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Pembrokeshire is arguably one of the most beautiful areas of Wales; its coastal landscape in particular has drawn in not only tourists but film crews too, with some of the scenes from the final book of the Harry Potter franchise being filmed there. A stay in one of our Pembrokeshire cottages is perfect for visiting this famous coastline and exploring the other fascinating local areas.
The area features dramatic coastlines and some of the country’s best beaches, so it comes as no surprise that Pembrokeshire is great for outdoor leisure activities such as climbing, kayaking, scuba diving and windsurfing, and our Pembrokeshire cottages are the ideal place to come back to after a long day outdoors. These are just some of the outdoor activities that are available to visitors, and some of the providers for them not only allow you to enjoy a great day out, but go beyond this by offering you the opportunity to have a high-quality, freshly caught seafood BBQ afterwards. Perhaps the most popular of all the activities available is surfing, and the best surfing beaches that you might find on Pembrokeshire cottage holidays are Newgale, Whitesands, Freshwater West and Tenby.
A great way of experiencing Pembrokeshire’s beautiful coastline in a more relaxing fashion is to take one of the wildlife boat trips to Cardigan Island, Mwnt or Aberporth. Trips can be an hour or longer and are great for wildlife enthusiasts since the area is one of the most prolific for bottlenose dolphin sightings in Europe. They are not the only animal that can be seen on these boat trips though; porpoises, seals and gannets also occupy the area. Aside from the wildlife, simply exploring the shores of Pembrokeshire by boat is a first-class adventure.
Pembrokeshire cottage holidays would not be complete without a visit to Pembroke Castle, the famous birthplace of Henry VII. It has a maze of passages and towers and sits beautifully on the banks of the River Cleddau. Views from the 75ft high Great Keep are definitely worth a visit. Take a step down and you can explore Wogan cave; Pembroke castle is the only castle in Britain that is built over a natural cavern. There are a few more castles to visit in the Pembrokeshire area, just one of which is Haverfordwest castle, an ancient construction with a colourful history full of attempts to destroy it. As a result, only its ruins remain standing. There is plenty of history in the area and it can be a fascinating place to spend some time for many of those who choose to stay in Pembrokeshire cottages.
One of the most interesting towns to visit in Pembrokeshire is Tenby, a walled seaside town on the south coast. Parts of these 13th century walls remain and are a treat to see, particularly the Five Arches barbican gatehouse. One of the top 5 ghost walks in Britain, as voted by the Sunday Times, happens in Tenby and provides some interesting insight into Tenby’s past; for instance, half of its population died in 1650 due to a plague epidemic. Aside from visiting the town itself, Tenby provides the perfect base for exploring the rest of Pembrokeshire as Tenby cottages lie in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the beautiful coast path, as do Saundersfoot cottages.
This is just a taste of what’s on offer in Pembrokeshire, but it demonstrates that there is much to discover in the area; whether you’re after an action-packed or relaxing holiday, there is something for everyone.
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