Pembrokeshire is a coastal region in the south of Wales that has been popular for decades amongst British tourists for a bucolic seaside escape. However, it still remains fairly off the beaten path in regards to foreign tourism. This, however, is a shame as Pembrokeshire seemed to offer the beauty and mild weather of Cornwall with a fraction of the summer crowds. After having been to this lovely corner of Wales twice, I can tell you the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire for a long weekend getaway.
Getting To And Around Pembrokeshire
There are three main options for travellers wanting to visit Pembrokeshire from other parts of Wales or England: train, bus or car.
Getting to Pembrokeshire by Train
There are regular trains to various towns in Pembrokeshire such as Pembroke and Tenby from Swansea in Wales taking around 1.5-2 hours. You can also connect to these trains from other major cities like Cardiff.
If coming from London, there are trains to Cardiff and Swansea that leave from London Paddington Station roughly every thirty minutes and you can switch to most of the bigger towns in Pembrokeshire from either of those cities. All in, the journey time will take about 4 1/2 hours.
When travelling by train in the UK, it is advisable to book tickets in advance if you want to secure a cheaper fare as last-minute fares can be expensive. Click here to browse train schedules.
Getting to Pembrokeshire by Bus
It is possible to take the bus to get to Pembrokeshire however routes are limited and slower than the train. For example, there are direct buses from London Victoria Coach Station to Tenby, one of the biggest towns in Pembrokeshire.
They leave a few times per day, are generally less expensive than the train, and the journey will take about 6 1/2 hours. You can find connections to some towns in Pembrokeshire from Cardiff or Swansea. Click here to browse bus schedules
Getting to Pembrokeshire by Car
Like many places in rural Britain, public transport can be lacking in Pembrokeshire so if you’re not planning on spending all of your time walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, it can be incredibly useful to have your own vehicle. If you do hire a car, there are a couple of options you can take.
The first option is to hire a car locally from Pembrokeshire however there are not as many providers available here as other major cities in Wales and England. The other option is to hire a car from either Cardiff or Swansea or even London. If travelling from London, it might work out to be cheaper to take the train to Cardiff or Swansea and hire a car from there if you can get a cheap ticket in advance.
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Best Places To Visit In Pembrokeshire
One of the most appealing things about a trip to Pembrokeshire is the absolutely stunning coastal scenery. Because of this, walking part if not all of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the best things to do in the region.
The trail is quite well marked and there are a number of smaller, circular day hikes you could do on it as well of varying difficulty. For instance, the circular route around St. Anne’s Head is a great option for a day hike, presents you with beautiful scenery and you might even spot some wild horses!
There are also a number of quaint, historic seaside villages to explore in Pembrokeshire. St. David’s can be one of the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire as it holds the title of the “Smallest City in the UK.” While it may just seem like a tiny village, the fact that there is a proper cathedral is what constitutes it as a city.
The town of Tenby is also a great place to visit and is considered one of the best towns in Pembrokeshire to base yourself in. The town itself is a popular summer resort destination due to its picturesque seaside location, great restaurants, and two lovely beaches. In WWII, the beaches in Tenby were actually used as a training base for US troops before D-Day.
If you happen to be visiting Pembrokeshire in the summertime, you would be remiss if you didn’t take the time to visit one of the region’s beautiful beaches. Marloes Sands, for instance, is one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire and was actually a filming location for one of the Harry Potter movies.
Whitesands Bay Beach just outside of St. David’s is another lovely beach to spend a lazy day at and one of the nicest places in Pembrokeshire. There is also a cafe and a campsite here.
Where To Eat In Pembrokeshire
The popular notion that food in Britain is nothing but organ meat cooked into pies and bland, mushy peas should be really be cast aside, especially since the quality of food even in rural areas can really be top-notch, and Pembrokeshire is no exception. There are a lot of great places to eat in Pembrokeshire with many restaurants serving delicious local produce and inventive seafood dishes.
If all you’re after is a good cup of coffee and a nice, healthy breakfast, head to The Creative Common in the charming village of Haverfordwest. Not only does this hipster/surfer coffee shop make a fantastic flat white, but it also has a coworking space upstairs making it a great place for digital nomads.
If you’re looking for a good pub lunch nearby, head the Rising Sun Inn in Pelcomb Bridge. This place serves daily local seafood specials, traditional pub fare, and has some great beers on tap all at an affordable price. Make sure to book ahead for dinner in peak season, as it is a popular spot for families.
If you’ve based yourself in Tenby, there are a couple of great lunch and dinner options there. If you want a really good Italian pizza, look no further than Top Joe’s. They also have a great wine list.
Where To Stay In Pembrokeshire
As Pembrokeshire is a fairly popular seaside destination with UK tourists, there are a number of accommodation options available in the region. Most towns will have a number of B&B’s and guesthouses which can be a comfortable and affordable option. While there aren’t really any big-name hotels in Pembrokeshire, there are definitely smaller, locally run hotels in the bigger towns if that’s what you’re after.
Because of the popularity of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there are a number of hostels in the towns along the trail that offer affordable dorm beds, some private rooms, and most will have a campsite as well. If you’re looking for some specific places to stay, here are a few possible options.
Airbnb – There are a lot of choices ranging from luxury seaside cottages, cosy farm stays such as this self-contained cottage, or just an affordable private room with a local family. Airbnb can be one of the most budget-friendly of accommodation options in Pembrokeshire. Click here to see the Airbnbs in Pembrokeshire!
Coach Guest House – Located in Tenby, this guest house is well located close to the coast and major attractions. They offer a range of private rooms suitable for couples and families with modern amenities and a great breakfast included daily. Click here to check their availability
The Park Hotel – Also located in Tenby, this hotel is perfect if you want to stay a little more in nature and close to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path but still be within walking distance of the main town. Rooms are classically decorated with some offering sea views and all having access to a swimming pool. Breakfast is also included daily. Click here to check their availability
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other for hotels in Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire is truly an underrated destination when it comes to international tourism. While it is certainly no secret in the UK, it still has a wonderful undiscovered atmosphere to it which can make it difficult to find the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire. Couple beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery with postcard-perfect villages and friendly locals — Pembrokeshire is certainly one of the best places to visit in western Britain.
Before setting off on your Pembrokeshire trip make sure you have a valid travel insurance policy. We personally used World Nomads for our Pembrokeshire trip as we do for all our trips. Click here to get a quote from World Nomads!
Have you been to Pembrokeshire? Where do you think are some of the best places to visit in Pembrokeshire? Let us know in the comments!