Tenby to Cardigan

Take a trip along Pembrokeshire’s magnificent heritage coast

Follow the route - Tenby to Cardigan

Manorbier Castle

Tenby to Manorbier

> Leave Tenby on the A4139 and then turn left on to the B4585 to Manorbier.

Visiting Manorbier

The medieval traveller and scholar, Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis), was born here in 1147 and described it as the ‘pleasantest spot in Wales’. There is a castle dating from Gerald’s time, which gives an impressive view out to sea from the ramparts. The sandy beach has rocky pools, and is a perfect playground for children.

Places to stay near Manorbier

Penally Abbey Hotel

Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Manorbier to Lamphey

> Return to the A4139 for 5 miles (8km) to Lamphey.

Visiting Lamphey

The romantic ruins of a 13th-century Bishop’s Palace lie to the northeast of Lamphey. The Palace, with its ornate parapets, fishponds and notable 16th-century chapel, was built as a country retreat for the Bishops of St David’s.

Places to stay near Lamphey

Trefloyne Manor

Slebech Park Estate

Pembroke Castle

Lamphey to Pembroke

> Continue along the A4139 to Pembroke.

Visiting Pembroke

This ancient town was built around the great 12th- to 13th-century fortress of Pembroke Castle, the largest castle in the area, and the birthplace of Henry Tudor. It still has its fine round keep, and beneath the castle is a huge natural cavern known as The Wogan. The Georgian town hall houses the Pembroke Museum with local history collections, mural displays and regular exhibitions.

Nearby Pembroke Dock produced nearly 300 ships, including some of the most powerful in Queen Victoria’s navy and four famous Royal Yachts. The dockyard closed suddenly in 1926, with disastrous consequences for the local workforce.


Pembroke to Haverfordwest

> Take the A477, then join the A4076 to Haverfordwest – 11 miles (18km).

Visiting Haverfordwest

The 12th-century castle on the hill high above the town is now a ruin. There is more history next door at Castle House, location of the Town Museum. The town is cut in two by the River Cleddau.

Places to stay near Haverfordwest

Slebech Park Estate

Nolton Cross Caravan Park

Wolfscastle Country Hotel

Solva Harbour

Haverfordwest to Solva

> Head northwest along the A487 to Solva.

Visiting Solva

Solva’s old port still has warehouses and a restored lime kiln, and is a favourite sailing spot. Some of its cottages and merchants’ houses have been converted to quality craft shops. Visit Solva Woollen Mill, specialising in carpets, tapestry and floor rugs; it is one of only two remaining woollen mills in Pembrokeshire – in 1900 there were 26.

Places to stay near Solva

Nolton Cross Caravan Park

St David's Cathedral

Solva to St Davids

> Keep on along the A487 for 3 miles (5km) to St Davids.

Visiting St Davids

The city of St Davids – the smallest in Britain – was founded on the site of an early Christian community, and is dominated by the cathedral and the graceful, medieval walled Bishop’s Palace. Sea-based activities include whale and dolphin watching. The Queen visited St Davids in 1995 to confer city status upon it.

Places to stay in St Davids

Twr Y Felin Hotel

Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park

The City Inn

Preseli Hills

St Davids to Mathry

> Turn northeastwards, still on the A487 to Mathry.

Visiting Mathry

This little village overlooks the Western Cleddau source stream. Mountain bikes can be hired for rides into the Preseli Hills, from where 33 dolerite stones were transported to Stonehenge. North­west of Mathry is Abercastle, where there is a burial chamber with a 16-foot (5m) capstone resting on three of its original seven supports.


Mathry to Fishguard

> Continue along the A487 to Fishguard.

Visiting Fishguard

Fishguard has two parts. Upper Fishguard stands back from the sea, and from it the road falls steeply to Lower Fishguard, a quaint and largely unspoiled town. There are many ancient links with boating here. The July Fishguard Music Festival is another attraction.

For a windblown and bracing day, take a return trip on the ferry to Rosslare, across the Irish Sea. Tregwynt Woollen Mill, at St Nicholas, is a working mill open to the public, which produces traditional Welsh weaves.

Places to stay in Fishguard

Fishguard Bay Resort


Wolfscastle Country Hotel


Fishguard to Newport

> Head east to Newport, still travelling on the A487.

Visiting Newport

Robert Owen, the 18th-century founder of the Cooperative movement and so-called father of socialism, was born here in 1771 and, at the tender age of 10, began work in the town’s flourishing textiles industry. He went on to run and own some of the largest textile factories in Britain. His former house is now a museum and there are several statues of him dotted around town.

Oriel Davies, one of Wales’ major public galleries, shows contemporary arts and crafts from around the world and a popular Food Festival is held each year, usually in September. The remains of Newport’s 12th-century castle can still be seen at a distance.  

One and a half miles (2.5km) west of town is Cerrig y Gof, a group of burial chambers forming a circle. Pentre Ifan Cromlech lies 2 miles (3km) southeast of Newport.

Places to stay in Newport

Hunter Lodges

The Celtic Manor Resort

The Manor House

Holy Cross, Y Mwnt, Cardigan

Newport to Cardigan

> Turn left along unclassified roads through Moylgrove and St Dogmaels, then take the B4546 to Cardigan.

Visiting Cardigan

St Dogmaels Abbey, just outside Cardigan, was founded in 1115, and the ruins include large fragments of the north and west walls standing almost to their original height. One of Cardigan’s most striking architectural features is the ancient bridge, which spans the River Teifi, but little now remains of Cardigan Castle, where the first National Eisteddfod took place in 1176. The magnificent towers of Cilgerran Castle, best reached from along the A484, overlook the gorge of the Teifi just upstream from the town. Visit the Welsh Wildlife Centre, and the National Coracle Centre and Mill at Cenarth, a few miles along the A484.

Places to stay near Cardigan

Fishguard Bay Resort

Wolfscastle Country Hotel

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