A port since the Middle Ages, and the town of Milford Haven was created in the 1790s. Its first occupants were American whalers and Quakers, and later it became a base for the fishing industry. This was in no small part due to its large natural harbour, thought to be the second deepest natural harbour in the world.
Fast forward to the modern-day, and the large harbour also lent itself to large industry, with large energy and industry, setting up alongside the ports in Milford and Pembroke, which sit just to the other side of the estuary. The new industry, as well as the continuing operations with the fish markets, the town is going through a period of transition, thanks to Milford Haven Port Authority.
The project to transform Milford Marina has been positive and plays host to a fabulous range of shops, cafes, bowling alley and soft play, bars and restaurants, all with exceptional views of the 300-berth marina, as well as the location for the town’s maritime museum.
The Milford Haven Museum is a maritime and heritage museum. Opened in 1991, it has a heavy focus on the maritime history of the town of Milford Haven and it’s settlers, with exhibitions which explore the fishing and oil industries in the area.
Traditionally, the marina plays host to key events in the social calendar, such as Pembrokeshire Fish Week and the active events calendar of the Milford Haven Round Table, including Milford Haven Beer Festival and Firework’s Display in November. Milford Marina also now run some extremely popular boat trips out of the estuary, and to various locations to the West of Pembrokeshire. Running between April and September, the new Discover Coast & Cleddau offers great family excursions on the open water, as well as walking tours to help you discover the best of what is untapped Pembrokeshire.