Pembrokeshire

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About Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is wild and beautiful, with a dramatic coastline created by glaciers and spiked with limestone stacks. This rugged nature alternates with peaceful, sandy coves, behind which are charming ports and some wonderfully atmospheric castles. Some of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire can be found in these pretty ports, and some even in the castles.

Pembrokeshire’s coast is so beautiful that it’s had national park status bestowed upon it; the park covers about a third of the county, including the whole 299km stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and the Preseli Hills, an area of high moorland, largely used for sheep farming, but also the location of some important prehistoric sites.

Pembrokeshire’s beaches are often award winning, and they make a fantastic backdrop for walking, surfing, sailing, sea-kayaking or simply admiring the marine life. Pembrokeshire also has a number of charming little islands off the coast. And a quite an impressive number of shipwrecks - including a famous Viking wreck, which is just off The Smalls.

The interior is wild and beautiful too, with a number of impressive pre-Celtic and Celtic sites as well as the castles. Then there's charming St. Davids - which is the UK’s smallest city, but a fairly special one -closely associated with Wales’ patron saint, and home to his spectacular cathedral.

Pembroke was the founding town, and has a number of historic buildings and Pembroke Castle, where Henry Tudor (who became Henry VII) was born. Tenby is a popular centre too, with its medieval walls and elegant seaside; Fishguard is where you catch the ferry to Ireland from.

What not to Miss

  • The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with its cliffs and beaches and views and islands, and marshes and forests. It includes the beautiful and historic Preseli Hills, the Daugleddau estuary, St. Bride’s Bay and Caldey Island. Expect to be frequently surprised and impressed by what nature is capable of.
  • The Preseli Hills get a second mention, because this is where you’ll find the impressive neolithic burial site, Pentre Ifan, which is around 5500 years old, with a vast, five metre long capstone atop three upright stones - which look just like those of Stonehenge.
  • Charming St. Davids is the UK’s smallest city, but it has a cathedral - and what a magnificent, 12th century cathedral - so it qualifies. Wales’ patron saint was both born and buried here and it’s been a place of pilgrimage for 1500 years.
  • Pretty pastel, seaside Tenby with its Georgian mansions and Norman-built walls.
  • Pembroke Castle - home to the Earls of Pembroke for almost 400 years and where Henry Tudor was born. You can walk on the walls all the way from tower to tower, and there are some very colourful exhibits telling the castle’s story.
  • St. Bride’s Bay with its wildlife rich islands of Skomer, Grassholm and Skokholm. If you want to see puffins, guillemots and Manx shearwaters, then this is the place to come. Skomer also has a grey seal population.
  • Castell Henllys, a reconstructed Celtic village, built on its own skeleton, is a wonderful place to experience history, with costumed folk bringing the whole place to life and performing traditional crafts etc.. It was excavated and reconstructed over the course of 27 years by archaeological students from all over the world, and supervised by the University of York.

Don't forget that if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Pembrokeshire during the peak summer months, you'll need to get organised and book well ahead. This is a very popular region!

The Best Places to Stay in Pembrokeshire

For Something Special

  • Roch Castle Hotel was built in the 12th century. And from the outside it still looks like a castle. But inside it’s sleek and stylish, with six very comfortable rooms. Adults only, sorry. But if you’re spending your time visiting castles it would be pretty special to stay in one.

For a Country Retreat

  • Set in 600 acres of its own farmland, right up against the Pembrokeshire coast, Crug-Glas is a luxurious, seven room boutique hotel with stunning views and a fantastic family-run restaurant.
  • Jabajack is a restaurant with eight rooms, set on its own vineyard. The unique restaurant is spread throughout the farm, with four different locations - it sounds inconvenient, but it’s certainly worth a visit even if you don’t stay overnight.
  • The Stackpole Inn is a delightful country inn with just four rooms and a restaurant serving some of the best food for miles around. The decor is elegant but simple and the rooms start from just £90 per night.

Great Places to Stay in Medieval Tenby

  • Penally Abbey is a Victorian beauty turned 11 room, family-friendly boutique hotel. The views over the beach and the water are wonderful, and the rooms and suites have been recently refurbished in a classically luxurious style, taking advantage of plenty of original features. The restaurant is well-regarded too.
  • The Broadmead is a 15 room, boutique B&B on the outskirts of town. Surrounded by pretty gardens and rural views, this is a charming spot from which to explore the region. The rooms have been individually styled, with nice original features and luxurious bathrooms.
  • Close to the coast, Trefloyne Manor is a lovely, country hotel with 12 elegant rooms and beautiful views from private balconies. Here you’re well located for walking trails along the scenic Pembrokeshire coast. Rooms start from around £110 per night.

