There are two major
attractions here - a beautiful sandy cove
popular with surfers and families alike, and a
very well preserved medieval castle standing
sentinel over the bay.
The castle, 12th century in origin, is complete to its battlements. It was never attacked by the rebellious Welsh or decried by Cromwell's force, and over a period of 250 years the de Barri family developed it as a fortified baronial home rather than a fortress.
Gerald de Barri, born at Manorbier castle in 1146, is the village's most famous son. A distinguished medieval writer and man of many talents, he was known as Gerald of Wales. Several of his works are still in print today. Gerald was not the only writer to find inspiration in Manorbier: George Bernard Shaw spent several months here and Virginia Woolf was a regular summer visitor.