Pembrokeshire and West Wales Guide


Pembrokeshire and West Wales are well known for their panoramic coastal scenery and award-winning beaches which have been designated as safe for bathing. There are big beaches, small beaches, sandy beaches, popular beaches and even beaches that are so remote that they can only be reached by foot!

Pembrokeshire also boasts Britain’s only coastal National Park, and one of only three in Wales (the others being Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons). The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path goes through the National Park and stands at an impressive 186 miles, going through the glorious countryside and along picturesque cliff tops.

Found within the Pembrokeshire National Park, St David’s was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II. You may think that ‘city’ means a high population, but uniquely, it is the smallest city in Britain with a population of only around 1,600!

Pembrokeshire and West Wales is not only known for its sandy beaches, national park and various watersports, but also for its marine mammals. Cardigan Bay has the largest pod of dolphins in Europe, estimated at more than 250 after a dolphin baby boom! Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals are the most popular mammals found within these waters. They aren’t shy when it comes to visitors, and if you go between April and November, this is the most likely time that you will find them frolicking in the sea. Although they can be seen from one of the many beaches that open out onto Cardigan Bay, there are many boat trips in the area which will take you up close and personal to these beautiful mammals.

No matter how long you stay in a Pembrokeshire self-catering cottage, your holiday will be full of activities that will keep all ages entertained.


Coasteering in Pembrokeshire

Attractions and Activities

Theme parks to coasteering, heritage railways to botanical gardens this popular area if Wales has so much choice of things to do you will have to come back to visit time and again!

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Aberporth Beach in West Wales


Relax on exquisite beaches in Pembrokeshire and West Wales, and take the opportunity to see our fantastic dolphins - we have the largest pod of dolphins in Europe!

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Impressive Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire

Castles & Gardens

Although Pembrokeshire and West Wales are more well known for their picturesque coastlines, there is also an abundance of castles and gardens that shouldn't be missed out when visiting the area.

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Cardigan Festival in West Wales


With farmer's markets, craft stalls, big foodie events and a wide range of festivals, Pembrokeshire and West Wales have it all!

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Trefloyne Golf Club near Tenby in Pembrokeshire

Golf Courses and Clubs

Many of the golf courses in Pembrokeshire and West Wales are situated along the striking coastline, so enjoy your game with magnificent views of the surrounding blue sea.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway in Pembrokeshire

Heritage Railways

The heritage railways in Pembrokeshire and West Wales vary from a narrow gauge line to an electric cliff railway.

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Cyclists pedaling along a road near Aberaeron in West Wales


Biking trails in Pembrokeshire & West Wales offer plenty of options, particularly for families and novice riders with some relatively easy trails winding their way through beautiful surroundings and dotted with historical points of interest.

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Dyfi Estuary one of the nature reserves in Wales

Nature Reserves

Pembrokeshire and West Wales are well known for their bird life on islands situated just off shore, and their beautiful nature reserves. Have a look here for more information on this magnificent area.

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