Pembrokeshire has a great variety of small villages through to large towns and even a city ! The following are just a few examples.
Cilgerran Village / Gorge & Castle
There is a beautiful 3 mile walk downstream from the Courtyard Cottages along the river, through Cilgerrran Gorge to the village. The gorge has an abundance of wildlife, from fish (trout & salmon that can be seen from the banks), to birds (from swans to kingfishers) and mammals. Once in Cilgerran you can decide whether you visit its historic castle (13th century) or sample the refreshments at any one of the village’s three welcoming pubs. During August coracle races are held here.
Small town lying along the estuary. Home to Y Felin One of the last working water mills in Wales producing traditional stoneground flour. It is set in picturesque surroundings adjacent to the 12th Century Abbey of St. Dogmaels. Adjacent pond with waterfowl which you are welcome to feed, and tea room.
Solva must be one of the most attractive coastal villages in Britain. The village is divided into two - Lower Solva has a very picturesque harbour, the ruins of its limekilns and some charming gift shops. Lower Solva also has some fine restaurants and pubs, one with outside seating overlooking the harbour. Just over the headland from the harbour lies a sheltered cove - an excellent spot for a picnic or even a swim.
Approx. 15 minute drive away, this small seaside town was once a Norman settlement. Today it offers a selection of small shops and restaurants. Also a tourist information centre.
Fishguard and neighbouring Goodwick town are said to have derived their names from the Vikings. The old harbour in Lower Fishguard town was a bustling little cargo port with a fishing industry. At one time the locals were referred to as Sgadan Abergwaun -Fishguard herrings. The comprehensive school still features a herring on its badge. During 1797 the French tried to invade Fishguard. They were however thwarted in their attempts by the local Welsh ladies, who according to legend marched in sight of the coast in full Welsh costume, and were mistaken by the French for troops. A famous tapestry commemorates the event.
St David's City
St. Davids takes its name from the patron saint of Wales. Its cathedral affords it city status, and it is renowned as the smallest city in the UK, if not the world. St David's Cathedral and its setting within this small collection of shops & houses is awe - inspiring. The adjacent ruins of the Bishop's Palace are also well worth a visit. Such was the esteem of St Davids that it was said that two pilgrimages to St Davids was equivalent to one pilgrimage to Rome. Today St Davids is a delight to wander around, at its centre stands an ancient preaching cross and it was once the custom for funerals to stop and pause there. St Davids has many art, craft & gift shops.
Home to an interesting motte and bailey castle.
At a Glance