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Places to Visit
The older of the two harbours, Lower Town Harbour in Fishguard is steeped in history. A scenic setting for a number of famous films, this pretty harbour is a great place to visit if you’re ever in the area.
The coastal scenery here is absolutely spectacular, and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous walking routes in the local area. It’s also a haven for watersports activities, from kayaking to sailing and even dolphin watching! There’s a small selection of amenities in the harbour, including a local pub and quayside cafe – just what you need after an action-packed day on the water.
Curious to find out more about this idyllic harbour? We’ve put together a quick guide on all you need to know about Lower Town Harbour…
Lower Town, ‘Y Cwm’ in Welsh, is the old port of Fishguard. Situated at the mouth of the Gwaun river its picturesque setting has been used as a location for many films including ‘Under Milk Wood’ starring Richard Burton.
Local fishermen and pleasure boats add to the attraction and there is a pub and yacht club. Go up the hill towards Newport and visit the site of the old fort for panoramic views of the harbour.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is easily reached from either the harbour or the fort. The picturesque Gwaun Valley is also situated just a few miles inland.
There is a quayside cafe for grabbing a bite to eat, or head to The Ship Inn on Newport Road for a pint or two.
Fishguard and Lower Town are famous as the location of ‘The Last Invasion of Britain’ when in 1797 French troops landed nearby.
Local heroine Jemima Nicholas captured many of the invaders single handed and the French later negotiated their surrender at the Royal Oak inn. They then laid down their arms on Goodwick Sands.
The invasion story is commemorated by the Last Invasion Tapestry – compared by some to the epic shown on the Bayeux Tapestry. Now on display in the library at Fishguard Town Hall.
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