From top to bottom, east to west, Pembrokeshire’s landscape is peppered with an array of different heritage sites, from mysterious prehistoric tombs to medieval castles and even Celtic religious shrines. As well as traditional ‘motte-and-bailey‘s, and castles with turrets and towers, there are some surprisingly unique places to visit, view and explore.
Take Carew Castle, for example. A traditional structure with half moat built into the foundations and backed onto a 23-acre millpond. An excellent and well-preserved example of a medieval castle, as is Pembroke Castle, just a few miles West. Steeped in history, it was the birthplace of Henry VII in 1457 and casts an auspicious and towering presence over the principal county town.
As an alternative to castles, but still shrouded in heritage, as much as mystery, are sites like Pentre Ifan, in the North of the county. It is the largest and best-preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales, and dates back to 3500BC. Originally, it would have been used as an ancient burial chamber. Or again, consider St Catherine’s Island and Fort. Whilst not medieval or ancient, it dates back to the Napoleonic era of the 19th Century and the impressive structure, which is only accessible during lower tides, was commissioned to defend the shores of the United Kingdom.