Virtual Tour of Wales - Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire's coastal scenery makes it one of the most popular areas of Wales. Walkers flock to the 180 mile (290 km) long Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The Path traverses a variety of terrain-dramatic clifftops, isolated sandy beaches, spectacular seascapes and wide-open views. The entire route includes 35,000 feet (10,668 metres) of ascent and descent, quite a challenge for even the most experienced walkers.
Castle ruins and ancient burial sites offer fascinating historical architecture. Small villages and seaside towns dot the dramatic landscape. Many of the sheltered bays and inlets were once home to pirates, smugglers and ship wreckers.
The Preseli Hills section of the National Park provides far reaching views across to the sea. This area of high bleak hills was once the home of the ancient Celts. Today it is dotted with isolated farms and grazing sheep. One of the most spectacular megalithic monuments in the UK, Pentre Ifan, dominates a hilltop.
The offshore island of Skomer, a national nature reserve, offers sanctuary for birds.
From Tenby take a boat to Caldey Island, home to monks for over a thousand years. Although the Benedictine monastery is closed to visitors, you can walk around the island and view a film on the abbey and visit the Parish Church of St David's. The ruins of an old church lie on the road to the lighthouse. There's a large "village" green with an assortment of shops. The beach is safe for swimming.
Carew Castle, set beside the tidal flats near Milford Haven has extensive and scenic ruins. It was the site of the last medieval tournament in Wales.
The busy town of Pembroke boasts a large castle, medieval town walls, and the Museum of the Home, a privately run museum across from the castle. Over 3000 fascinating historical items are on display, including medieval lovespoons. Pembroke Castle was built by Roger de Montgomery in 1093 and rebuilt by the Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal, in 1189-1219. Its large stone keep dominates the skyline. There are interesting displays on the history of the castle and the times in some of the rooms. After the town's surrender to Oliver Cromwell, the townspeople plundered the castle's stones to rebuild their own houses.
The lively hillside town of St David's is famous for its ruined Bishop's Palace, with ornate arcaded parapet, and St David's Cathedral, considered Wales finest church.
Follow a twisty, narrow country road to Strumble Head's rocky coastline, with its lighthouse that provides unrivaled views over the water.