The Beautiful Town of Pembroke & Pembrokeshire

Pembroke & The Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales

Pembroke

Pembroke is the former county town of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. The medieval Pembroke Castle was the birthplace of Henry Tudor, later King Henry VII of England and is a popular tourist attraction. The ferry port of Pembroke Dock was established in 1814 but is not part of Pembroke, but rather a separate entity lying three miles to the north.

The town, its castle and surroundings have links with the early Christian church including nearby Monkton Priory. It’s first stone building was a defensive tower, now known as the Medieval Chapel. This was built on a cliff edge around 950-1000 AD.

The town features several historic buildings as well as being one of the major population centres in the county.

Maritime Relics

To the west of Pembroke castle there are the remains of Medieval and Elizabethan slipways where wooden vessels were built. These remains at The North Shore Quarries were created centuries before the industrial dockyard and admiralty town was built at Pembroke Dock.

There was an early submarine base at Pennar Flats which was used for submarine warfare practice. Three of the houses from this original shipyard (on the old foreshore) pre-date the Admiralty Dock Yard. There is also an early graving (dry) dock in the old Hancock’s Yard. The bridge which crosses and holds the millpond was constructed to house a tide mill. This was originally granted to the Knight’s Templars in 1199, but burnt down in 1956.
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Skrinkle Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire
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Pembroke Castle

The Pembrokeshire National Park

The Pembrokeshire National Park was established in 1952 and is one of three National Parks in Wales, alongside the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. It is unique in the United Kingdom being designated primarily due to its spectacular coastline.

The park’s varied landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, woodland, estuaries and hills, covers an area of 243 square miles. There are four areas of the park; the South Pembrokeshire coast (which includes Caldey Island), the Daugleddau Estuary, the St Bride’s Bay coast (including the islands) and the Preseli Hills. There are also forests and marshes on the edges of the park.

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