Castles to discover in the pleasing county of Pembrokeshire

By: keith lunt

Pembrokeshire in South Wales has a considerable number of castles, so it makes a fantastic holiday destination for those of you fascinated in history. Kids of all ages will love exploring the towers, staircases and passageways within these historic buildings. There are fifty one castles and forts in the county with the four main castles being Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle, Manorbier Castle and Llawhaden Castle.

Pembroke Castle is almost totally bordered by a tranquil mill pond and is oval in shape. It was considerably restored during Victorian times and features an imposing five storey domed keep. There is also a complicated gatehouse which dominates Pembroke’s main street.

Manorbier Castle’s basic plan is almost rectangular in shape. It has a battlemented curtain wall with niches and powerful corner towers. There is also an imposing gatehouse. The castle occupies a spectacular setting perched above the beach. It is well-known for being a fascinating castle with numerous staircases, towers and battlements to explore.

Carew Castle is an enormous stone castle set in a beautiful location next to a mill pond. A working tidal mill is next to the castle and you can go to see both attractions in the price of the ticket.

Llawhaden Castle is in fact a fortified bishop’s palace. It is situated on high ground overlooking The Vale of Eastern Cleddau and this makes for a very striking location! It is very castle like in appearance even though it was nothing more than a very majestic residence.

Narberth Castle was built in a rectangular design. Sadly, it is nothing more than a ruin today although there are some intriguing legends attached to it. It is thought that the site may at some point have been occupied by Mabinogion, a collection of myths and legends. It also makes a pleasant picnic spot as much of the area has been laid to grass.

The ruins of Haverfordwest Castle dominate this little town. Regrettably, even though it appears imposing from the riverside very little remains of this castle except the outside wall.

Picton Castle was constructed during the thirteenth century and occupies a wonderful site. It has magnificent woodland and walled gardens. In fact there is forty acres of woodland gardens with collections of unusual shrubs and wild flowers.

Only a little tower remains of Tenby Castle which is perched on the top of Castle Hill. The old town walls, however, are remarkably complete and contain the narrow, old-fashioned streets which make up the pretty old town of Tenby.

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Jane Lunt writes for Cottage Holidays where you can find an excellent choice of holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire.

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