This pretty town set just on the banks of the Pembroke River is a historic settlement and known for its imposing castle which was the birthplace of Henry VII. No visit to the area is complete without spending a day exploring the castle and taking in the views from the Great Keep. From the town itself are plenty of lovely coastal walks, sailing clubs and pleasure boats offering day trips out to sea. The farmers market is ideal for picking up local produce and handmade crafts.
Heatherton World of Activities is a great day out, with a huge range of sporting and adrenalin pursuits, fishing, golf and outdoor play areas for younger children. Other local places to visit for a family day out include the Dinosaur Park at Tenby, Folly Farm Adventure Park and the Oakwood Theme Park. There is a Reptile Experience is a unique visit for all ages, and Ritec Valley Quad Biking is a fun day out with a range of trails to choose from.
From the crossing at Tenby you can take a day trip across to Caldey Island, the sandy bay is perfect for a stroll and also on the island are many historic buildings including the lighthouse, Old Priory and the village post office. Slightly further up the coast is St Catherines Island, at low tide visitors can visit this ancient fortress and guided tours are available. Other local points of historical importance include Carew Castle, Stackpole Estate, Manorbier Castle. The ruins of Lamphey Bishops Palace are also worth a visit.
Located in the far west of Wales, the county of Pembrokeshire is renowned for its superb coastline, attracting swimmers and beach goers with its idyllic stretches of beautiful sand, and walkers and nature enthusiasts to its miles of coastal paths and the Coast National Park with its abundance of wildlife. Inland the landscapes are practically tailored for outdoor adventurers, with the Preseli Hills offering wild moorland and heaths, and ‘The Golden Road’, a walk running across the spine of the county.
There are plenty of sites of historic interest from the prehistoric Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber, to the magnificent Norman Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, sitting on the mill pond which powers the mill. Other sites include Pembroke Castle, an enormous oval fort, and the unique St Govan Chapel, built into the cliff. Other activities to entertain the family include the Oakwood Theme Park which is home to the fabulous Megafobia Rollercoaster, and the Manor House Wildlife Park; an up-close-and-personal zoo experience! There are a vast number of lovely places to visit in Pembrokeshire; Newport (not the city!) is a picturesque village on the coast, and is a desirable holiday spot. Then there is the larger and bustling Victorian seaside town of Tenby, or St Davids, one of the smallest cities in the UK!
Although smaller in size than other regions of Wales, this area still has a great selection of historical sites to visit and rolling countryside with a dramatic coastline. Perhaps best known for the impressive Brecon Beacons, this mountain range is very popular for those seeking an activity holiday with something to suit all, from mountain biking and caving to horse riding and star gazing events. The Vale of Glamorgan is worth a visit, with a 9 mile heritage coastal path not to mention the famous Barry Island with its vibrant amusement park which is all only a few miles from Cardiff.
Not just an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk combined can also boast having the most castles per square mile in Britain. In recognition of its revolutionary importance the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape is now a World Heritage Site and has a fascinating collection of ironworks, mines and a national museum.
Cardiff is perfect for a day of shopping and sight-seeing. The varied choice of entertainment ranges from live music venues, guided tours and art events. For a peaceful walk or nature spotting trip then the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is a beautiful and isolated place to unwind.