A Coastal Jaunt in Saundersfoot

  • St Brides Spa Hotel overlooks Saundersfoot Harbour, and its great Cliff Restaurant is known for serving up fish fresh off the boat. There are 34 rooms, with simple, neutral tones and modern furnishings. This is a great spot for exploring the coast.
  • If you’re looking for somewhere quiet and relatively secluded, then Stoney Bridge, a luxurious, four room B&B converted from a large house, might be perfect for you. There’s plenty of light and indulgent bathrooms - ideal if you’re planning a lot of walking.

Or see the wild coast by St. Davids?

  • Overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast, the Twr Y Felin Hotel is a chic, contemporary hotel cleverly converted from a 19th century-built windmill. The decor is quite sleek and metallic, and the art is modern, making this a stylishly modern coastal retreat. With 21 rooms.
  • The Penrhiw Hotel has been converted from a 19th century-built vicarage just outside St. Davids. There are just seven stylish rooms, and a five star level of service.

Narberth: Great for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

  • The Grove, Narberth is a grand old Welsh farmhouse, beautifully restored and converted into a 12 room hotel. There are great views and the location is excellent.
  • The Plas Farmhouse B&B is an historic farmhouse on the outskirts of Narberth overlooking a beautiful, rural scene. There are just three simply dressed rooms, which are light and comfortable, with crisp, white linen and cast iron beds. Close to town and country.

For Families

  • Canaston Oaks is a collection of seven comfortably converted farm stables, with all the mod. cons. and great local facilities. It’s peaceful and has plenty of charm too.

For Great Value

  • 32 Townhouse in Narberth, is a charming hotel with just eight plush rooms, plus an excellent restaurant and atmospheric bar. The location is excellent and rooms start from around £85 per night.
  • St. Katharine’s House is a charming, B&B with just two bedrooms, in the small but pretty coastal town of Milford Haven. The decor is traditional, with patterned wallpaper, large windows, antiques and open fireplaces.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private property we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Pembrokeshire doesn’t have a big airport, it has a small one, Haverfordwest, which has very limited connections. So, if you’re flying, aim to come to Cardiff Airport. Pembrokeshire doesn’t even have a motorway, and is served in a rather limited capacity by rail, with lines running to Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Fishguard. You might also consider arriving by ferry into Fishguard or Pembroke.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car (which is the best option if you really want to explore this area) we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • Most visitors come to Pembrokeshire for the summer, which is sunnier and warm-ish, with temperatures in July and August hitting 19 or 20°C most days.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Pembrokeshire

  • Plas Farmhouse B&B Narberth 3 rooms from £80

    A historic farmhouse located on the outskirts of Narberth overlooking beautiful countryside. Simply dressed rooms are light and comfortable with white-washed walls, crisp white linen and cast iron beds. Offering the best of both worlds with access to the charming town and pretty countryside.

    Country Escape  -  A charming country house surrounded by stunning countryside.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks throungh the pretty Preseli Hills.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby ruins of Llawhaden Castle.
    Restrictions on children  -  Not suitable for young children
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  • 32 Townhouse Narberth 8 rooms from £85

    Charming hotel in the South Wales village of Narbeth. 32 Townhouse features plush rooms, an excellent restaurant and an atmospheric bar. History lovers will enjoy visiting the regions glut of castles.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Welsh castle trail at nearby Llawhaden Castle, Narberth Castle and Wiston Castle.
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding countryside.
    Local markets  -  Visit the nearby No.47 Boutique.
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  • St Katharine's House Pembrokeshire 2 rooms from £90

    A charming two bedroom B&B in the small coastal town of Milford Haven. Traditionally dressed rooms feature antique furniture, patterned wallpaper, open fireplaces and large windows. Indulgent breakfasts are served and the property is ideally located for exploring the surrounding countryside.

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil spot with acess to one of the most inspiring coastal national parks.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the rugged and picturesque coastline.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to visit the picturesque St David's Cathedral.
    Birdwatching  -  Spot numerous birds at Bosherston lily ponds.
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  • The Stackpole Inn Pembroke, Pembrokeshire 4 rooms from £90

    With delightful rooms and some of the best food for miles around served in the restaurant, The Stackpole Inn is a superb small hotel. With four elegant rooms, it's a great option for families looking to explore Pembrokeshire.

    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking routes can be found close by, coastal and rural.
    Birdwatching  -  The Pembrokeshire coast is home to an abundant bird population.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Pembroke Castle, only three miles from the inn.
    Full of character
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  • Cnapan Guesthouse Pembrokeshire 5 rooms from £90

    A charming guesthouse located in the pretty coastal village of Newport Pembrokeshire. Five simply styled rooms feature sink-into beds, crisp white linen and lovely rural views. Featuring a cosy fire-lit lounge and a beautifully manicured garden. A quintessentially British stay.

