Pembroke Castle was built in 1701 by Roger Montgomery who was the cousin of William The Conquerer and is perfectly located on the banks of the River Cleddau in South Wales.
The Castle is an impressive stronghold that has stayed largely undamaged by the rigours of battle. The exterior is a picture perfect image of a castle, just how any child would draw it with fortress walls and tall towers. The River makes a natural moat around the castle reflecting its glory in the waters.
Inside the Pembroke Castle
A series of caverns, passageways and spiral stone staircases make up the inside and are a lot of fun to explore with the children. The displays include Coats of Arms alongside carvings and re-creations of Tudor life. Try your hand at brass rubbing – this pastime gained popularity in the 17th Century and involves laying a piece of paper on a monumental brass and rubbing the paper with a crayon until the image appears. It’s great fun and a terrific souvenir of your day at Pembroke Castle!
Outside the Pembroke Castle
As well as offering its visitors views of the river mouth from St Anne’s Bastion the castle has great walks along the castle walls and fantastic picnic spots in the sumptuous grounds.
Although a visit in the colder months has its own attractions, the Castle really comes in to its own during the summer. There is a programme of special events, so why not tie in your visit with a Black Mountains Falconry display or experience the life of 17th Century mercenary soldiers? The days happily flow in to evenings where the Castle is the setting for outdoor performances of Shakespeare in the magnificent grounds.
Highlight of the Day
Walking the Castle walls and getting a great view of the castle site in its entirety and across the surrounding countryside…as well as tiring out little legs!
Nearest train station : Pembroke
Car parking : public parking available
Website : www.pembroke-castle.co.uk