Pembroke, one time county town of Pembrokeshire, is packed full of history.
There is where Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle, and where Monkton Priory was built. Its oldest building dates back to around 1000AD, and there are fascinating ruins and remains across the town from various different periods of history.
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Surfing and paddle boarding are hugely popular activities in Pembroke, and whether you’re a beginner or an expert you will be able to find a guide to help you or a place to rent boards and wetsuits.
Pembroke Castle is a fascinating place with a true sense of history, and St Govan’s Chapel (the Irish hermit and monk who died in 586AD is said to have lived on the spot where the chapel was later built) is a strange and haunting building. Another superb historical building in the area is Lamphey Bishop’s Palace. This 600 year old structure is just as beautiful today as it ever was.
And if you enjoy a good spot of fishing, why not hire a boat or join in on a day trip to see if you can find the catch of the day?
Ferries from Pembroke Dock
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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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The Dockyard, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6TD, United Kingdom
Pembroke Dock sits on the southern banks of the Cleddau estuary and sits to the west of the historic town of Pembroke. It's a fair distance from the M4 motorway (approximately 50 miles (about 80 kilometres)) but the roads connecting the two are good, with plenty of single and dual carriageways. This route has undergone recent renovation works to better cater for the ferry traffic.
Pembroke Dock ferry terminal sits to the south of Haverfordwest on the South Western tip of Wales. Popular seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot are around 12 miles (about 19 kilometres) away.
To get to the M4, the motorway that runs through South Wales and across to London, you must first travel south on the A477 to St Clears. Take the A40 east through to Carmarthen and then the A48 through to the M4 motorway.
Short term parking is available outside the main Terminal Building but be aware that the length of stay is restricted to 20 minutes. It is available free of charge though.
Long term parking for approximately 35 cars is available a short distance from the terminal building and in May 2016 this was available free of charge. A height restriction bar is set across the entrance to prevents caravans and campervans from using this car park.
Getting there by coach
National Express have a coach stop located on London Road near the Tesco superstore. This is around 1.5 miles (about 2 kilometres) from the port so you may need to catch a taxi or local service bus unless you've packed light and fancy a brisk walk.
The National Express service to Pembroke Dock is service 508 which connects London to Haverfordwest via Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Tenby. Book your tickets here.
Eurolines operates service 890 is the direct link into Ireland, with a coach departing London through South Wales. It stops at Pembroke Dock town and at the port prior to sailing across the Irish Sea on a ferry. The service then calls at Waterford, Cork, and Tralee, before terminating at Limerick. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
Pembroke Dock has a train station located around distance]1[/distance] from the ferry terminal. It has a small number of local daily services to Carmarthen and Swansea.
The journey time from Cardiff is around 3¼ hours. Birmingham is around 5¼ hours away and London is 15 minutes further away. Those travelling from Edinburgh can do it in as little as 10½ hours although some services take an eye-watering 18½ hours. Plan your journey here.