    Active Holiday  -  There are a number of outdoor pursuits on offer locally
    Local exploring
    Great walks  -  Wander along the sandy beach at sunset and take in the gorgeous views
    Fishing  -  Find a quiet spot along the coast and enjoy an afternoon out fishing
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Acorn Farm B&B Pembrokeshire 2 rooms from £91

    A charming farmhouse set in acres of beautiful farm and woodlands. The two rooms are simply dressed with oak or pine furniture, white washed walls, and pastel hues. Indulgent farmhouse breakfasts are served using all local produce. A tranquil spot to explore the region from.

    Country Escape  -  A tranquil retreat set in 75 acres of picturesque rolling green pasture and mature oak woodlands.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful old Carew Castle dating back to 1270 AD.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque Preseli Mountains.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 16 are welcome
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  • Canaston Oaks Narberth (Pembrokeshire) 10 rooms from £109

    A converted farmhouse boasting a spectacular setting in the pretty Pembrokeshire countryside. Chic, comfortable rooms are white-washed with cast iron beds, crisp white linen and contemporary bathrooms. The perfect spot for a walking holiday or to just simply unwind.

    Active Holiday  -  With the coastline and Preseli mountains nearby there's plenty of outdoor activities around.
    Great walks  -  Discover beautiful walks starting straight from the property.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a guided tour of nearby Carew Castle.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • The Broadmead Tenby 15 rooms from £110

    A boutique B&B on the outskirts of pretty Tenby and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. Individually styled rooms are just the right balance of traditional and contemporary with feature wallpaper, indulgent bathrooms and exposed beams. A charming spot from which to explore the region.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located on the outskirts of Tenby to explore the historic town and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
    Great walks  -  Discover the magnificent bays and spectacular headlands of the only coastal National Park in Britain.
    Sights nearby  -  Pembrokeshire has six impressive castles to visit.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Billycan Tenby 5 rooms from £110

    A chic restaurant and small hotel located in the picturesque coastal town of Tenby. Beautifully designed rooms feature pine wood panelling, simple modern furniture and luxurious bathrooms. Hearty pub classics are served in the restaurant alongside a choice selection of ales.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of historic Tenby and within easy reach of all the main attractions.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat ride to the holy island of Caldey, an oasis of calm.
    Fishing  -  Embark on mackerel fishing trip starting from Tenby's harbour.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along Pembrokeshire's famed coastline.
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  • Trefloyne Manor Tenby 12 rooms from £110

    A lovely country hotel, set on the Pembrokeshire coast. The rooms are elegant and spacious with tasteful furnishings and excellent balcony views. In the summer, delicious home cooked food can be enjoyed on the veranda. Explore the beautiful surrounding National Park or go for a round of golf.

    Business meetings  -  With excellent conference facilities and a business centre, it's perfect for a business trip in the Welsh countryside.
    Country Escape  -  A cosy and enchanting spot from which to explore the south Pembrokeshire coast.
    Sights nearby  -  This is castle country with Tenby Castle, Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle all closeby.
    Great walks  -  Excellent walking in the surrounding Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Stoney Bridge Saundersfoot 4 rooms from £115

    A luxury B&B located in a secluded spot in the pretty Pembrokeshire countryside. A handful of coastal inspired rooms are chic and contemporary with white-washed walls, plenty of light and indulgent bathrooms. A tranquil, adult only, property ideal for exploring the region.

    Country Escape  -  A quiet spot ideal for exploring the local countryside and coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover any of Pembrokeshire's six impressive castles.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the famous coastal path.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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  • Jabajack Whitland, Pembrokeshire 8 rooms from £117

    A restaurant with rooms set within its own vineyard in a picturesque part of Wales. Simply styled rooms benefit from plenty of natural light, soft hues and dark wooden furniture. The unique restaurant spans four venues across the farm and is worthy of a visit alone.

    Foodies  -  Sample local Welsh produce in the restaurant boasting four unique destinations for dining.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the pristine countryside and along the picturesque coastal path.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Laugharne house, the inspirational home of Dylan Thomas.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Hammet House Cardigan, Pembrokeshire 14 rooms from £120

    Luxury boltholt with great food close to Cardigan

    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Penrhiw Hotel St Davids (Haverfordwest) 7 rooms from £129

    Excellent luxury hotel set in a 19th century vicarage just outside St. Davids. The stylish rooms are comfortable and spacious with fashionable furnishings and artwork. Perfect for people who are interested in exploring the Pembrokeshire coast with its stunning cliffs, wildlife and beaches.

