Mini guide to Pembroke
Known as Penfro in Welsh, Pembroke is the county town of Pembrokeshire, a scenic
area in the west of Wales with plenty of historical interest. The region has been
popular as a holiday destination since as far back as the 18th century, however,
in 1972 the coastline was designated as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park,
which has brought extra focus to the area and increased the profile of the town
as a tourist destination.
The town's greatest attraction is Pembroke Castle, a medieval construction
that was once home to King Henry VII. The castle's history is long and troubled
and what remains of it now shows evidence of the onslaught by Cromwell during
the Civil War, at which point its life as a military structure effectively came
to an end. The castle is now open to the public under the care of Cadw.
The town itself is small but no stranger to tourists and has a variety of places
of interest. The Pembrokeshire Glass Blowing Studio provides visitors with the
chance to witness a traditional ancient art as molten glass is crafted into
a range of unique hand blown gifts. Meanwhile Upton Castle Gardens with its
250 different species of trees and shrubs is a popular visitor spot managed
by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Restaurants in Pembroke lean towards the traditional British variety and since
this is a coastal town fish 'n' chips are a popular favourite. There are also
a number of international establishments such as Indian, French and Mexican
eateries. Besides the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the local Welsh pubs
there is nightlife to be found in a good selection of bars and a handful of
Nearby Pembroke Dock is an entirely separate town lying north of Pembroke at
the end of Milford Haven. Take a day trip here to check out the old gun tower
dating back to 1851; this popular landmark now serves as a local museum. Stroll
around the port, which still runs ferries to the Republic of Ireland and is
generally bustling with life and activity.
For those driving to the region, Pembroke and Pembrokeshire are served by the
M4 motorway and the A48 and A40. Both Pembroke and Pembroke Dock have train
stations with connections to a variety of UK destinations, while Cardiff provides
the town's closest air connection.
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