There is so much to explore in and
around Fishguard and the north of this mystical county.
Legends and myths abound, enticing you to venture into
an ancient Celtic past. Investigate medieval castles,
Neolithic megalithic monuments and Iron Age coastal
promontory forts. Discover ritual sites dating back
to the Bronze Age. The traditions of these early people
are enshrined in the place names and extraordinary folk
tales, especially that connected with King Arthur. We
have mentioned only a few of these historical sites
below. Please click on our links page to explore more
detailed sites for information on all of Pembrokeshire
and Wales’ heritage.
Pentre Ifan is a magnificent Neolithic burial chamber
dating from around 3000 BC and is widely considered
to be the largest and finest in Pembrokeshire. It can
be found outside Newport, following signs from A487,
just a few miles from Fishguard. The chambers, or cromlechs,
consisted of several upright stone columns, with a huge
capstone positioned as a roof on top, which were covered
in earth or with stones to form an enormous mound.
Carreg Samson is a Neolithic Cromlech located at Ty
Hir (long house) farm, overlooking the village of Abercastle.
It has the look of a large table and the legendary Samson
is supposed to have lifted the capstone with his little
finger! Perhaps you can stop off here on your way to
may remember the BBC series, ‘Surviving the Iron
Age’ in 2001. Its location was the reconstructed
Iron Age hillfort at Castell Henllys,
just outside Newport on the A487 from Fishguard. Once
inside this ancient settlement you get a real sense
of Celtic life from the time before Roman occupation
in Britain. Simply absorb the atmosphere, learn from
the demonstrations about every day activities such as
wattle and daubing, or enjoy one of the many festivals
that recreate the spirit of the past.
your visit to Castell Henllys with a trip to the beautiful
village of Nevern nearby. Very little
remains of its medieval castle dating back to the 12th
Century, but the village church, St Brynach, boasts
a magnificent 10th Century Celtic Cross and a 5th Century
stone. There is also a remarkable avenue of Yew Trees
in the churchyard, in particular the second on the right,
a 700 year old ‘Bleeding Tree’. Blood-red
resin drips continuously from a place where a branch
was once removed and some believe it will bleed until
a Welshman occupies the castle on the hill again.
A visit to Cilgerran Castle takes you to an absolutely
stunning location, at the very tip of northern Pembrokeshire.
Its imposing twin round towers and a sense of the great
figures, such as Roger de Montgomery and Gerald de Windsor,
that marched through it, make Cilgerran well worth a
visit. There are many attractions nearby such as the
Welsh Wildlife Centre and Cenarth with its Coracle museum
and working 17th Century flour mill. You can really
step back in time with nearby Carn Menyn, the source
of the famous Stonehenge bluestones.