Castles to discover in the scenic county of Pembrokeshire

By: keith lunt

Pembrokeshire in South Wales has a noteworthy number of castles, so it makes a great holiday destination for those of you fascinated in history. Children of all ages will love exploring the towers, staircases and passageways inside 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 surrounded by a tranquil mill pond and is oval in shape. It was significantly restored during Victorian times and features an imposing five storey domed keep. There is also a complex gatehouse which dominates Pembroke’s main street.

Manorbier Castle’s fundamental plan is almost rectangular in shape. It has a battlemented curtain wall with niches and powerful corner towers. There is also an impressive 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 investigate.

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

Llawhaden Castle is actually a fortified bishop’s palace. It is situated on high ground overlooking The Vale of Eastern Cleddau and this makes for a very impressive 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. Regrettably, it is nothing more than a ruin today although there are some fascinating 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 good picnic spot as much of the area has been laid to grass.

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

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

Only a small tower remains of Tenby Castle which is perched on the top of Castle Hill. The old town walls, however, are extraordinarily complete and hold the narrow, charming streets which make up the pretty old town of Tenby.

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Jane Lunt writes for Holiday Cottages in Wales where you can find an excellent choice of holiday cottages in Wales.

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