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Recommendations for a 2 night stay in Pembrokeshire

We are staying 2 nights in Cardiff Sept. 24 & 25 and plan to spend a couple of nights somewhere in Pembrokeshire before heading north to Aberystwyth and Caernarfon. What would be a good location in Pembrokeshire to stay for 2 nights to explore the area? This is our 1st trip to Wales. We are interested to explore the coast, tour some of the castles and other historical sites and well as visit some of the small towns and pubs.
We have looked at BB's and guest houses in Tenby, Pembroke and St David's but haven't made a decision yet.
Any recommendations or either location or place to stay would be appreciated.

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St David’s is charming and a great base for walking short stretches of the coastal footpath or exploring the coastline.

Tenby would be my second choice and is more of an old fashioned seaside resort, but also home to some trendy cafes.

Pembroke is more functional rather than pretty. It’s dominated by the nearby Milford Haven oil refinery. The Cake Shop in Pembroke has an awesome selection of cakes.

Posted by
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I take it that you have a car. When in the Cardiff area, be sure to visit St.Fagans Museum - which is immediately west of the city. Also Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle - just to the north. You might also like to consider Dyffryn Gardens - just to the west.

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On the way from Cardiff to Pembrokeshire, consider a stop at The National Botanic Garden of Wales. (It is just east of Carmarthen and 5 minutes off the A48 expressway).

When considering where to stay in Pembrokeshire, be sure that any place has parking for the car. (Things can be tight in Tenby which has many narrow streets - many of which have banned cars in summer). Don't miss a visit to Tenby. The coast west of Tenby is especially attractive. Find BOSHERSTON - park by the church and walk alongside the lily ponds to the coast - then turn left (east) and continue to Barafundle Bay. Pembroke has a castle but is less of a tourist place and Pembroke Dock is a dump whilst Milford Haven is more of an oil terminal - so avoid. The west coast - around St.Bride’s Bay is also attractive and I would definitely visit St.David’s - though it does not make a good base because it is not central enough. The coast going north from St.David’s is more rugged (steep) with few beaches.

When going to Aberystwyth, Aberaeron is worth a look. From Aberystwyth, you may like to take the Vale of Rheidol steam railway.

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Thanks all for the information. We decided to book, what looks like a nice B&B in Tenby. It provides parking as we will have a car.

Posted by
2662 posts

We are booked at Gilter Hotel in Tenby in May. Most of the B&Bs were booked. In St. Davids, were booked at Ramsey House B&B.

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4128 posts

We loved Tenby, stayed two nights there, then drove on to Pembroke Castle and St. Davids Cathedral.
Stayed at this very nice B and B.
Coach Guest House
11 Deer Park, Tenby, SA70 7LE, GB Phone: +441834842210