Pembroke is a walled, medieval town that dates back to 1093 and the arrival of the Normans. It is famed for its magnificent castle, one of the finest examples of a Norman fortress to be found in the whole of Great Britain, and much of the original town wall still remains. Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII and founded the houses of Tudor, was born in Pembroke Castle in 1457 and received his early education at what is now known as Monkton Priory Church. Pembroke also played a significant part in the English Civil War, with Oliver Cromwell having taken charge of the siege of the town in 1648. Many of the points of historical interest can be seen on the town trail walk.
The famous Norman castle was the birthplace of Henry VII, and a visit provides a fascinating insight into medieval history. The castle is open all year round, and more details can be found on their website.
Pembroke Main Street is a hive of activity where you can take a walk around the shopping area or satisfy your hunger and thirst at one of the many cafes, restaurants, public houses, and takeaways. Pembroke also has a well-equipped leisure centre that is home to a swimming pool.
The local bus service runs from Pembroke to Angle, Freshwater West, Bosherston, Stackpole, Freshwater East, and Lamphey. It has an internal rack to carry surf boards or two bicycles, and is wheelchair accessible.
Turning right out of High Noon Guest House takes you to the charming village of Lamphey. Here you will find the Lamphey Bishop's Palace, which is a former retreat of the bishops of St. David's. Established in the 13th century, it has well-preserved and detailed architecture, including the western hall inner gate and Henry de Gower's hall.
Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the mill pond and around the castle, taking in its exceptional wildlife. Be sure to keep your eye out for kingfishers, otters, bats, swans, and ducks. For keen ornithologists, there are often sightings of rarer species, such as the lesser yellowlegs and the goldeneye. Sited at the upper reaches of the mill pond is Holyland Woods, a peaceful wooded area with a boardwalk through the reeds of the upper mill pond.
Britain’s Only Coastal National Park
Get away from the stresses of everyday life by visiting Britain’s only coastal national park. Breathe in the fresh sea air and be invigorated by the unspoiled beauty of 186 miles of coastal scenery. The national park rangers host regular guided walks and activities between the start of April and the end of October, so you can make sure that you don’t miss anything. There are a number of fascinating rock formations to see along the route, including the Green Bridge of Wales, Stack Rocks, and the Huntsman’s Leap.
For those in search of gifts and games, visit Dragon Alley on Main Street. You will find all of your favourite mythical and fantastical creatures great and small. There are also many other independent shops, such as The Room and Just Nice, each of which sells quality gifts. Another excellent shop selling gifts, furnishings and also featuring a cafe is Cornstore, which is set on the cornstore of Pembroke mill pond, while Wanton Wax and Wicked Wicks offers a range of unique, personalised candles. For those looking for specialised vegetarian food shops, then Wise-Buys is the place to go for a range of quality vegetarian food. Within Pembroke there is also a variety of cafe's to visit if you are looking for a spot to eat, including The Cake Shop. Pembroke is proud to maintain a traditional street of shops, which includes a high-quality grocer, butcher, and many other staple outlets.
Pembrokeshire has more than its fair share of unspoilt, golden sandy beaches. Just a short drive from High Noon Guest House you will find outstanding beaches at Manorbier, Barafundle, Broad Haven South, Freshwater West, Freshwater East, and Swanlake Bay, while the pretty seaside resort of Tenby, home to two fine, sandy beaches, is just a 20-minute drive away.
In 2004, Barafundle Bay was declared Britain's best beach by the Good Holiday Guide magazine, while the beauty and charm of Pembrokeshire’s beaches have not escaped the attention of international filmmakers. Recent scenes from Robin Hood and Harry Potter have been set and filmed at Freshwater West. There are beaches to suit all tastes, whether you like an unspoiled and secluded place or a beach with facilities close at hand.
There are multiple islands off the Pembrokeshire coast that can be reached following a single boat trip. Depending on the time of year, you will be able to spot seals, porpoises, and sunfish, as well as an array of birds. The puffin is a favourite of many people, and it is often seen on the islands in the springtime, while Grassholm is home to a huge population of gannets. Skomer is a haven for divers, with the waters surrounding the island being a marine conservation area, and boat trips around Ramsey are an adventure when the tide and weather conditions are right.
A visit to Caldey, just off the coast of Tenby, is always worthwhile. The island is run by a community of Cistercian monks who make their own perfume, ice cream, and chocolate. There are a number of wonderful sandy beaches and walking paths to experience, and a small seal colony also calls Caldey home. Tickets for a trip to Caldey can be bought from the designated booth at Tenby Harbour.
The Dale Sailing Company operates the boat trips to the surrounding islands using two vessels: The Dale Princess and the Dale Sea Safari. Both set sail from Martin’s Haven, Marloes, between 1st April and 31st October. For further details, visit their website.
Coastal cruises run from the start of April to the end of October every 90 minutes, with the first setting off at 11:00 a.m. For further information, use the contact details below:
The office where tickets for the voyages of discovery can be bought is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from 1st April to 31st October. To find out more, use the following contact details:
Pembrokeshire is a paradise for walkers, with both inland and coastal walks on offer. The coastal path spans 186 miles (299kms) of spectacular coastal scenery, stretching from Amroth in the south to Poppit Sands in the north. There are also many pretty paths and bridleways to be found inland. A variety of walks are available on our doorstep, including:
Alternatively, you can jump on the coastal cruiser, get off at one of its many stops along the beautiful coastline, and walk to be met later in the day at one of the other stops. The coastal cruiser collects passengers at Freshwater West, Stackpole Quay, Broadhaven South, and Angle.
Ideal for cyclists, High Noon Guest House is situated on the Celtic Trail, also known as Sustrans Route 4. The route opened in the summer of 2000, and travels through 220 miles of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in Wales. There are also a number of other cycle routes close by.
The wonderful local beaches of Freshwater West and Manorbier are perfect for surfing, while the popular Newgale beach is just a little further afield. You can book surfing lessons from the Outer Reef Surf School website.
Coasteering is one of the fastest-growing adventure sports in the world. It allows you to see the coast from a whole new perspective while adventure swimming, rock hopping, and cliff jumping. Information can be found at the following three websites:
Take to the open water and try your hand at sailing or padding on the peaceful upper reaches of the Cleddau estuary. Lessons can be booked at the Pembrokeshire Watersports website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pembrokeshire is home to some of the best sea-cliff climbing experiences anywhere in the UK. There are climbs at St Govan’s Head, Castlemartin Range, and Penally, and more information can be gained by emailing email@example.com. There is also exceptional diving, snorkelling, and rock-pooling adventures to be had in the clean and clear coastal water. Details about diving and snorkelling can be found on the West Wales Divers’ website.
The South Wales area is host to a vast number of reputable riding schools. The closest to Pembroke is Hundleton Riding Stables, which is located just three miles away.
South Pembrokeshire Golf Club, situated near Pembroke Dock, and Tenby Golf Club are both within a short distance of our guest house. There are also a number of other courses in the area, enough to keep a golf enthusiast busy for days. During your round, you will be able to see the amazing flora, fauna, and birdlife this area has to offer.