Holidays in West Wales
CASTELL HENLLYS IRON AGE FORT - For a chance to step back in time and experience a prehistoric adventure for the whole family, take a trip over to the North of Pembrokeshire’s magnificent Preseli Hills to visit the Iron Age Fort of Castell Henllys. Set within 26 acres of woodland on excavated remains from over 2000 years ago, Castell Henllys is described as the most authentic Iron Age reconstruction in Britain and today offers a unique opportunity for visitors to Pembrokeshire to live like a Celt for the day, leaving their modern day technologies behind. Run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Castell Henllys is a hive of activity entertaining and educating individuals, couples and families of every age through events and guided tours.
TENBY MUSEUM and ART GALLERY - Tenby Museum & Art Gallery nestles neatly on top of the old living quarters of Tenby’s medieval castle, overlooking the stunning blue flag Castle Beach and with clear views to nearby Caldey Island. This unique location is quite possibly the most spectacular venue for any site of public interest and as an ambassador for preserving and promoting the story of Tenby to Pembrokeshire visitors and locals, the museum’s owners couldn’t have chosen a better purpose. Established in 1878, the building is the oldest independent museum in Wales. Wheelchair accessible from the top of Castle Hill, its exterior looks deceivingly small but inside is rich with stories and artefacts for all to enjoy.
NARBERTH MUSEUM - The perfect day out if looking for wet weather activities - Narberth Museum boasts a number of facilities including, An extensive exhibition space which tells the story of the town and its’ people over the centuries, whilst there is also a temporary exhibition area that gives you the opportunity to view items in the museum’s collection that are not on permanent display. It also allows the museum to host visiting exhibitions and to vary the Narberth Museum experience.
THE WELSH NATIONAL CORACLE CENTRE, CENARTH FALLS - Deep amongst the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, approximately 10 miles East of Cardigan and neighbouring Cenarth’s famous ‘Salmon Leap Falls’ lies the National Coracle Centre. This small and quirky place of interest stores pockets of fascinating facts and stories about the World’s oldest form of water transport, dating back to the early Bronze Age (perhaps as far as the Ice Age) that is known as the Coracle. Granted, ‘coracle’ is not the most commonly used word in our ‘modes of water transport’ glossary, so what exactly is it and what is it for? A coracle is a small, keel-less boat traditionally made from a basketwork frame and covered with animal hide to create a waterproof exterior
SCOLTON MANOR COUNTY MUSEUM - Amongst 60 acres of spectacular park and woodland just 5 miles North of Haverfordwest, sits Scolton Manor County Museum. Its exhibits are housed in and around the stable block, exhibition hall and country house of Scolton Manor, a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed mansion owned and run by Pembrokeshire County Council since 1972. The museum, alongside many of Scolton Manor’s other facilities and attractions provides a fun and memorable day out for the family on a rainy day, with a fine day enabling visitors to take advantage of the beautifully landscaped gardens that flood the estate grounds rich with colour from edge to edge.
DYLAN THOMAS' BOATHOUSE, LAUGHARNE - Perched discreetly on the banks of the Taf estuary, 14 miles West of Carmarthen and approximately a 10 minute walk from Laugharne village sits the Dylan Thomas Boathouse, idyllic home and artistic haven to the famous 20th century writer Dylan Thomas until his passing in 1953. This majestic two storey Boathouse and stilt-built Writing Shed from which Dylan produced some of his most celebrated works is now a Heritage Centre for locals and visitors to Carmarthenshire who are keen to directly experience Dylan’s sources of inspiration and to retrace his footsteps along the winding cliff path, now aptly renamed Dylan’s Walk.
SUNDERLAND TRUST, PEMBROKE DOCK - Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre is home to the history and heritage of Pembroke Dock and the surrounding area. The displays focus on the military, maritime and social history of this town. The Heritage Centre is an all-weather attraction for the whole family.