Top Reasons to Visit Pembrokeshire

13 February, 2024

The UK is known for its breathtaking scenery of rolling hills, vast bodies of water, and exceptional coastlines. But, Pembrokeshire, a county in Wales, is a region that stands out from the rest with outstanding beaches and masses of heritage.

Perfect for a staycation, or even just a day trip, Pembrokeshire is the ideal family trip that’s only a few hours’ drive from places like Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester. Discover your inner knight at Pembrokeshire’s many castles, or soak up the sun on its white, sandy beaches – however you choose to spend your time here, there is plenty to do for all the family. 

With all this in mind, here are just some of the top reasons to visit Pembrokeshire.

Where is Pembrokeshire?

Located at the south-west tip of Wales, Pembrokeshire is a coastal county that is surrounded by the sea on three sides, bordered by St George’s Channel as well as Carmarthenshire to the east and Ceredigion to the northeast. Pembrokeshire’s landscape is beautifully varied, with hidden caves, vast hills and many beaches perfect for sunbathing.

With over 50 beaches and 186 miles of magnificent coastline, it stands on its own peninsula about an hour from other beauty spots in Wales such as Cardigan Bay. On a clear day amongst the Preseli Hills, you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland!

Why you should visit Pembrokeshire

With so many places of natural beauty and intrigue dotted around the country, you might be wondering why Pembrokeshire should get your vote for the next family trip. Here we break it down for you, from the incredible scenery to the historic towns.

Breath-taking scenery

We’ve already mentioned it a few times because it simply is impossible not to. Pembrokeshire is world-renowned for its stunning scenery, and you’ll be hard-pressed to visit anywhere in the area without stopping in your tracks to notice it.

Pembrokeshire is home to the UK’s only coastal national park, leading to naturally sculpted cliffs and truly unique landscapes. From secret coves, rugged cliffs and awe-inspiring vistas, you’ll find beauty at every turn. See if you can find the Green Bridge and its neighbouring Stack Rocks, which is a completely natural dramatic arch and pillars made from the limestone. The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, which is a former slate quarry, is a stunning spot for walkers, paddleboarders and swimmers alike.

If you’re looking for even more incredible views, you must visit the Preseli Mountains. Offering panoramic views across Wales and even Ireland, the hills rise up to 536 metres and are home to prehistoric remains, wild moorland and great array of plants.

Hop over to Skomer Island, home to the world’s largest breeding colony of Manx shearwater – a bird that is closely related to the wandering albatross. Between April and July, you might also spot a puffin or two! It’s one of the most important seabird sites in the south of the UK, home to other species like guillemots, razorbills and peregrines.

Fascinating heritage

Due to its coastal location, Pembrokeshire has evolved through the centuries thanks to waves of different invaders and settlers. Impacted by the Norman Conquest, Celtic rulers and important religious figures, Pembrokeshire has developed a colourful history over the years.

In particular, it was thought that St David lived in Pembrokeshire, who as you probably know became the patron saint of Wales. You can visit the former site of his shrine at St David’s Cathedral in St Davids, which is the smallest city in Britain.

Pembroke Castle holds particular historical significance due to it being the birthplace of Henry VII, father of Henry VIII, and usurper to the English throne who founded a dynasty that spanned 118 years and changed the course of world history.

Thrill-seeking activities

It’s not just serenity on offer in Pembrokeshire, there’s also plenty of things to do to get your adrenaline pumping!

Surfing is a popular sport in Pembrokeshire as well as coasteering and cliff-climbing. Pembrokeshire’s excellent coastline lends itself well to a wide variety of coastal sports that you can take part in during your visit.

If you’re not a fan of extreme seaside sports, our very own Oakwood Theme Park also resides in Pembrokeshire, Wales’ biggest theme park. With fantastic rides such as Megafobia and Speed, there’s plenty to keep every thrill seeker and family member happy.

Interesting towns

Pembrokeshire has an array of beautiful towns throughout it, with the unique coastal landscape leading to many hidden gem towns all through the county. Many of the area’s towns are beautiful market and seaside towns with friendly and creative communities.

In particular, Tenby is known for being a popular seaside destination. During the Georgian era, there was a great boom in tourism which saw Tenby become an incredibly well-loved staycation destination. Surrounded by some of the best preserved medieval walls in the country, it’s also home to great beaches and Victorian architecture.

Moving inland, you can find towns such as Narberth, a gorgeous market town that is also rich with history dating back to the Norman conquest. Narberth is home to colourful Edwardian and Georgian buildings, and has become known for being a shopping haven. You’ll find plenty of independent shops and crafts here, including fine art, jewellery, pottery and more.

Where to stay in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is home to an eclectic array of accommodation, so whoever you’re travelling with and whatever the purpose of your trip, you’ll find something to suit your party. From homely and welcoming B&Bs to charming hotels that used to be castles and windmills, it’s easy to feel like one of the locals here.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two, check out Trefloyne Manor in Tenby which is home to its own 18-hole golf course, spa and AA Rosette award-winning restaurant. Got the kids in tow? You’ll be spoilt for choice, as many of the accommodation options in Pembrokeshire are both child and dog-friendly – like the Grove of Narberth, home to both rooms and cottages in the grounds.

If you’re hoping for easy-going self-catering options, Pembrokeshire is home to a wealth of holiday homes, beach retreats and cosy cabins.

Addo – make your promise

Addo means ‘promise’ in Welsh, and you’re encouraged to care for Wales each and every time you visit. You can make your promise to do this by following these principles:

  • I promise I’ll embrace new experiences – including the likes of the culture, the language and other traditions that set Wales apart.
  • I promise I’ll enjoy the best that Wales has to offer – this can include supporting local businesses and buying Welsh produce.
  • I promise I’ll be a thoughtful visitor – this can include the likes of planning ahead, finding quieter times to explore more places, and preparing adequately for adventure in any weather.

It’s also important to make a promise to look after your surroundings, by leaving no trace behind, and caring for the countryside by leaving everything as you found it. You can make your pledge or learn more about your Addo to Wales here.

We hope you’ll agree that there is far more than meets the eye when it comes to the area of Pembrokeshire, with luscious landscapes as well as thrill-seeking activities available across the entire county.

If you find yourself in Pembrokeshire, don’t hesitate to pay Oakwood Theme Park a visit. You can book tickets here.