Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts a wealth of wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Its stunning coastline offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. And whether you're a visitor or a resident, we want you to make the most of the fantastic outdoor opportunities on offer here.
The awe-inspiring fortress that is Pembroke Castle is located on a promontory between two estuaries of the Pembroke River in southwestern Wales. The castle's history dates back to William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.Pembroke Castle holds a special place in English history as the birthplace of Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII. The castle is currently held by a private trust, and is open year-round with tours available by prior arrangement. Special events such as falconry displays and Shakespearean plays are often presented. For further information, including opening times and admission fees. Click on the picture to visit www.pembroke-castle.co.uk. Written by Anita Grace Simpson.
Manor House Wildlife Park
This conservation-led zoo takes another giant leap forward as 2012 sees the arrival of two young fellas! Manor House has joined the breeding programme for the White rhino. The first rhino in Wales, the first test-tube rhino in the UK - they're coming over the bridge in May! Open all year and with four Zoonique Walkthroughs this Wonderful Wildlife Park offers 52 acres of organically packed fun. It's a place for all the family. Close encounters with animals from all over the world... REAL FUN, REAL FOOD, REAL EXPERIENCE. (Source www.visitpembrokeshire.com)
Stackpole and the Bosherton Lily Ponds
A network of footpaths connects the lake shores, the woods, the site of Stackpole Court and the beach at Broadhaven.A short (1-hour) circular route from Bosherston takes you around the Central and Western Arms. The Eastern Arm path connects Court Site, Eight-Arch Bridge and Broadhaven South Beach - this route is fully accessible. An easy walk around Bosherton's beautiful lily ponds, with options to explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind Broadhaven beach. The walk is mostly along even gravel paths with two narrow causeways. This walk is rich in wildlife all year round. (Source www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Often described as the jewel in the crown of Pembrokeshire’s beaches, Barafundle Bay is consistently voted the most beautiful beach in Britain – and you can see why. With clear water and soft golden sands fringed by dunes and wooded cliffs, its natural, unspoilt beauty provides the perfect tranquil retreat for visitors, perfect if you want to get away from it all. Barafundle can only be accessed by the cliff path followed by a steep walk down to the beach through grassy dunes. However, the walk is well worth the effort and there are some stunning views of the Pembrokeshire coastline.(Source www.walesinstyle.com)
Oakwood Theme Park
Oakwood Theme Park is a top ten UK theme park and with over 30 rides and attractions there’s something for everyone. Thrill seekers can brave Speed, our newest white knuckle ride and the UK’s first rollercoaster with a beyond vertical drop. Or why not try Megafobia, the award winning wooden coaster with character, you’ll get off laughing and be desperate for more. Not afraid of heights? Well, what about The Bounce, a 160ft Shot ‘n Drop Tower coaster which shoots riders into the air at speeds of 70 kph in less than two seconds. Or maybe you fancy cooling off on Hydro, the steepest and wettest ride in Europe! (Source www.oakwood-leisure.com)
Manorbier Castle Beach
With such a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach, families love to explore Manorbier Castle and bring a little bit of history to life. The impressive Great Hall, Chapel and Turrets are dotted with life size figures - see children of the Tudor period and some prisoners in the dungeon. Enjoy delicious light bites and refreshments in the stylish cafe. Locally made cakes and icecreams, freshly ground coffee, and soup. Before you leave, take a moment to sit in the walled gardens designed by Daphne Shackleton one of Irelands foremost plantswomen, and just soak up the wonderful atmosphere that time has passed by. (Source www.manorbiercastle.co.uk)
Fishguard is a major ferry link between Pembrokeshire and Rosslare in Ireland which boasts a new high-speed catamaran and excellent new terminal facilities. It has provided the setting for several films (including Moby Dick and Under Milkwood). It was also here that the last invasion of Britain took place in 1797 and the town houses a tapestry depicting scenes from the battle. The annual popular music festival held in July/August is a major visitor attraction. Also worth a visit is the new Ocean Lab in Fishguard.