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Pembroke Castle

Discover the halls of an 11th-century Norman castle, meet the royal residents that shaped British and Welsh history, and watch battle reenactments.

Visit Pembroke Castle to explore ancient battlements, keeps and towers and find exhibitions that retell its almost thousand-year history. Norman invaders established Pembroke Castle in 1093 on a promontory overlooking Pembroke River. William Marshall, the Earl of Pembroke, developed the castle in 1189, turning it into today’s imposing landmark. It has been the home to the Tudor and Stuart families and was the birthplace of Henry VII, King of England.

Allow the best part of a day when visiting the castle, its rooms and exhibitions. Note how all of the rooms have circular designs. Admire the gatehouse and the remains of its barbican, which once possessed three portcullises. Climb to the top of the 75-feet (23-meter) keep to enjoy views across Pembroke and toward Milford Haven.

Meet actors dressed as the various Earls of Pembroke and learn about their influence on British history Among these are the castle’s founder, Roger de Montgomery, and William Marshall, often described as the greatest knight of the Middle Ages.

As you wander between the many rooms, keep an eye out for a portrayal of the birth of Henry VII. See a lifelike creation of a 13th-century feast held by the French knight William de Valence. Peer down into a medieval dungeon and check out a representation of a battle during the English Civil War.  

Go to the castle’s inner courtyard to find The Great Map of Wales. This huge walk-on map displays the strategic positioning of important Welsh landmarks such as castles and cathedrals.

Be sure to check the castle’s schedule of daily events. They range from bird of prey flying demonstrations to Christmas markets. Watch dueling knights and get the chance to hold battle weapons. Children will enjoy dressing up and being part of processions at the Merrymakers Knight School.

Pembroke Castle sits in the heart of Pembroke’s town center. Parking is available, for a fee, just a 5-minute walk from the castle. Pembroke train station is about a 15-minute walk away.

The castle is open daily, except for select public holidays, and there’s an admission fee. A free guided tour is included with the admission fee.


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Old Kings Arms Hotel ¥9,255
Old Kings Arms Hotel

Old Kings Arms Hotel

13 Main Street, Pembroke, Wales
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pembroke Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle. Tenby Beach and Tenby Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km). Pembroke Station is 10 minutes by foot.

    High Noon Guest House ¥9,578
    High Noon Guest House

    High Noon Guest House

    Lower Lamphey Road, Pembroke, Wales
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Pembroke, this bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      The Middlegate Hotel ¥8,323
      The Middlegate Hotel

      The Middlegate Hotel

      43 Main Street, Pembroke, Wales
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Pembroke, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Pembroke Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Freshwater East Beach and Manorbier Castle. Dinosaur Park and Tenby Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km). Pembroke Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Westgate House 5
        Westgate House 5

        Westgate House 5

        The Parade, Pembroke, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Pembroke, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 12 minutes by foot.

          Westgate House 6
          Westgate House 6

          Westgate House 6

          The Parade, Pembroke, Wales
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pembroke, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            The Coach House Hotel
            The Coach House Hotel

            The Coach House Hotel

            116, Main Street, Pembroke, Wales
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Pembroke, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa ¥10,089
              Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

              Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

              Lamphey, Tenby, Pembroke, Wales
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Pembroke, this spa hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Freshwater East Beach. Lamphey Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Lovesgrove Country Guest House ¥9,227
                Lovesgrove Country Guest House

                Lovesgrove Country Guest House

                Bangeston Hall, Pembroke, Wales
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Pembroke, this guesthouse is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Pembroke Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lamphey Bishop's Palace and Carew Castle. Freshwater East Beach and Manor House Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).