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Pembroke (Wales)

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Pembroke [1] (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 of Penfro: Pen = "head" or "end", and bro = "region", "country", "land", and so it means essentially "Land's End".

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By rail[edit]

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

By bus[edit]

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

  • National Express [2]
  • Arriva Trains Wales [3]

By sea[edit]

Irish Ferries [4] from Rosslare in Ireland arrive at Pembroke Dock, a separate town about 3km to the north of Pembroke.

Get around[edit]

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

  • Bus routes for Pembrokeshire [5]

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  • Pembroke Castle [6] This castle is a must see for visitors of 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 towers and walls are intact. It's even the birthplace of King Henry VII, and is depicted in his tower.

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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 round 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, 111, The Anchorage, 113 and Tudor House 115. 111 (Penfro) was built as the town house 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 corner stone 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. There is also the Flying Boat Visitor Centre at Pembroke Dock, which is free entrance and run by volunteers. The museum is dedicated to the Sunderland Flying Boats which were moored here during World War II. The remains of one of the flying boats lies under the water in Pembroke Dock after it sank during a storm in 1940.[7]

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

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Penfro at 111 Main Street, Pembroke, SA71 4DB Tel 01646 682753 [8] info@penfro.co.uk 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.
  • Beech House Pembroke [9], 78 Main Street Pembroke. Tel: +44 1646 683740. Pembroke's oldest and one of the most popular bed and breakfasts located in the heart of the town center. Convenient for both bus and rail travel.

Get out[edit]

The ferry to Rosslare in Ireland takes just under 4 hours from Pembroke Dock.



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