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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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Lamphey Hall Hotel $56
Lamphey Hall Hotel

Lamphey Hall Hotel

Upper Lamphey Road, Pembroke, Wales
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Pembroke, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Pembroke Castle and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 11 minutes by foot and Lamphey Station is 21 minutes.

    Old Kings Arms Hotel
    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 9 mi (15 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.

      Comfortable Urban Residence Within Walking Distance of the City Centre and the Beach at Pembroke
      Comfortable Urban Residence Within Walking Distance of the City Centre and the Beach at Pembroke

      Comfortable Urban Residence Within Walking Distance of the City Centre and the Beach at Pembroke

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        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Rocky Park - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6
        Rocky Park - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6

        Rocky Park - Three Bedroom House, Sleeps 6

        Pembroke, WLS
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Pembroke, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          The Middlegate Hotel $72
          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 9 mi (15 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.

            Cromwell Cottage - One Bedroom Cottage, Sleeps 2
            Cromwell Cottage - One Bedroom Cottage, Sleeps 2

            Cromwell Cottage - One Bedroom Cottage, Sleeps 2

            Pembroke, WLS
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Pembroke, this cottage is close to Pembroke Castle and Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Area attractions also include Freshwater East Beach and Barafundle Bay.

              Waters Edge Retreat on the Mill Pond in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire. West Wales, UK
              Waters Edge Retreat on the Mill Pond in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire. West Wales, UK

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              Pembroke, WLS
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Pembroke vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Pembroke Castle and Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Barafundle Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                East Tower 2193 Pembroke
                East Tower 2193 Pembroke

                East Tower 2193 Pembroke

                Pembroke, WLS
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Pembroke, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Pembroke Station is 7 minutes by foot.