Experience the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park holiday cottages

Experience the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Laura 13 July 2022

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, fantastic food, and dazzling shores 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. Take a peek at our guide to things to do in beautiful Pembrokeshire or outdoor activities in Pembrokeshire for even more inspiration. 

Pembrokeshire's award-winning beaches frequently make the lists of the top-rated beaches in the world and are dotted around the captivating Pembrokeshire coast. If traveling with your four-legged friend then be sure to take a look at our guide to dog-friendly beaches in Pembrokeshire.

Stay in this beautiful coastal county with one of our comfortable handpicked cottages and enjoy all the delights Pembrokeshire has to offer. 

Commonly asked questions about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park:

  • Pembrokeshire is famous for its gorgeous beaches, captivating cliffs, incredible islands and wonderful wildlife. 
  • The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also the UK’s only coastal national park!
  • The US National Geographic Traveler magazine rated the Pembrokeshire coast one of the top two coastal destinations in the world

  • The length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is 186 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world! 
  • The Pembrokeshire coastline is 261 miles in total.
  • 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.

  • The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north.

Our favourite parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park:

The Green Bridge of 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

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

Carew Castle

Carew Castle

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. 

Pentre Ifan

 Pentre Ifan

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

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. 

Check out our guide to breathtaking Pembrokeshire walks for a breakdown of the coast path sections and our favourite highlights. 

Pembrokeshire wildlife

Pembrokeshire puffin

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?



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

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 are plenty of ice cream flavours to choose from to delight every tastebud. 


Newgale Beach

Newgale is a vast stretch of golden sand backed by a pretty pebble bank. The views down to this beautiful beach are not to be missed! 

A perfect spot for sunset watching and surfing, Newgale is also a great family-friendly beach with nearby facilities including parking, toilets and a traditional country pub. 

Freshwater East

Freshwater East

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. 



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. 

The Preseli Mountains

Carn Menyn

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.

Map of our Pembrokeshire Coast National Park favourites

Enjoy a day exploring and plan your route to these top places in Pembrokeshire.

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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. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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