Local Area and Activities in Pembrokeshire, Wales
Places to visit in Pembrokeshire whilst staying at Poyerston Farm
We are ideally situated for exploring the splendour of the only Coastal National Park in Britain with its award winning beaches and rugged coastline. The spectacular coastal path is just a few miles from Poyerston.
Tenby is Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort, and its beaches reflect this. They provide plenty of facilities, are winners of various environmental awards, and are often crowded especially during the main holiday periods. North Beach consists of a sweep of golden sand, with occasional rocks, including the prominent Goscar Rock, dotting the beach. The harbour and castle are at the southern end of the beach which is well sheltered from the prevailing winds. Access to the beach is good, but parking close to North Beach especially during peak times can be difficult.
Saundersfoot is a large, south east facing beach of golden sand and is one of the most popular stretches of coastline in Pembrokeshire. Bathing here is generally safe, and Saundersfoot is very popular with families. Being a lively tourist beach, all the expected amenities can be found close to the beach, including shops, cafes and ice cream parlours. There is disabled access to the beach, with disabled toilet facilities nearby. Dog restrictions are in place between 1 May and 30 September, and lifeguards are on duty from the end of June to the end of September.
Barafundle Bay is a beautiful bay of golden sands and turquoise blue waters and with it being east facing and well sheltered from the prevailing winds, it is an ideal hideaway spot. To find Barafundle Bay, turn off from the minor road between Stackpole and Freshwater East where a lane leads to a car park at Stackpole Quay. There are toilets and a cafe at the car park. The beach itself is a 1 km walk along the Coast Path and there is a steep descent from the path down to the beach.
Bosherston Lily Ponds
Bosherston Lily Ponds are located on the south east side of the Castlemartin and has become famous for its lily ponds. In the 18th – 19th centre they were formed by the Cawdor Family who owned the Stackpole Estate at that time, by blocking up three narrow limestone valleys. They are now protected as a nature reserve and have been well noted for their wildlife namely, otters, waterfowl and water lilies. Excellent for fishing the ponds are stocked with coarse fish, particularly pike and tench, with roach, perch and eels also present. Fishing is by permit only.
Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain’s Holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times – www.caldey-island.co.uk.
Amroth is a charming coastal village where time seems to have stood still. The beach is punctuated by a series of groynes that help protect the village from winter storms and rough seas. This beach and village mark the easterly end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which winds its way for 186 miles past all the coves, beaches and cliffs.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
There are a selection of over 200 circular walks, ranging from a one hour stroll to an invigorating 9 miles (15km) cross-country hike. Also listed are a selection of short walks, gentle strolls, and wheelchair and easy access walks.
Colby Woodland Gardens
Colby Woodland Gardens is set in a hidden valley and is a charming garden with stunning displays of daffodils and bluebells in spring and one of the best collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in Wales, including magnificent summer hydrangeas. Gentle strolls and extensive walks lead through the estate, with plenty of seats enroute for the less energetic. There is much of interest for gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Oakwood Leisure Park
Oakwood Leisure Park is one of the UK’s top ten theme parks and one of Wales’ largest tourist attractions with over 400,000 visitors each year. Boasting over 40 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone, which includes the world-class white knuckle ride, Hydro, Europe’s fastest and wettest water coaster, Megafobia, the acclaimed wooden rollercoaster; Vertigo, a 50m sky coaster and The Bounce, the UK’s only shot and drop tower coaster. With rides for all the family you can be sure of a great day out – whatever the weather. www.oakwood-leisure.co.uk.
Folly Farm is situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire and is one of the largest family attractions in Pembrokeshire and offers a host of fun activities from hundreds of friendly animals, an amazing vintage funfair, exotic children’s zoo, shows, entertainment, refreshments and more. www.folly-farm.co.uk.
Blue Lagoon – Bluestone
Blue Lagoon is a place where carefree summers and cold winter nights come alive with breathtaking rides, rapid rivers and flumes, relaxing pools and special places
just for children. It‘s a fun-filled, sub-tropical water park that guarantees thrilling aqua-adventures.
Heatherton Leisure Park
Heatherton Leisure Park is an amazing day out for all the family. Located near Tenby, Pembrokeshire it features many activities, attractions and sports. www.heatherton.co.uk.
St Davids Cathedral
St David’s Cathedral is well worth a visit and the coastal road approach offers panoramic views of St Bride’s Bay (another saint!). The cathedral dates back to before 589AD when St David (our patron saint in Wales) died having founded a monastery on the current site of the cathedral. You will see that the site is intentionally low-lying, this is to offer some protection from being seen from the sea by marauding Vikings! From 645-1097, it was attacked and destroyed many times, indeed Bishop Moregenau was killed by Vikings in 999AD and Bishop Abraham was similarly killed in 1080.
Carew Castle and Mill is justly celebrated as one of the most magnificent castles of South Wales. Its position is low-lying, but still prominent in the flat land around the tidal reaches of the Carew River. The castle stands at the end of a ridge at a strategically excellent site commanding a crossing point of the still navigable river.
Pembroke Castle is situated within minutes of beaches and the breathtaking scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This mighty fortress is the birthplace of Henry VII, father to the infamous Henry VIII and grandfather to Elizabeth I. Explore from the top of the lofty towers to the cavern deep beneath. A fascinating castle to visit with stunning exhibitions relating to the castle’s history, that will captivate all ages. Enjoy a picnic in the beautifully kept grounds, or on the roof of St. Anne’s Bastion and take in the views along the estuary. A visit to Pembroke Castle is not complete without a stroll around its tranquil waterway setting, and then on into the medieval walled town of Pembroke with its old buildings many of them housing, restaurants and speciality shops. Events are held every weekend throughout the summer months – for more information see www.pembrokecastle.co.uk.
Upton Castle and Gardens
Mr Stanley Neal bought Upton Castle in the 1920s and was responsible for the laying out of the formal gardens and terraces and the planting of the Arboretum. It is thanks to him that we have the mature gardens that we see today.
At Upton there are several gardens within a garden which in all extends to about 35 acres.