Fishguard Coast Guide
Fishguard is a small town and ferry port located on the west coast of Wales. The town faces north and is protected from the Atlantic by the Goodwich peninsular to the west. This location makes an ideal location for a small harbour and port. Ferries cross regularly to Rosslare in southern Ireland.
The Pembroke Coast National Park is adjacent to Fishguard which makes it an ideal location from which to explore this spectacular area. within Fishguard itself there is a pleasant quay area where small cottages crowd in on the waterfront. There are some good cafes and restaurants to wile away the time doing nothing in particular - except admire the view.
For details of Fishguard Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages and visit Attractions. Go to Fishguard Hotels, Guest Houses and Cottages
Some 16 miles along the coast to the west lies St David's, which is a small town with a magnificent cathedral where St David's remains lie. There are spectacular views from St. David's Head across St Brides Bay and towards Ramsey Island, which lies one kilometre off shore and is a nature reserve.
To the east of Fishguard you will find Newport, which is a small seaside resort with large, sandy beaches at Parrog and at Newport Sands across the river. Newport was once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, until trade moved to the south Wales coast at Swansea and Cardiff.
Unlikely as it may seem Fishguard was the location of the last invasion of mainland Britain. In 1797 a cheeky gang of 1500 Frenchmen landed at Fishguard with the aim of marching on Liverpool to divert English troops while a larger force attempted to occupy Ireland. Needless to say the French themselves were diverted when they happened on a large cache of vintage wine which they consumed, with predictable results. The local postmistress, aided by a couple of boy scouts rounded up the naughty soldiers and the invasion failed. Well something like that - honest!
Places to visit in Fishguard
Fishguard Harbour Tourist Information Centre - Ocean Lab, Goodwick, Fishguard. SA64 0DE Tel: 01348 872037
Fishguard Sports Centre and Pool - Heol Dyfed, Fishguard Tel: 01348 874514
St David's - Cathedral and Bishops palace
Map of the Fishguard area
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Whether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.
Attractions - see listings pages
A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages.
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Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide
The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....
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