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Family Holiday Activities Pembrokeshire

book nowPembrokeshire is a great place for a Family Holiday so here are some ideas for family holiday activities (but check the opening times first):

Family Holiday Activities – Theme Parks

Within 15 miles of the holiday village are several theme parks:

  • Oakwood Theme Park
  • Heatherton Activity Centre
  • Blue Lagoon Water Park
  • Tenby Dinosaur Park
  • Clerkenhill Adventure Park
  • Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
  • Manor House Wildlife Park

Family Holiday Activities – Indoor Soft Play Centres

For young children:

  • Ocean Commotion in Lower Frog Street, Tenby, SA70 7HU    01834 845526 – website
  • Merlin’s Magic in Ridgeway, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest, SA62 4BT    01437 764 822 – website
  • the Lion’s Den in Snowdrop Lane Haverfordwest SA611JB   Tel, 01437 767104 – website
  • Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play – in Phoenix Bowl, Discovery Quay, Milford Haven

Family Holiday Activities – Animals

  • Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
  • Manor House Wildlife Park
  • Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, explore the insect world with TV Presenter Dr Sarah Beynon at Lower Harglodd Farm, St Davids, SA62 6BX –  07966 956357 –  website

Family Holiday Activities – Sporty Fun

The Overhang, an Indoor Climbing Centre, Castle Slipway, Castle Beach, Tenby, SA70 7BP  –  01834 842 302 – website

Phoenix Bowl, indoor 10 Pin Bowling and Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play, Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven, SA73 3AF     01646 690605 – website

Battlefield Live, outdoor infra-red combat games, at Amroth Rd, Llanteg SA67 8QJ – 07777 671301 –  website

Hangar5, an indoor trampolining park for children and adults, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest, SA62 4BY – 01437 700555 – website

Family Holiday Activities – Driving Activities

  • Carew Karting – Race 13 bhp Thunder Karts on 500m outdoor high speed tarmac circuit, for beginners or experts . Also Cadet Karts for 8-15 years, minimum height 1.35 metres (07974 540 689) – Carew Airfield, Sageston, SA70 8SY
  • BP Karting – Race BIZ karts on 280m indoor track. Junior karts, 8yrs+, with Honda 160 engines. Senior karts have Honda 200 engines. (01437 769 555) – County Showground, Withybush, Haverfordwest SA62 4BP
  • Ritec Valley Quad Bikes – Trail riding and quad parks for children from age 6 and adults. Caters for novices and experienced drivers. (01834 843 390) – Trefloyne Lane, Penally, Tenby, SA70 8NF
  • Wood Park Off Road – 4 X 4 and JCB driving experience, recreational and training days for adults. Off road junior taster sessions from age 13 with dual controlled vehicle.(01437 532 234) – new Moat, Clarbeston Road, SA63 4RD
  • Makin Tracks – Makin’ tracks is on the B4318 just outside Tenby, SA70 8RB. (01834 845954) You can drive tracked vehicles (model tanks with laser technology) over obstacles, ride off road Segways or race fast Traxxas remote controlled cars. From 7 years.
  • Driving school for Kids – Heatherton – Electric cars for children aged 3 to 10 years. At Heatherton Activity Park (01646 652 000) – St Florence, Tenby, SA70 8RJ. Includes instruction on the rules of the road. Children drive in a simluated traffic environment.
  • Go Karting – Heatherton – Senior (age 14+) and Junior (age 6 to 13) outdoor karting at Heatherton Activity Park (01646 652 000) – St Florence, Tenby, SA70 8RJ. Senior Karts 55mph. Helmets and racing overalls supplied.
  • Pembrokeshire Raceway – Heatherton – Indoor 8 lane slot car racing track at Heatherton Activity Park (01646 652 000) – St Florence, Tenby, SA70 8RJ. 1 to 24 scale racing track, an all weather activity.

Ideas for Walks in Pembrokeshire

You are spoilt for choice. The Coast Path is the most well known but there are plenty of delightful shorter paths to try in countryside and town.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Barafundle bay
The Coast Path at Barafundle

Walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to get stunning views of coastal scenery and to enjoy sea air and many wild flowers and sea birds.
This national trail offers 186 miles of coastal walking but you don’t have to walk it all! The coastal bus service is useful for planning sectional walks along the path.

Some sections are easier walking than others, for example Stackpole Quay to Broadhaven is reasonably flat compared with Freshwater West to West Angle Bay

Circular walks in Pembrokeshire

Here is a link to 200 shorter circular walks in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park including maps and information on public transport and accessibility.

More Short Walks in Pembrokeshire

Another series of walks include some town walks

Guided Walks

Guided walks are available such as Tenby Ghost Walk or Pembrokeshire Paths. Some guided walks are also advertised in Coast to Coast

Beaches of Pembrokeshire


Pembrokeshire is renowned for its beaches. In the south of the county there are mainly sandy beaches.

Pembrokeshire beaches have 10 Blue Flag and 16 Green Coast Awards from Keep Wales Tidy – more than any other county in Wales! The Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide identified 27 Pembrokeshire beaches with excellent water quality.

Barafundle Bay gets the most accolades. It has been voted the most beautiful beach in Pembrokeshire and one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It is also good for swimming. The shortest way to get there is to walk from the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay. There are toilets and a tea shop at Stackpole Quay.

There are plenty of other beautiful beaches to explore. Freshwater West is popular with surfers, kite surfers and walkers and has amazing sunsets. Manorbier is great for rock pooling. Tenby and Saundersfoot have excellent resort beaches. Sheltered Freshwater East is good for swimming and boating. Marloes and Broadhaven (south) are beautiful unspoilt rural beaches.

