Experience miles of beautifully crinkled coastline, outdoor adventures and spectacular wildlife within the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Discover secret coves, weather-worn cliffs, wonderful wildlife, magnificent monuments and dazzling beaches along the fringes of this world-famous coastline. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a true paradise for walkers, surfers, kayakers, sailors and just about anyone looking to get away from it all and enjoy nature’s paradise.
What is the Pembrokeshire coast famous for?
There are so many wonderful factors that make up this spectacular coastline, the most notable being that it is the UK’s only coastal national park!
Pembrokeshire’s gorgeous beaches frequently make the lists of the top-rated beaches; the US National Geographic Traveler magazine rated the Pembrokeshire coast one of the top two coastal destinations in the world! There are 12 Blue Flag beaches dotted around the coast, more than any other county in the country and there are also 7 Green Coast Awards, the highest in Wales!
The Green Bridge of Wales
Made up of a dramatic natural limestone arch and pillars, the Green Bridge of Wales is a fantastic viewpoint for a picture-perfect photo. Access to this landmark passes through a military tank range so is understandably closed at certain times.
St Davids Cathedral
Officially the smallest city in Britain, discover St Davids with its marvellous cathedral, a great gallery, exciting boat trips and delicious places to eat.
Conquer Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, a lovely, mile-long, circular accessible walk around a tranquil millpond. The castle itself has parking and a great picnic spot on the north side of the millpond with fantastic castle views, and there’s also a tearoom offering welcome refreshments.
If it’s history you’re interested in then the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber is a must-see. This mysterious monument neatly frames the Preseli Hills and dates back to Neolithic times, when people would bury their dead in such tombs. Made from Pembrokeshire's famous bluestones, which were also used to create parts of Stonehenge, this magnificent monument would have originally been covered with a mound of earth that has worn away to reveal the bare bones of this perfectly perched chamber.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Most of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park includes the popular Pembrokeshire Coast Path, an exciting mix of terrains with craggy cliffs, magnificent headlands, secret coves and delightful beaches along the way.
How long is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
The length of the Pembrokeshire coastline is 261 miles in total, with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path taking in 186 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world!
It would take at least 12-14 days for standard fitness walkers to walk the full coast path; allow at least 18 days for a more relaxed schedule. Be prepared as the total rise and fall of the path is over 35,000 feet, which is more than the height of Mount Everest!
Alternatively, for a shorter stroll, there are plenty of smaller sections to choose from.
Where does the Pembrokeshire Coast Path start and finish?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north.
Check out our guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for a breakdown of sections and our favourite highlights.
Rare birds including choughs and skylarks choose the coastal heathland as their home. Enjoy spotting delightful dolphins and pretty puffins and baby pufflings on Skomer Island, seals off Skokholm Island or masses of gannets around Grassholm Island with one of Pembrokeshire’s many fantastic boat trip providers. Not forgetting, of course, the vast array of sea life you can discover in the plentiful rock pools and crabbing areas dotted around the county.
Why not try a coastal foraging experience and cook up some of your finds after all that exploring?
Our favourite spots in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
With so many amazing locations to choose from during your time in Pembrokeshire, we've picked out some top spots to help you on your way.
Tenby is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in the UK. With its lines of pastel houses overlooking beautiful North Beach, medieval walls hugging the town, oh-so-pretty sheltered harbour, and cobbled streets full of wonderful shops and eateries, it’s no surprise this popular seaside resort is a hit for a spectacular seaside escape.
Stay in Tenby
St Govan’s Chapel
Tucked away in the rocks, this unique chapel is an unusual addition to this varied coastline. Legend has it that St Govan lived in Pembrokeshire a long time ago and was out walking enjoying the coastline before being chased by pirates. As he was running, a cleft opened up in the cliff which he squeezed into and hid in until the pirates sailed off. He decided, given that it was such a safe space, that he would continue to live there in the rocky cell, living off fresh fish and drinking water from a sacred spring.
Stay in Bosherston
This gorgeous village boasts a bustling harbour, a Blue Flag beach and a plethora of lovely shops and places to eat. Fish and chips on the harbour is a must, and there’s plenty of ice cream flavours to choose from to delight every tastebud.
Stay in Saundersfoot
Newgale is a vast stretch of sand backed by a pebble bank. It's perfect for sunset watching and surfing, and it's also a great family-friendly beach with nearby facilities including parking, toilets and a traditional country pub.
Stay in Nolton Haven
Freshwater East is a wide bay full of golden sand, backed by sandy dunes and a stream running through the south end of the beach for splashing about in. There’s plenty of room for beach games at low tide and there’s a nearby cafe and restaurant for refreshments.
Stay in Freshwater East
Pretty Solva offers an idyllic day out strolling around its pleasant harbour and browsing its shops. Explore the beach, stream and rock pools at low tide, catching fish, crab and shrimp. Head to one of the local restaurants for a delicious meal after all your wandering.
Stay in Solva
The Preseli Mountains
The beautiful Preseli Mountains, or Preseli Hills, are a walker’s dream. Discover a wild range of plants, moorland and heath on your travels through these mysterious mountains. Walk to Foel Eryr for some spectacular 360-degree panoramic views, looking out towards Ireland and Snowdonia on a clear day. Or, if you're feeling even more adventurous, then hike The Golden Road, an ancient 8-mile track.
Carn Menyn can also be found in the Preseli Hills; it's a special rocky outcrop and its dolerite rock is the famous bluestone that was used to build the inner ring of Stonehenge.
Stay in Goodwick
Stay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Inspired to visit Pembrokeshire and explore its amazing national park? We have lots of coastal cottages in Pembrokeshire for you to enjoy, from sea-view apartments to village retreats and cosy Pembrokeshire lodges. After a long day of discovery, relax and enjoy all the creature comforts in this special corner of Wales.
Stay in Pembrokeshire
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