Pembroke - Milford Haven - Haverfordwest Coast Guide
Pembroke is a small country town with great strategic importance as can be seen by the huge castle which overlooks the approaches to the docks. Henry VII, the first Tudor king, was born in the castle 1457. The docks are the main reason that the town has had this importance. The Royal Navy has built over 200 ships here and during World War II Sunderland flying boats were based here. Today the town is still known for the docks, from which ferries run to Ireland but it is also the gateway to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
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The park is Britain's only coastal national park, which is surprising given the size and variety of our coastline. It covers 240 square miles of the far south west of Wales and offers a great variety of scenery and habitats.
'Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts a wealth of wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Its stunning coastline offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. It's a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast, internationally important for its rare habitats and species. Offshore lie Pembrokeshire's unique islands, each with its own special character. The area's fascinating past is ever-present in prehistoric tombs, Celtic crosses, Norman castles, medieval churches, Victorian forts and historic towns and villages.' Pembrokeshire Coast National Park guide - see links page for website.
The beaches in the Pembroke area are some of the best in the whole of the UK. With some running for miles along the rugged cliff lined coast, such as at St Brides Bay which has three beaches - see photo below.
There is also a coast path along much of the Pembrokeshire coast which offers spectacular views and wildlife watching opportunities.
Milford Haven was first established as a port on the north side of the inlet by the Quakers in 1790. The arrival of the railway in 1863 gave the town new impetus, and a large docks complex was built. This became home to the sixth largest fishing fleet in Britain and the town prospered and grew. The decline of the fishing industry in the 1950s was offset by the growth of the oil industry, with several refineries being built along the Haven. today Milford Haven is still a working port but some of the town has been redeveloped for the tourist trade and there is a new marina and many visitor attractions.
Haverfordwest was a busy port and fortified town during the period from 1300 to 1500 but later it became more of a market town as sea trade moved downstream. The town continued to prosper and there are many good examples of Regency and Victorian architecture in the town. today it has a laid back approach to life and welcomes tourists.
Saundersfoot St Brides Bay
Places to visit in the Pembroke area
Carew Tidal Mill - Carew, Nr Tenby SA70 8SP Tel: 01646 651657 or (winter) 01646 651782
St David's Bishops Palace - St Davids SA62 6PX Tel: 01437 720517
St Davids Cathedral - St Davids SA62 6RF Tel: 01437 720202 or 720204
Scolton Manor House and Country Park - Spittal, Nr Haverfordwest SA62 5QN Tel: 01437 731328
Shearwater Safaris - boat trips to the islands to see dolphins, seals and seabirds - Neyland Marina SA62 3UQ Tel: 01646 602941 / 08081 445529
Skomer, Skokholm & Grassholm Boat Trips - Visit these wildlife havens by boat - Martins Haven SA73 1PY Tel: 01646 603123
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