by Katy Depledge
There are many picturesque towns in Pembrokeshire, full of charm and character.
From historic market towns to world-renowned seaside resorts, Pembrokeshire has something for everyone.
Pembrokeshire’s towns and villages can be found both in the countryside and along the coast. From the quaint harbour village of Solva to the smallest city in the UK, St Davids. Not forgetting the popular seaside resort, Tenby – with its colourful buildings and golden sandy beach.
Keep reading to discover some of the best towns in Pembrokeshire…
St Davids is the smallest city in Britain and home to some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire. A quaint and character-filled place, St David’s is the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The city is renowned for being the home of the annual Tour of Pembrokeshire, a fantastic event which see’s cyclists travel from worldwide to the Pembrokeshire Coast!
Breathe in the fresh sea air during a walk around Treginnis Head, witness a romantic sunset over Whitesands Beach or stroll the beautiful grounds of St David’s Cathedral.
As one of Wales’ most iconic attractions, St David’s Cathedral is set on a spectacular peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Cathedral sits on the site of much older religious buildings, including an earlier sixth-century monastery built by St David himself and has been a site of pilgrimage for more than 800 years.
Today the cathedral is bursting with energy and attracts thousands of visitors to admire its beautiful architecture every year.
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If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with peaceful coastal scenery and unforgettable views, Fishguard is for you. Set across two parts, the main town of Fishguard is perched high on the clifftop, whilst Lower Town Fishguard is clustered around the quayside.
Lower Town is a tiny slice of paradise, steeped in history. This idyllic harbour has been the scenic setting for a number of famous films including Moby Dick and Under Milk Wood.
Enjoy a morning walk up to the Old Fort, with expansive views of the rugged Pembrokeshire Coast. Or spend the afternoon exploring Lower Town by foot or water; a stand-up paddleboarding session is a great way to appreciate the beauty of this gorgeous town.
With plenty of things to see and do in Fishguard, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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An attractive market town in Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest is a popular holiday destination for many. The town was once one of Wales’ most important river ports and has now transformed into a lively picturesque town.
Stroll along the cobbled streets, marvel at the elegant architecture and spend time browsing one of the many independent shops. Located in the centre of Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest’s main attractions include the Haverfordwest Town Museum, Haverfordwest Priory and Hilton Gardens.
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A delightful seaside town in Pembrokeshire, Tenby boasts picture-perfect beaches and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Explore the atmospheric streets, lined with pastel-coloured buildings. Or relax and unwind at Tenby Harbour, where you can enjoy a spot of sunbathing, some fishing or take a boat trip to Caldey Island.
The town comes alive in the summer months; grab an ice cream and spend an afternoon sitting on the golden sandy beach watching the world go by. In the winter months, wrap up warm and take your dog for a fresh coastal walk along Tenby Harbour Beach. Discover more about this sought-after town with our ultimate guide on things to do in Tenby.
After a day exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, be sure to make the most out of Tenby’s popular restaurants, independent cafes or stylish bars. Tenby was named the second-best place to live in the UK and it’s definitely worth a visit during your time in Pembrokeshire.
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Saundersfoot is a small seaside resort in between Tenby and Amroth, with a charming coastal feel and friendly atmosphere. Experience glorious views over Carmarthen Bay during a visit to this pretty Pembrokeshire town.
Explore the traditional old harbour, overlooking the golden sand’s of Saundersfoot’s Blue Flag Beach. This picturesque part of Pembrokeshire is a great place to hop on a boat ride and explore the wonders of Carmarthen Bay.
Saundersfoot Beach is one of the most loved beaches in Pembrokeshire. This large, flat sandy beach is ideal for families, due to its shallow, calm waters. Fancy an adventure? Canoeing, sailing and windsurfing are all available. Plus the charitable New Years Day Swim is a must for those visiting during the festive season.
The coastal town is also becoming popular amongst foodies, with plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from. One of our favourite pubs in Pembrokeshire is The Old Chemist Inn, with a large beer garden overlooking the award-winning beach.
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Solva, a charming harbour village on St Bride’s Bay, is surrounded by rugged cliffs and dramatic coastal scenery. The popular Pembrokeshire town is divided into two sections; Lower Solva and Upper Solva.
Lower Solva is home to an idyllic harbour, attractive quay and small but picturesque beach when the tide is low. Spend your days exploring miles of rugged coastline and the surrounding world-class beaches. Then in the evening embrace a magical sunset over Solva whilst enjoying an evening drink on the terrace of the Harbour Inn.
Walk up the hill to Upper Solva and you’ll be greeted by an atmospheric high street, full of galleries, craft shops and the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Solva Woolen Mill is now the only mill in Wales specialising in flat woven carpets, rugs and runners.
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Full of unique, independent shops, Narberth is a stylish town in Pembrokeshire. The street is lined with multicoloured buildings, boutiques and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
The quaint market town is a shoppers’ haven, attracting visitors from all over Pembrokeshire and Wales. Plus, if you’re visiting in September make sure you attend the Narberth Food Festival! With ample food stalls, entertaining demonstrations, live music and a friendly, fun atmosphere, the food festival is a great event in Pembrokeshire for the whole family.
Tempted to travel to one of these gorgeous towns in Pembrokeshire? Take a look at these holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire; the perfect base for your Welsh getaway.
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