community and former county town of Pembrokeshire in West Wales

Pembroke (Welsh: Penfro) is the traditional county town of Pembrokeshire in south-west Wales. However, the administrative centre and de facto county town is Haverfordwest. The town and the county derive their name from that of the cantref, or medieval land division, of Penfro: in Welsh, Pen = "head" or "end", and bro = "region", "country", "land", and so the town's name means essentially "Land's End".

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A477 is just over 50 miles from Swansea.

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1 Pembroke Station is well connected by local rail line to Swansea and Cardiff.

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Public transport to Pembroke also includes both local and national bus lines.

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Map of Pembroke (Wales)

A comprehensive network of local bus services run throughout Pembrokeshire as well as to adjoining counties.

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  • 1 Pembroke Castle. This castle is a must-see for visitors to the area. Situated on the hill overlooking the High St., Pembroke Castle has some breathtaking views of the town. The castle itself is interesting, as the towers and walls are intact. It's even the birthplace of King Henry VII and is depicted in his tower.    
  • 2 Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, Dockyard Chapel, +44 1646 684220. Flying boat centre
  • 3 Carew Castle, Carew, +44 1646 651782.

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There is a very interesting town walk, get a free booklet at the Tourist Office on the Commons. Some of the buildings opposite the castle are medieval, one was the town jail. The walk takes at least an hour and takes you around the points of interest including the Mill Pond and the fantastic original town walls. As part of the walk, you will see a terrace of 3 Georgian townhouses in Main Street; Penfro (No. 111), The Anchorage, (No. 113) and Tudor House (No. 115). Penfro was built as the townhouse for a rich local landowner, John Campbell. This is the man who created the wonderful Bosherston Lily Lakes on the Stackpole Estate. This house is one of the most beautiful and authentic houses in Wales, even most of the front windows are original. In the cornerstone at the front is one of the first stamp machines, which was discovered when refurbishment took place about 20 years ago. The Conservation Area covers most of the original town and has many very interesting houses and buildings. Hamilton House on Main Street appears to be one but is in fact two houses. Lady Hamilton lived in one and Nelson in the other and her husband lived across the street.

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B&Bs: Pembroke has a variety of accommodations, of which B&Bs are plentiful. However just like elsewhere advance reservations are recommended during the summer months.

  • 2 Penfro, 111 Main Street, +44 1646 682753, . Offers three beautiful rooms for bed and breakfast. This Georgian Townhouse is Grade II* Listed (one of only 6 Grade II* buildings in the area) and with original wooden panelling, silk-lined walls, a magnificent Listed staircase is fantastically authentic. Pevsner, the most respected architectural digest calls Penfro 'the crowning glory of Pembroke's domestic architecture'. Large gardens. Delicious, fresh local food.

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The ferry to Rosslare in Ireland takes just under 4 hours from Pembroke Dock. St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, and home to the most important cathedral in Wales, is well worth a visit.

Routes through Pembroke
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