Castles of South Pembrokeshire

Castles

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

Carew Castle
Carew Castle

This lovely spot has a Norman castle with Elizabethan conversion, an 11th Century Celtic Cross, a restored tidal mill, a 23 acre millpond, a causeway and picnic area. (01646 651 782) – Carew, Tenby, SA70 8SL

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle

This large impressive Norman castle with well preserved walls and towers was the birthplace of King Henry VII. It was besieged by Cromwell in the Civil War and only fell after 7 weeks when the water supply was cut off. Excellent views from the top of the Keep. The large lawn in the centre of the castle is often used for displays and performances. Includes tableaux, a brass rubbing centre, an underground cave and a snack bar. (01646 684 585) – Pembroke, SA71 4LA

Manorbier Castle

Manorbier Castle
Manorbier Castle

A Norman castle in a splendid setting overlooking a beach. It was the birthplace of Gerald of Wales who described Manorbier in his chronicles as ‘the pleasantest spot in Wales’. The castle includes large size wax figures, atmospheric music, beautiful gardens and a tea room, (01834 871394) – Manorbier, Tenby, SA70 7SY

Beautiful Places to Visit in Pembrokeshire

A small selection of some of the beautiful places to visit in Pembrokeshire:

Stackpole Lakes/Bosherston Lily Ponds

A beautiful National Trust site and National Nature Reserve with lots of wildlife including otters. The water lilies flower in Spring and early Summer, but this is a beauty spot at any time of the year.
An 18th century designed landscape, was created by the Earls of Cawdor, to provide a beautiful setting for their mansion. Three narrow valleys were damned to form lakes. Groves were planted, garden structures, walled garden areas and wilderness areas were created. The mansion was demolished in 1963, although structures such as an ice house remain.
You can walk there from the National Trust car parks (toilets available) at Bosherston, Stackpole Quay, or Broadhaven beach.

Milford Haven/ Daugleddau Estuary – the Secret Waterway

Milford Haven is a deep natural harbour – it is a drowned valley. Plenty of busy tankers, ships, tugs and other maritime vessels can be seen at the seaward end of the Haven. The upper reaches, by contrast, are very tranquil with ancient woodlands, saltmarshes, mudflats and sheltered inlets, ideal for Herons and other birds.
Cresswell Quay or Lanshipping are good places to experience the Secret Waterway. You can also take boat trips up the estuary.

Stack Rocks – Green Bridge of Wales

The Green Bridge of Wales probably the most spectacular natural arch in the UK. There are steep cliffs and two impressive limestone stacks nearby. This section of rugged coastline also boasts the highest concentration of sea birds on mainland Pembrokeshire. In late summer/early Autumn you may see seals pupping on the beaches at Stack Rocks.

Green Bridge of Wales
Green Bridge of Wales

Access to the site is restricted according to activity at the Castle Martin tank range. Usually the site is open throughout August, during bank holidays and at weekends. To check if the road is open phone 01646 662367 for a recorded message. Parking is free

Preseli Mountains

Rolling unenclosed moorland in the north of Pembrokeshire with a wealth of prehistoric monuments including many standing stones. Blocks of Dolerite forming the bluestone circle at Stonehenge are said to have come from here.
The Golden Way, along the main ridge of the Preselis, follows a Bronze Age trade route. You can enjoy views over to Ireland on a clear day.

Colby Woodland Garden

An 8 acre National Trust informal garden in a tranquil valley, particularly beautiful when the rhododendron are in flower (01834 811 885) – Amroth, SA67 8PP  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/colby-woodland-garden

Pembrokeshire Towns

Tenby

Tenby Harbour
Tenby Harbour

This traditional seaside resort has medieval town walls, a harbour, colourful Georgian architecture, gift shops, unspoilt beaches and plenty of places to eat.
Boats to Caldey Island can be caught from Tenby Harbour and also boats for fishing or wildlife viewing trips.
Tenby Museum and art gallery traces the development of Tenby from a fishing village to a seaside resort.

Pembroke

Pembroke Mill Pond
Pembroke Mill Pond

Pembroke has a well preserved Norman castle, millpond, shops, pubs, takeaways and cafes and a small supermarket. There is a pleasant walk around the Mill pond and castle. Main Street is the main shopping Street and is one-way. There are car parks behind Main Street. Parking rates are very reasonable.
Neighbouring Pembroke Dock has larger supermarkets. Pembroke Dock is located on the southern side of the Milford Haven estuary.

Narberth

A quaint market town in the heart of Pembrokeshire with several exclusive boutique shops, cafes and art galleries.

St Davids

St David's Cathedral
St David’s Cathedral

St Davids has city status although it is more like a village in size. It is the smallest city in Britain with a 12th Century cathedral, narrow streets and Oriel y Parc landscape gallery.
In Medieval times, St Davids shrine became a place of pilgrimage with two visits to St David’s worth one visit to Rome. It is still a popular destination today for both pilgrims and tourists.
Trips to Pembrokeshire Islands can be booked from here.

Haverfordwest

County Hall, Haverfordwest
County Hall, Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest is the county town of Pembrokeshire. The thriving main shopping area, centred on High Street, Bridge Street and Riverside Quay, has lots of interesting shops, cafes and pubs. In addition there are several out of town retail parks. The main hospital in Pembrokeshire and the county council offices are in Haverfordwest. There is also a castle and a museum.