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Wonders of Pembrokeshire

Tenby / Richard Szwejkowski, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most amazing wonders of Pembrokeshire are:

  • Castles – diverse, impressive and sometimes gruesome. One of the best is Pembrokeshire Castle.
  • Megalithic monuments – Pembrokeshire is very rich with Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. The best known is Pentre Ifan.

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Pembrokeshire

Geological wonders

Elegug Stacks

Two spectacular rock stacks in the sea.

Church Doors near Tenby

One of the most impressive natural arches in Great Britain, resembling an enormous doorway in the seaside cliff.

Biological wonders

Skomer bluebell meadows

Every May there is enormous bluebell flower carpet in open landscape on Skomer Island.

The Bleeding Yew of Nevern

One of the eight very old yew trees in the alley between Nevern Church and gate. This tree is „bleeding” a red sap. There is a legend about a guiltless monk who was hung in this tree.

Grassholm gannet colony

Small island where are breeding some 39,000 pairs of northern gannets (Morus bassanus) – some 10% of world population.

Archaeological wonders

Pentre Ifan

One of the most impressive and best-preserved Neolithic dolmens in Wales. Built sometime around 3500 BC. At least seven enormous stones still are in their original places, including a 16 tonnes heavy capstone.

Pentre Ifan, Pembrokeshire
Pentre Ifan, Pembrokeshire / Ben Bore, Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0
Bone Cave (Ogof yr Esgryrn)

Cave with extremely rich findings. Thus far here have been found more than 42 human skeletons from roughly 1000 BC. Contains also remnants of extinct animals – hyena, saber tooth tiger, and others.

St. Llawddog Ogham Stone

Megalithic standing stone with Ogham writing.

Architecture wonders

St David’s Cathedral

Old and impressive cathedral in a rural setting. Construction of the present cathedral was started in 1181 and was soon completed. The building though has suffered much damage and modifications. The gravestone of Bishop Abraham who was murdered in 1080 is adorned with intricate Celtic carvings.

Picton Castle

A medieval castle, built at the end of the 13th century and is still inhabited by the family of the original builders. Remodeled in the 15th century and 1820ies.

St Govan’s Chapel

An old chapel in a unique location – at the sea coast, in a dramatic fissure, among high cliffs. It was constructed in the 13th century. It is possible that already in the 6th century here was built the first church by St. Govan.

Pembroke Castle

Remains of a very impressive medieval castle. It was constructed in 1189 – 1218 and 1234 – 1241. Abandoned since the middle of the 17th century. Extensive restoration in the late 19th – 20th century has to large extent returned the former impression. Beneath the southeastern corner of the building is Wogan Cavern – a large natural grotto.

Llawhaden Castle

Ruins of a medieval castle, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Presently visible stone structures were built in 1362 – 1389.

Tenby St. Mary’s Church

Very old church. It is believed that some parts of the existing church were built in Norman times, and most of the present structure was built in the 13th century.

Manorbier Castle

Massive ruins of a large castle at the sea. Originally built as a motte and bailey castle at the end of the 11th century, in the early 12th century rebuilt into a large stone castle. Now consists of a rectangular enclosure surrounded by curtain walls, with two towers. The chapel was built around 1260 and contains medieval frescoes and plasterwork. Ruined since the middle of the 17th century.

Haverfordwest Castle

Impressive ruins of a medieval castle – English stronghold. Present structure dates mostly from 1290. Abandoned in 1648.

Tenby walled town

Walled town from the 13th century. Settlement on this promontory existed in the 9th century AD or earlier. Town walls were built in the late 13th century. An impressive feature is Tenby Five Arches Gate, the historical center that has colorful houses.

Tenby Five Arches Gate, United Kingdom
Tenby Five Arches Gate / , Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Carew Castle

An enormous, impressive castle, built sometimes around 1270, part of the castle was converted into Tudor style mansion in the 16th century. A ghost story about a tormented ape.

Nevern St Brynach Church

Very old, archaic Norman church. The massive tower remains from the Norman times, most of the other parts have been rebuilt in later times.

Colby Woodlands Gardens

A beautiful garden in a forested valley with an exquisite collection of azaleas and rhododendrons.

St Illtyd’s Church in Caldey

Very old church with a leaning tower. It is possible that the tower was built in the early 12th century. Caldey Stone in the church with Celtic Ogham script on it.

Roch Castle

Impressive tower – some 30 m tall castle, built in the second half of the 12th century.

Lamphey Bishops Palace

Ruins of Gothic-style palace from 1328 – 1347.

Nevern Cross

Celtic stone cross, made in the 10th or the early 11th century.

Carew Mill

Intact tidal mill, originally built sometime around 1542. Present mill dates from the early 19th century. Machinery preserved.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Nooks and corners of Pembrokeshire

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made our best efforts – the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path: British Walking Guide

A practical guidebook to walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The walk follows a National Trail around the coastline in southwest Wales. Includes maps, accommodation, pubs and restaurants, and what to see along the coastal path. 102 maps: 96 large-scale walking maps, 6 town plans, 10 stages with trail profiles, and 2 overview maps. Detailed accommodation: B&Bs, campsites, pubs, hotels, bunkhouses. Where to eat: cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Detailed public transport information with the frequency of services.

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