by Hannah Craven
There’s plenty of things to do in Fishguard! Situated midway between St Dogmaels in the north of Pembrokeshire and St David’s in the west, Fishguard is a busy harbour town sitting high on the cliffs above the bay below.
Amongst the maze of streets, Fishguard hides a wealth of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Amble about for a while and you will discover some 11 restaurants and cafe’s, 9 pubs (some serving food), a deli, fish and chip takeaways plus a handful or two more shops dotted about.
Planning a day trip to Fishguard? Here are some of the best events and attractions in the area…
For film and music lovers, the Theatr Gwaun has regular screenings, plus music and theatre to enjoy. Similarly, every year Fishguard is home to the Aberjazz Festival, Fishguard Folk Festival and a New Years Eve Street Party.
There is plenty of history to discover in and around Fishguard too. The Royal Oak pub on the square was where the French agreed to surrender during their last invasion in 1797 – there is a tapestry depicting the whole event in Fishguard Town Hall. On the outskirts of Fishguard, there are also the remains of a fort which offer spectacular views of the harbour and town. For lovers of neolithic structures, there are chambered tombs, a cromlech and various standing stones to discover.
If beaches are more your cup of tea then the beach at Goodwick offers bathing, a reasonable sized sandy area, a play park to keep the kids active and in the nearby Ocean Lab is a small cafe, a soft play area and often there are exhibitions on display too.
Above Goodwick beach towards Fishguard is the Marine Walk, which follows the cliff top around to the small harbour of Lower Town. This walk offers some beautiful views of the north Pembrokeshire coastline and there is a pub, an ice cream van and a cafe all within 5 minutes walk of the harbour walls in Lower Town.
Lower Town is a mecca for kayaking companies that offer various opportunities to discover the Pembrokeshire coastline up close and with views only possible from such small craft. They offer experiences for all abilities, so there really is no excuse not to give it a go! There are other water sport providers operating out of Lower Town too – why not try your hand at paddleboarding?
A sweet two-bedroom cottage set in the harbour of Lower Town, Milkwood Cottage is perfect for a romantic weekend away. Just a few minutes walk from the quay, you can simply stroll back to your cosy home after visiting the local bars and restaurants of the village.
Boasting spectacular sea views, The Rock House is a popular five-bedroom retreat that sits above Lower Town in Fishguard. Just a short walk from the local shops, eateries, and a choice of gorgeous coastal walks – there’s no need to get in your car the whole time you’ll be away.
There’s so much to be discovered in Fishguard and the surrounding areas – why not book a stay at one of our Fishguard Bay cottages and experience it for yourself?
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