History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Edward I and Queen Eleanor stayed here on a pilgrimage to St Davids in 1283. The Queen was so struck by the castle that she purchased it and paid some £400 for improvements to the fortifications. Welsh insurgents tried once more to take Haverfordwest in Owain Glyndwr's ill-fated 1405 rising, and once again the castle defenders held out.
The castle remained a crown possession until the Civil War. It was taken and retaken several times before eventually falling into Parliamentary control. Cromwell ordered the castle slighted, and it never again served a useful military purpose. That was not the end of its life, however. The castle was converted to a prison in the 19th century. Several of the prison buildings were later converted to serve as the county archives office and the town museum. Other ruins are two round towers, a chapel, a hall, and a dungeon. The castle is now little more than a scant shell, though it seems very impressive when viewed from below.
It is a short stroll from the castle to the wonderful medieval parish church of St Mary's.
About Haverfordwest Castle
Address: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA61 2EF
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: In the centre of Haverfordwest (A40/A4076) on an 80ft high hilltop above the River Cleddau. Riverside car park is almost directly below the castle.
Website: Haverfordwest Castle
OS: SM953 157
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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