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In Pembrokeshire you can stay in a castle, or an old windmill or a priory around the city of St David’s.  Traditional guest houses and small hotels occupy pastel coloured buildings along the sea-front of Tenby.  You can visit an island fortress, walk on the wild side or just sunbathe on a beach.  Newport, on the Nevern Estuary, offers tranquillity and pleasant strolls by river and sea.  So, Pembrokeshire in Wales is a great destination for a staycation in the UK.

St David’s City in Pembrokeshire, Wales

The Cathedral of St David in St David’s City in Pembrokeshire in Wales Credit: Valery Collins

St David’s City on the ruggedly splendid Pembrokeshire coast is charming.  A short stroll through this pretty village will bring you to the Tower Gatehouse.  It is one of the original entrances into the ecclesiastical area.  In the valley below is the splendid St David’s Cathedral.  Next to the cathedral are the haunting ruins of the Bishop’s Palace.  Ramsay Island, famous for its wildlife, is just off the coast.  Boat trips are available to go around it.

Porthclais Harbour on St David’s Peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales Credti: Valery Collins

The whole area has been incorporated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park that includes St David’s Peninsula, a national trust property.  Its visitor centre, Oriel y Parc, is in St David’s.  This innovative building utilises state of the art green technologies to provide its own power and water.  Inside the building is an impressive art gallery that hosts prestigious exhibitions throughout the year.  A very different place in Pembrokeshire is Tenby, a typical seaside resort.

St Catherine’s Island in Tenby Pembrokeshire, Wales Credit: Valery Collins

Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Four lovely beaches surround the town of Tenby making it a haven for sun-worshippers. It derived its wealth from the sea.  A reminder of this is the fascinating Tudor Merchant’s House the home of a wealthy merchant during the sixteenth century.   Another memorial to its past is the tiny chapel of St Julian, or the Fisherman’s Chapel, on the sea front.  The congregation of the parish church, St Mary’s, built this chapel for them as they were considered to be too smelly to worship with them.

Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales Credit: Valery Collins

The estuary town of Newport offers cosy tea shops and comfy pubs and the unique Ty Twt a Dolls’ Houses and Toy Collection.  An ideal way to end the day is a sundowner on the terrace of the Boat Club overlooking the old port, the Parrog.  The highly rated Llys Meddyg, a restaurant with rooms, is the best place to eat in the town and also a lovely place to stay.  The three towns are recommended as destinations for a staycation.

Article by Valery Collins the Experienced Traveller

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