm is a good day out, with a wide range of farm and zoo animals to look at and pet, as well as twice daily, ‘feed the kid sessions’. The most recent addition is a pride of lions but, unfortunately you’re not allowed to either pet or feed these. There is a lot else to do here with a wide range of playgrounds, climbing areas, pirate ships and go-karts. The highlight for us has always been the indoor fun fair, with a traditional carousel, dodgems and lots of other attractions for children and adults of all ages

Oakwood

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Oakwood is a substantial theme park with a good range of pretty scary rides (in our opinion) including a wooden rollercoaster, which goes on far too long. There are rides for all ages and, except on the very busiest days, the queues are not too horrendous.

Also worth considering are Heatherton, with a range of pay as you play adventurous activities and Manor Wildlife Park, a small zoo.

 

Rochgate Holiday Cottages

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Wales Tourist Board Grading: 4 Star