Castles monuments in Pembrokeshire
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Pembrokeshire

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Pembrokeshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

 
blank tabPEMBROKE CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Pembroke, SA71 4LA
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Why did Jasper Tudor flee with King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Royal dynasty, from Pembroke Castle during the Wars of the Roses?

Visit the tower in which Henry was born and find out. There's a wealth of history to be learnt through exhibitions, displays and video at one of Wales' biggest and most complete Norman castles. During the summer months, guided tours and historical events enhance the experience of living history.

Also on site a Brass Rubbing Centre, cafe and Gift Shop. Idyllically set on the banks of the Pembroke River and situated minutes from the breathtaking scenery of Britain's only Coastal National Park in the mild climate of Pembrokeshire.
Tel: 01646 681510    Fax: 01646 622260
E-mail: info@pembrokecastle.co.uk
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blank tabCALDEY ISLANDCastles & Historic Monuments
Off Tenby, SA70 7UJ
Photo of CALDEY ISLAND
Caldey Abbey is the home of Cistercian Monks who farm this tiny island off the coast of Tenby and make the famous Caldey Island perfume and chocolate.

The island can be visited from Easter to October (Mon-Fri, and Saturday's May-October).

Regular boat trips leave from Tenby Harbour. Return: £12 Adult & £6 Child.

There is also a medieval priory, lighthouse, post office/museum, gift shop and tea garden - as well as a glorious sandy beach, pleasant walks and spectacular views.
Tel: 01834 844453
E-mail: enquiries@caldey-island.co.uk
Book online or find more info - CALDEY ISLAND


There are many castles in this part of Wales and also many castle sites where little or nothing remains. Listed here are a few of the ones where there is something to see. Photos by Pembrokeshire CC unless otherwise stated.

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CAREW CASTLE

Carew Castle

 

This castle, which stands about four miles east of Pembroke, is a mixture of styles but parts date back to about 1300.

It was more of a fortified manor rather than a fortress and was never really fought over.

It was modified with mullioned windows in Tudor times.

Nearby is the restored tidal cornmill which is also well worth a visit.

Carew Cross is a highly decorated royal memorial from about the 11th century and is located near the castle entrance.

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CILGERRAN

Standing high above the tidal limit of the River Teifi just a couple of miles upstream from Cardigan, this castle holds an almost impregnable position. Built some time in the mid 13th century, it is now a picturesque ruin, so picturesque that it was chosen as a subject by famous painters such as Turner and Wilson. Now a National Trust property.

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HAVERFORDWEST

This 13th century castle was built at the lowest crossing point of the River Cleddau to guard the upper reaches of the haven. Can be viewed from outside.

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LLAWHADEN

Just off the A40, 8 miles east of Haverfordwest are the impressive ruins of this castle which dates mainly from the 14th century. Two centuries earlier, a wooden castle was built on the site to protect the estates of the Norman bishops of St David's. It stands on the "Landsker" an imaginary line marking the boundary between the Welsh to the North East and the Normans to the South West. Even today, most of the people living in the west are not Welsh speakers and the area is known as "Little England beyond Wales". The wooden castle was eventually replaced by the stone castle, the remains of which you see today. Admission charge.

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MANORBIER

Manorbier Castle

The flowers in summer make this a very pleasant castle to visit.

All that remains is the inner ward but that is quite impressive.

The castle is privately owned but open to the public from April to September.

Admission charge.


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NARBERTH

There is little of the castle left and what remains is privately owned. However, it can be viewed from the road.

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PICTON CASTLE

Built in the 13th Century by Sir John Wogan, his direct descendants still live in the Castle today, carrying the name of Philipps since the 15th Century. Awarded their Coat of Arms by Richard Coeur de Lion for their exploits during the Crusades, they were to oppose The King during the Civil War. In the 18th Century they figured prominently in the economic, educational and social life of the Principality. Today the Castle is still a home retaining its original medieval features in the undercroft. The principal rooms were remodelled during the 1750's by Sir John Phillipps the sixth Baronet, with fine plaster work and fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere. During the 1790's the first Lord Milford added a wing which includes the splendid dining room and drawing room. Signposted three miles East of Haverfordwest and two miles South of A40.

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ROCH

Roch Castle, 6 miles north-west of Haverfordwest has a single tower built in the 13th century, standing on a volcanic outcrop with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. No public admittance but easily viewed from the road.

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ANCIENT MONUMENTS

It is beyond the scope of this guide to give details of the area's rich archaeological heritage but no guide would be complete without some mention. The area has many stone-age burial chambers, some standing stones, and even stone circles (and remains of others). There are iron-age forts, many built on promontories around the coast and on the nearby islands. Ordnance Survey maps show details.

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Lamphey Bishops Palace

Lamphey, nr Pembroke, SA71 5PE
Tel: 01646 672224

Extensive remains of a grand medieval palace of the Bishop's of St Davids which has been sensitively renovated recently. A regular programme of events is held in the summer.

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Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

nr Newport, SA41 3TZ

Set in the heart of the Preseli Hills, where the 'Spotted Dolerite' came from which made the inner sanctum of Stonehenge. A fine example of a cromlech with a 15ton capstone intact. Dramatic against sunrise or sunset.

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St. Dogmael's Abbey

St. Dogmaels, SA43 3EB

Remains of a 12th century abbey built by Benedictine monks on the site of an earlier Celtic monastery.

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St. Govans Chapel

St. Govans Head, nr Bosherston, SA71 5DR

A tiny hermits cell built into the cliff at St Govan's near Bosherston. Count the steps down and up again - legend has it that the number is never the same!

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St. Nons

St. Davids, SA62 6BN

A holy well, retreat and shrine dedicated to the mother of St. David, situated on the south coast near St. Davids.

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Tenby Castle

Tenby, SA70 7BP

Overlooking the harbour. The now ruined castle and the well preserved town walls with their distinctive Five Arches formed William de Valences' defensive plan for Tenby. Now designated an ancient 'walled town'.

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