    Birdwatching  -  Nearby Ramsay Island is great for watching seabirds.
    Great walks  -  Stunning walks around the St David's Peninsula.
    Sights nearby  -  Three miles from Roch Castle.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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  • Canaston Oaks Pembrokeshire 7 rooms from £132

    Set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, Canaston Oaks has a collection of converted traditional farm stables. Each room has a flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom, an iPod docking station, and free Wi-Fi. Plenty of good walks and the charming local town of Narbeth is just 3 miles away.

    Sights nearby  -  13-mile hill range is dotted with its own prehistoric sites and enlivened by craggy outcrops.
    Local markets  -  Visit a range of great food shops on the high street of Narberth
    Other Activities  -  On the doorstep of Oakwood Theme Park
    Learning  -  Visit the local Caffle brewery
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Grove, Narberth Narberth (Molleston) 12 rooms from £150

    Family friendly grand Welsh farmhouse, beautifully restored with excellent food, located just outside Narberth with its wide range of boutiques and galleries.

    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Ideally placed to explore the Pembrokeshire coast.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Crug-Glas St Davids (Pembrokeshire) 7 rooms from £150

    A gorgeous country retreat, set in 600 acres of farmland on the Pembrokeshire coast. The luxurious 7 room boutique hotel boasts stunning views and fantastic home cooking in the family run restaurant. A gem for short stays, weddings and private parties.

    Great walks  -  The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the only section of coastline in the UK to be designated a National Park.
    Birdwatching  -  Local walking routes weave along a rich marine haven for off-shore birds.
    Cycling  -  The 100-mile Tour of Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a must-do event.
    Wildlife Area  -  Pembrokeshire coast home to seals, birds, porpoises and dolphins.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Penally Abbey Tenby (West Wales) 11 rooms from £160

    18th Century Victorian home turned family-friendly boutique hotel with glorious views over Tenby's South beach. Having undergone an extensive refurb, rooms and suites are beautiful; classic luxury and elegance with plenty of original features. Fine dining offers the best of local produce.

    Full of character  -  The property has many original features including hand carved fireplaces, gothic style windows and much more
    Local markets  -  Wander the medieval streets of Tenby and find hidden local treasures in antique and craft stores.
    Fishing  -  Book a sea fishing trip from one of the many boats in Tenby Harbour.
    Great walks  -  Discover the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path come rain or shine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors
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  • Llys Meddyg 'Doctor's Court' Pembrokeshire 9 rooms from £160

    Artistic, family-run restaurant with rooms situated on the Nevern estuary in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With miles of coastline to explore you'll be glad of the comfy beds and locally sourced, beautifully cooked cuisine. Simple and effective.

    Foodies  -  The hotel offers a whole range of foraging and hunting courses, teaching you to find your own food and cook it.
    Local markets  -  See work in progress and browse the beautiful merchandise at the Melin Trewynt (Woollen Mill) and Blueberry Angoras.
    Cooking classes  -  Forage and feast courses, looking for and cooking the wild food of the Pembrokeshire countryside and seashore.
    Great walks  -  There are numerous walks along the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, just ask your hosts to advise you.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • St Brides Spa Hotel Saundersfoot 34 rooms from £165

    A charming spa hotel overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour. The simple and chic rooms are come with modern furnishings and neutral tones. The Cliff Restaurant serves up fresh fish straight off the boat and local farm produce. Miles of beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to explore.

    Spa
    Great walks  -  The 186 mile Pembrokeshire coast is ideal for walking, with golden sands backed by towering cliffs teeming with wildlife.
    Sights nearby  -  Pembroke Castle, Oakwood and Heatherton are all within range.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated spa pool.
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  • Roch Castle Hotel Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire 6 rooms from £170

    Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the coast, the 12th century Roch Castle boasts sleek and stylish accommodation with en suite facilities. Spend your days on the beach before enjoying lovely dinners at the sister hotel. It's adults only, so an ideal spot for a romantic getaway.

    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to check out Carew Castle, Manorbier Castle, Haverfordwest Castle and St David's Cathedral
    Great walks  -  Enjoy long relaxing walks along the coast and marvel at the stunning sea views
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Twr y Felin Hotel St Davids (Tyddewi) 21 rooms from £210

    A wonderful hotel overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast. Set in a restored 19th century windmill, the hotel's design is chic and contemporary. The rooms are sleek and urbane with metallic colour schemes. Local and international modern art pervades throughout this stylish coastal retreat.

    Honeymoons  -  This elegant and extraordinary hotel boasts a two floored circular windmill suite- perfect for a honeymoon to remember.
    Birdwatching  -  Make the most of the great sea birdwatching along the Pembrokeshire coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Roch Castle is only four miles away and well worth checking out.
    Great walks  -  There are ample walks along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.
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