Located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Fishguard (Abergwaun in Welsh, which means ‘mouth of the River Gwaun’) was once a hamlet that has, over time, grown into a town.
It is divided into two parts, known locally as Lower Town (Lower Fishguard) and the main town of Fishguard itself. Between the two halves is a winding hill with a spectacularly steep incline – climbing it is an excellent way of keeping fit!
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Perhaps surprisingly, the activity that Fishguard is most well known for is kayaking. Hire a kayak and safety equipment or join a tour and see how you fare on the currents and white water of the River Gwaun. As well as water sports, Fishguard’s Last Invasion tapestry, which has been compared favourably to the Bayeux Tapestry, must be seen when in the area. This 30 metre tapestry tells the tale of the last ever invasion of mainland Britain; it happened in 1797 when 1,400 French soldiers landed in Fishguard to attack. They surrendered just two days later. The Royal Oak Pub – which is still a pub today – was where the surrender was signed.
Other activities include the Gwaun Valley Brewery which holds tastings and tours, Fishguard’s extensive artisan market, the antiques centre, and the Dyffryn Fernant Gardens.
Ferries from Fishguard
|Fishguard Rosslare||2 daily||3¼ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Fishguard Harbour, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, SA64 0BU, United Kingdom
Located on the Northern outskirts of Goodwick is Fishguard Harbour. Easily accessed from the A40, it's around 2 miles (about 3 kilometres) from Fishguard itself and around 16 miles (about 26 kilometres) from Haverfordwest to the south and 21 miles (about 34 kilometres) to Cardigan in the East.
To get to the M4, the motorway that runs through South Wales and across to London, you must first travel south on the A40. At Haverfordwest the A40 heads east through to Carmarthen. Here the A48 leads to the start of the M4 motorway.
The A487 leads out of Fishguard to North Wales, travelling through Cardigan and Aberystwyth to Machynlleth. Here the main roads split to join the A470 running northwards to the A55. Alternatively the A458 via Welshpool to Shrewsbury, a stone's throw from the M54 and M6. The A470 runs southwards and links to the A483 at Newtown. This vital road link heads north through Welshpool, Oswestry, and Wrexham to Chester where the M56 serves routes to the north.
There is a long stay car park with around 60 spaces close to the main terminal building. In May 2016 the price of parking in the Pay and Display car park was £7 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
National Express doesn't have a stop in Fishguard although its coaches do use the port for routes into Ireland.
The nearest stop is located in Haverfordwest, around 17 miles (about 27 kilometres) away. You'd either need a very expensive taxi ride to get to the port or you would need to catch the train from Haverfordwest to Fishguard Harbour station.
The sole National Express service to Haverfordwest is service 508 which connects London to the town through Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Tenby. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
Fishguard harbour benefits from having a railway station - Fishguard Harbour - next door connecting it to the rest of South Wales and beyond.
Direct services to Cardiff take around 3 hours. Services to Birmingham on average take around 5½ hours as do services to London. Journeys from Edinburgh can take up to 11¼ hours. Plan your journey here.