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Manorbier is a lovely seaside village with a superb sandy cove popular with surfers and a fine medieval castle overlooking the bay. Located west of the town of Tenby and south east of Pembroke. The journey to Manorbier takes you through Pembrokeshire's beautiful countryside, with colourful hedgerows. Once in the village you will find a medieval castle, a Norman church, a dog friendly pub, a post office/general store and a tea room.
Manorbier Castle has a stunning location perched above the beach; a well preserved masonry, chapel, round tower and gatehouse; numerous stairs, towers, rooms and battlements to explore and an inner ward laid out to gardens.
Also in the village are the restored Bier House and a dovecote below the castle walls. On the Coast Path to the east is The King's Quoit, a stone cromlech on the coast path overlooking the bay. It is connected by the 349 bus service to Haverfordwest. Pembroke and Tenby all of which have a railway station.
The original town of Tenby was called Dinbych y Pysgod (little town of fishes) and was established by the Normans as a fortified Town. Most of the old town walls remain, enclosing the medieval town behind them. The narrow cobbled streets and medieval houses add to Tenby’s charm today.
Tenby has three great beaches, North, South and Castle, each with its own character.
The local tourist guide offers a variety of walks around the town – the best one being the ghost walk!
Tenby boasts two golf courses – Tenby Golf Club (champion links course and the other at Trefloyne Manor.)
Regular boat trips run from Tenby harbour to Caldey Island when the tide is in. The island is owned by monks of The Cistercian Order and has an active monastery. It offers a 12th Century Priory, Museum, Perfume Shop and Tea Gardens.
Other boat trips are offered from Tenby Harbour including sea fishing as well as a chance to see the caves at Lydstep.
Pembroke is a unique medieval walled town complete with a magnificent Norman castle, Millpond, Castle Pond and Commons area.
The Castle was the birthplace of Henry VII and very impressive. They offer family friendly activities such as Falconry Days, Monty Python meets Horrible Histories and Dragon Day.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path close to Manorbier
Louis Okwedy Sculptures at Manorbier Castle
Louis Okwedy Sculptures at Manorbier Castle
Freshwater West Take care on this beach as has a strong under current but well worth the visit
AROUND OUR PARK
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
Close to Manorbier and apart from visiting the ruined castle offers activities for all – how to shoot a longbow and learn how to weave.
Castle Henllys – Iron Age Village where you can walk in the footsteps of the Demetae Tribe.
Folly Farm Adventure Park - Close to Tenby, Folly Farm is six fun-filled amusement and activity zones indoors and outside.
Oakwood Theme Park - Five large thrill rides: Megafobia, Vertigo, Bounce, Drenched and Speed. Blue Lagoon Water Park is right next door for those wet days or try 5 Hanger Five – the new indoor Trampoline Park.
Heatherton - Close to Manorbier – Family Fun including Bumper Boats, Lazer Clays, Baseball, Walk on Water, Body Zorbes, Archery and Go Carts to name but a few. For the more adventurous they offer Paintball, Treetop Trail and a Rock Climbing Wall.
Gardens – A couple are well worth a visit: Stackpole Walled Gardens – 6 acre garden used for food production and Picton Castle – 13th Castle surrounded by 40 acre gardens.
Fishing – The whole area offers Freshwater Trout and of course plenty of Sea fishing trips.
Boat Trips & Wildlife – Seals and Seabirds can be seen walking the coastal path. You can also take a boat trip to Skomer to see the Puffins and Skokholm and Grossholm where more Sea Birds and Dolphins can be seen.
Other Outdoor Activities – If you are really adventurous the area offers Climbing, Coasteering, Canoeing, Kayaking and Diving. Why not learn how to surf on Manorbier Beach?
There are also 5 Riding Schools suitable for all ages and abilities.
Arts/Crafts – There are plenty of Museums – Tenby Museum and Art Gallery and the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre to name a couple. We have a range of local artists from glass makers to potters to jewellery designers.
A few recommendations re food
There are a variety of food venues but here are a few of our recommendations which we have eaten at recently:
Waves – Lystep
Fabulous views and great food
Ocean – Tenby Harbour
Great setting and good food
Plantagenet House Restaurant – Tenby
Expensive but worth every penny
Park Road Fish & Chip Shop – Tenby
Take away and eat in
Everything cooked fresh but the wait is worth it
South Beach Bar & Grill
South Beach Tenby
Coast – Saundersfoot
Michelin Star Chef Will Holland
Expensive but fabulous food
Food @ Williams – Pembroke
Cafe Môr? – Freshwater West
Award winning street food
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