The county town of Pembrokeshire has a population of 13,400 and serves as the main market town for the area. It received its first charter in the early C12th and traded both by land and sea, with a busy tidal quay on the Western Cleddau.
Haverfordwest Castle was established during Norman times but much that remains today dates from the late C13th including several towers on the south-east and south-west corners, a well preserved shell of the inner ward and curtain wall and the outside wall. Haverfordwest Museum is situated in the former prison governor's house within the walls of the castle and illustrates both the history of the castle and town with a complete list of mayors from 1563.
3 miles east of Haverfordwest is the C13th Picton castle surrounded by extensive woodland gardens in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park close to the Cleddau Estuary. Here are some of the largest and oldest trees in West Wales, an enchanting walled garden with fountain, formal borders, a large herb collection, maze, beautiful woodland shrubs and unique rhododendrons.
Also, east of the town is Clerkenhill Adventure Farm. Situated to the north-east of Haverfordwest, Scolton Manor is Pembrokeshire's Museum and the Victorian manor house, stable block and exhibition hall feature many displays illustrating the history of the county. There are a number of exhibits and various shops such as the Gwalia Stores, a village shop which closed in the 1980's and was dismantled and rebuilt at Scolton.
The Manor has a Visitor Centre where the displays focus on green issues and the wildlife of the 60 acres of park and woodland. Further in the same direction is Llys y Fran Reservoir & Country Park which covers 350 acres; the land surrounding the reservoir consists of grasslands and woodland and a 6.5 mile track circles the reservoir. Fishing from either the bank or from a boat is available and the Park has a Visitor Centre.
The Pembrokeshire Motor Museum is located at Keeston, 4 miles north-west of Haverfordwest and contains over 40 cars forming a history of the motor car from veteran to classic cars. A little further in the St David's direction is Hilton Court, a transformation of open fields and woodlands into 12 acres of outstanding gardens; the island beds and borders contain a wide variety of unusual plants. Expanses of water and ponds, wild areas, a stream and waterfalls all add to the interest of this unique garden. Hilton Court includes a gallery, pottery, shops, tea room and a restaurant converted from the stable outbuildings around an idyllic Victorian courtyard.
West of Haverfordwest is St Brides Bay with three coastal villages - Nolton Haven with a sheltered cove with high cliffs on both sides and a small beach, Broad Haven (population 1,300) with a sandy beach for both bathing and surfing and the quaint former fishing village of Little Haven. South-west of Little Haven are the villages of Dale, a local centre for sailing, and Marloes, which has a superb sandy beach to the south.
Skomer Island lies just off the westerly tip of the Marloes peninsula - an island of sheltered bays, exposed headlands, offshore rocks and shaded inlets. In the centre of the island is a ruined farm and an education room and interpretation centre can be found here. Skomer is home to 6,000 pairs of puffins, 10,000 pairs of guillemots and no less than 120,000 pairs of Manx shearwaters; boat trips to or around the island run out of Martin's Haven.
Skokholm Island is located to the south of Skomer and is of international importance for its breeding seabirds. Grey Seals are present in the waters around the island throughout the year and can be seen daily basking on rocks at low water. The island is roughly a mile in length and half a mile across at its widest point; it is bounded by cliffs that rise from 70ft in the north-east to 160ft in the south-west with a coastline of deep bays and gullies. Day trips to the island are available from Martin's Haven.