This country town in Pembrokeshire is the administrative center of Wales, and its rich history is evident in the various awe-inspiring structures. When it comes to nature and wildlife, Haverfordwest also has a lot to offer. So if you’re thinking of exploring this historic area, then let this list serve as your guide. These are the top 10 best things to do in Haverfordwest. Prepare to be captivated all throughout your trip.
1. Haverfordwest Town Museum
Haverfordwest Castle dates back to the 12th century, and even though some parts were damaged during the 1640’s civil wars, its ability to fascinate visitors remains intact. Located in the house of the former governor in the castle is the beloved Haverfordwest Town Museum. It’s where you will see paintings, letters, instruments, clothes, and many other artifacts not only from the castle, but also from the whole town. The museum houses a wide collection of works from local artists as well.
Haverfordwest Town Museum
Address: Castle House, Castle Street, Haverfordwest SA61 2EF, United Kingdom
Website: Haverfordwest Town Museum
2. Newgale Camping Site
If you want to go camping with your family or friends, then this is certainly the place to be. Newgale Camping Site doesn’t just offer a relaxing atmosphere, but also a large field for tents and mobile homes and fascinating island views. As for the facilities, it has 10 toilets, 8 shower rooms, and a dishwashing area.
You can just enjoy the tranquil vibes or head to the nearby beach for a refreshing swim. Other popular activities in the beach include kite flying, canoeing, and surfing. After a fun time in the sea, have a delightful barbecue in the camp site.
Newgale Camping Site
Address: c/o Wood Farm, Newgale, Haverfordwest SA62 6AR, United Kingdom
3. Haverfordwest Priory
Haverfordwest Priory was built in 1200 to serve as the home of Augustinian priests. In 1536, the priory was dissolved under the orders of Henry VIII. Archeological digs during the late 20th century were able to unearth the remains of the structure, which can still be seen today. The excavations also led to the discovery of the ecclesiastical garden, which is now considered as the last surviving monastic garden from the medieval period in all of Britain. Go back in time as you explore this significant site.
Address: Haverfordwest SA61 1UL, UK
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4. The VC Gallery
Founded by artist and soldier Barry John, The VC Gallery in High Street is where you will see the finest artworks, ranging from classical to modern. The artworks are not only from Mr. John, but also from different local artists. Another goal of the gallery is to help veterans and other members of the community unleash their creative side. So apart from marveling at the masterpieces, you can also take part in one of the various workshops and events. Be sure to check out the official website for the schedule.
The VC Gallery
Address: 30 High St, Haverfordwest SA61 2DA, UK
Website: The VC Gallery
5. Scolton Manor
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Scolton Manor used to be the home of the prominent Higgon family from the early 1840s to late 1980s, but now, it’s a country park offering fun-filled family activities. The house, which is now a museum, is sure to astound you with its well-preserved Victorian architecture. Inside, let the various relics enlighten you about the rich history of Wales. The largest collection features the agricultural and rural traditions of the country.
Outside of the house, go for a walk through the park and be enthralled by the lush scenery. There are spots where you can see the different bird species up-close. As for the kids, they will certainly have a great time in one of the play areas. Another highlight is the restored walled garden of the Higgon family, which is home to beautiful flowers and fruit trees.
Address: B4329 Cardigan Rd, Haverfordwest
Facebook: Scolton Manor
6. Hilton Court Gardens
Go for a relaxing stroll through the 12-acre (4.85 hectare) Hilton Court Gardens. Set in a historic Victorian courtyard, the gardens will certainly enthrall you with their picturesque trees, water lilies, and ponds. You will get a spectacular view of St. Brides Bay as well. After admiring the sights, visit the Gardeners Restaurant for a bite of the most delightful local dishes. There’s also a place where you enjoy a cup of tea and homemade cakes.
Hilton Court Gardens
Address: Roch, Haverfordwest SA62 6AE, UK
Website: Hilton Court Gardens
7. Picton Castle and Gardens
Revisit history and fall in love with nature at Picton Castle and Gardens. The castle dates back to the 13th century, and its well-preserved medieval design will definitely amaze you. Take a tour to see the various rooms up-close and to learn more about its former residents. At the 40-acre (16.18 hectare) garden, go for a walk to see its wide collection of conifers, herbs, and roses. There are plenty of rare plants for you to check out as well. Savor the tranquil atmosphere as you explore the picturesque area. Kids and kids-at-heart can continue their fun moments at the adventure playground. The site is also well-known for its birds, which will be discussed further in the next entry.
Picton Castle and Gardens
Address: Off the A40 | The Rhos, Haverfordwest SA62 4AS, Wales
Website: Picton Castle and Gardens
8. The Secret Owl Garden
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The Secret Owl Garden is located in the Bluebell Walk of Picton Castle and Gardens, and it promises a memorable time with the birds of prey. Not only will you see over 25 species of owls, but you will also have an opportunity to hold some of them. Small, medium, and large winged creatures will land on your hand, giving you an up-close look at their beautiful features. Once you fly them, you will realize that they all have different styles of soaring. It’s a popular activity for kids, but adults will certainly enjoy it as well. After the marvelous experience, you can head to the café for some refreshing drinks.
The Secret Owl Garden
Address: Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS
Website: The Secret Owl Garden
9. Wiston Castle
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The motte-and-bailey Wiston Castle was said to have been built in the early 12th century by a Flemish soldier named Wizo. It was captured in 1220 by Llewlyn the Great, which led to its destruction. The Earl of Pembroke during that time rebuilt the structure, but no one knew what happened to it since then. On your visit to the site, you will see the stone keep and mound, both of which are well-preserved. Exploring the ruins will definitely feel like travelling back in time.
Address: 3 Cawdor Terrace, Wiston, Haverfordwest SA62 4PN, UK
Let Haverfordwest astound you
Whether you’re into nature, history, or art, Haverfordwest is guaranteed to provide you with plenty of unforgettable moments. No need to worry if you don’t have your own car, the town is served by a huge number of buses and trains. Begin your Haverfordwest adventure now.
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