Goodwick was just a cluster of fishermen’s cottages until the early 1900’s when work began on creating Fishguard Harbour which became, and still is, a major and thriving sea crossing to Ireland ferries to Rosslare. With a number of shops, hotels, pubs, cafes and Pembrokeshire holiday cottages, Goodwick Beach, a winner of the ‘Seaside Award’, is a favourite with families. The Ocean Lab on the Parrog has a cyber cafe, coffee shop, a soft play area and tourist information centre. Nearby Fishguard town hosts events throughout the year from the Folk Festival in May to the New Year’s Eve street party. Fishguard will enable you to stock up on essentials and it hosts a Thursday market.
The village is located along a gorgeous length of Pembrokeshire coastline which provides water sports opportunities including coasteering, kayaking, surfing and fishing. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path nearly goes past your front door and the surrounding area can be enjoyed from a bike or on a horse from Havard Stables.
From Goodwick you can explore tiny hamlets on the Pencaer peninsular including Llanwnda and the church of St Gwyndaf and visit the scene of the French landing at Carreg Wastad and the lighthouse at Strumble Head. Nearby Goodwick Moor is a Nature Reserve and designated as a site of scientific interest.
There are also lots of other places of interest nearby. The Bluestone Brewing Company, a microbrewery based on a working hill farm is close to the picturesque town of Newport. Head over to learn more about the traditions and methods of brewing technique and to sample some of the finished ale. Melin Tregwynt Mill where the legacy of Welsh double-cloth weaving has been handed down through generations is also a short drive away. The mill shop is stocked with beautiful traditional welsh blankets, cushion covers, dressing gowns and much more. Castell Henllys is a half an hour drive away and is worth visiting. This Iron Age hill fort enables you to step back in time. You can get interactive with the exhibitions, including traditional roundhouses, and pretend you’re a Celt for the day, helped by the events and demonstrations held there, and a dressing up box!
Goodwick really is the ideal location for short UK breaks and self-catering family holidays.