Pembrokeshire tourist information & travel guide
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Pembrokeshire tourist guide
The rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches make the a must see place for any visitor on holiday in Wales. If you want to rent a holiday cottage near the Pembrokeshire National Park then there is a great choice of inthis part of Wales. The Pembrokeshire National Park encompasses nearly all of the 180-miles of coastline and the offshore islands in this part of Wales, and is a haven for wildlife. There is a wealth of activities for the holiday visitor with pony-trekking, cycling, rock-climbing, walking, surfing, scuba diving, beach fishing, windsurfing, canoeing, and cultural tourism on offer within its boundaries. Boat trips are available from Dale, which take you around the islands and you can see the colonies of sea-birds, grey seals and porpoises, with Skomer being the largest island with over half a million breeding pairs of birds on this island alone. Or better still; try sea kayaking, where you get the best view without the noise of the boat engine to disturb the tranquillity of place.
The city of St David's is the holiest place in Wales and is the smallest city in Britain with a population of only 1800. The cathedral in its heart is hidden from prying eyes, lying as it does in a hollow, and you are almost on top of it before you realise it is there. This is due to the fact that the original monastery was trying, and failing, to avoid discovery by marauding Vikings, and the present building was raised on the same site. The interior has a rather drunken appearance due to an earthquake in 1248, so the floor slopes and the pillars lean. However, the woodcarving is excellent, and the choir is illuminated from the tower above. Holiday cottages near St David's offer a great choice of self-catering in this lovely part of Wales.
The main town in this region of Wales is , and there are lots of holiday houses to rent and pretty cottages to hire near Haverfordwest. However, to the southwest of Haverfordwest is the huge country house of Picton Castle, and its gardens and parkland. The castle, now a grand mansion, has been lived in by the same family for over 500 years and they still run the estate today. The gardens have recently acquired a maze, which adds to the charm and attraction of this house.
Medieval Pembroke was an important town, and the launch point for the many invasions of Ireland that went on during that period. This importance is amply demonstrated in the vast 12th century castle, the scale of which can be demonstrated by the fact that Harlech would fit into its courtyard. There are 100 steps up the spiral staircase to the top of the Keep, and from there the views are spectacular, or you can go down into the natural cave of Wogan's Cavern. The castle was the birthplace of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII, and there is an exhibition on him, his time, and his family. Self-catering rental cottages near Pembroke range from idyllic Welsh country cottages to large castles to rent in Pembrokeshire.
The most popular resort town in Pembrokeshire is Tenby, a prosperous little port since the 15th century as seen in the Tudor Merchant's Hall. Tenby was founded by Flemish merchants and their influence can be seen in various aspects of this building, which is furnished to recreate period life. The villages and farms inland in this part of Pembrokeshire, have plenty of houses and cottages to rent near Tenby, and the sea front abounds with bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, which cater for the many visitors this attractive town attracts. and are very popular too with their harbours and beaches to visit.
There are two ferry ports in Pembrokeshire which both serve Rosslare in Ireland, is very popular for tourism - but before you dash off to the Emerald Isle spend some time in this tranquil and beautiful corner of Wales. Holiday houses in Pembrokeshire and self-catering vacation rental homes in Pembrokeshire can be found here.