Manorbier Castle is a 12th-century castle, built by Norman knight Otto De Barry, and the birthplace of his grandson, Gerald of Wales, an early chronicler of medieval society. After being partially destroyed by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War, it was restored by a Victorian tenant. Today it has a beautiful garden and is a lovely place to visit or for a wedding.
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Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, daily 10-5
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About the area
Wales meets the Atlantic Ocean in spectacular fashion at Pembrokeshire. Unlike the West Country, Pembrokeshire can offer the coast without the crowds, and quaint fishing villages without those huge coach parks. Volcanic eruptions and earth movements have left a tortured rocky coastline of some 160 miles, whose beauty and drama have been recognised by National Park status.
Sometimes known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, the county has held a fascination for English visitors ever since the first Norman warlords forced their way in 800 years ago, leaving a string of 50 fine castles in their wake. The anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th-century collection of Welsh folk legends, started it all. His description of the old Celtic kingdom of Dyfed (which encompasses Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) as ‘the land of magic and enchantment’ was perhaps the earliest written attempt to sum up the outstanding natural beauty of this wonderful westernmost outpost of Wales. This is a county where you can take it easy on the sandy beaches, make sport out of those Atlantic waves, or discover the mysteries of St David’s or the ancient Preseli Hills.
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