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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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Lodging Near Pembroke Castle

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$83
Lovesgrove Country Guest House

Lovesgrove Country Guest House

Bangeston Hall, Pembroke
4.8
of 5, from 63 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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).

$78
The Middlegate Hotel

The Middlegate Hotel

43 Main Street, Pembroke
3.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

House in the Center of Pembroke With Parking, Washing Machine

House in the Center of Pembroke With Parking, Washing Machine

10 The Parade, Pembroke SA71 4LD, UK, Pembroke
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pembroke, this vacation home 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).

House in the Center of Pembroke With Parking, Washing Machine

House in the Center of Pembroke With Parking, Washing Machine

10 The Parade, Pembroke SA71 4LD, UK, Pembroke
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pembroke, this vacation home 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).

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

9 Rocky Park, Castle Quay, Pembroke,, Pembroke
0.0 out of 5.0

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).

$81
Eaton House

Eaton House

108 Main Street, Pembroke
4.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pembroke, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Freshwater East Beach and Carew Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$78
Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

Lamphey, Pembroke
3.9
of 5, from 28 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lamphey, this spa hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Freshwater East Beach.

$66
Cleddau Bridge Hotel

Cleddau Bridge Hotel

Essex Road, Pembroke Dock
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Neyland, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 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 9 mi (15 km).