You will be surprised how much you can pack into 48 hours in Pembrokeshire. Take some inspiration from our suggested itineraries.
Spend the day in Tenby. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at one of the town’s many cafes. Stuck for ideas? Try the Fushia Caffe, on Upper Frog Street. It is usually popular with those seeking a full Welsh breakfast or vegan options. Energised, you can walk off some of that food with a stroll around the colourful coastal town’s independent boutiques and big-name stores.
Find time to head to The Nook, on St Julian’s Street, where you can spend time browsing the eclectic mix of, hand-made products on offer – including homeware, jewellery and childrenswear. Head to the shops sister boutique on the High Street, The Cranny, for a fantastic selection of the finest artisanal cheese, nibbles and gins. If all that shopping has left you feeling peckish then end your shopping spree with lunch at Hope & Anchor, on St Julian’s Street, before making your way towards Tenby Harbour.
Squeeze in a bit of history by visiting all that remains of Tenby Castle on the hill – the small tower. The castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century and is said to have been captured by the Welsh in 1153. You can find out more about its history, as well as a raft of fascinating facts about the town’s past, at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
Got time to spare? Enjoy the fresh sea air by taking a stroll around North Beach and the harbour – the fantastic views of Tenby’s waterways and its colourful town houses are excellent photo opportunities. For dinner, try the Salt Cellar – an award-winning eatery on the esplanade with two AA rosettes.
Set your alarm early for a day exploring Pembrokeshire’s extraordinary wildlife. Trips to Skomer Island run between April and September. There is a daily limit of 250 visitors on the island and tickets tend to sell fast so get to Lockley Lodge, in Marloes, ahead of its 8.30am opening for the best chance of securing a landing ticket.
Alternatively, there are private companies offering island cruises or ‘sea safaris’ that take in the scenery of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm. Whichever option you choose, you’ll need a good breakfast before you embark so after securing your tickets grab a bite at Marloes Village Store’s cafe, which is just a few minutes away from Martin’s Haven by car.
The key to visiting the islands is to be prepared. Dress appropriately and take binoculars, a camera and cash to cover the crossing fee to Skomer. You can’t buy food on the island either, so best to pack a picnic. On Skomer, there are plenty of walking trails to explore as you admire the views, wildlife and historic monuments. Head first to the middle of the island where the visitor’s centre outlines the island’s history, which dates to prehistoric times.
Skomer is home to Britain’s largest undisturbed prehistoric Iron Age settlement. From the visitor centre, head around the cliffs to the Wick, where you’ll find most of the puffins. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for seals and dolphins when you reach the Garland Stone too.
Later in the afternoon, having crossed back to the mainland, there’s just time to head into Dale village for something warm to eat or drink. The Griffin Inn is a popular local pub that serves food and local ales. Perfect.
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