Perfect location to explore the surrounding areas
and the coastal walks were breath-taking
The mill in Nolton Haven has existed in some form since medieval times, and once even featured in a series of sketches by the famous artist JMW Turner when he visited in 1795.
The safe, quiet and secluded location was once part of a thriving coal mining industry exploiting the anthracite seams nearby. Nolton Haven’s sandy beach hides its industrial coal mining past. Located in the UK’s only coastal national park, it is now a popular destination for tourists looking to surround themselves in Pembrokeshire’s natural beauty.
The rugged scenery of the coast path, cosy pubs, magnificent wildlife and fantastic beaches are all within walking distance. The idyllic surroundings allow for an escape from the day to day. With all Pembrokeshire has to offer you can choose whether you unwind and relax or fill your days with activities.
Head north from Nolton Haven and discover the award-winning beach of Newgale. It’s three-mile length makes it popular with surfers and swimmers alike, all kept safe by lifeguards in the summer months. A large pebble bank protects the coast road from the invading sea during stormy weather when the sea becomes an exhilarating spectacle.
Further up the coast you will encounter the picturesque harbour village of Solva, with its charming selection of gift shops and galleries. You can also find a range of eating options here from ice creams to tea rooms to pubs.
Continue north and you can explore St Davids. With city status and a population of under 2,000, it boasts of being the UK’s smallest city. Bursting with history, heritage and culture, it is the final resting place for the patron saint of Wales and named after him. If you need to escape the city, you can take a boat trip around Ramsey Island or the natural and unspoilt beauty of Whitesands Bay is a short drive away.
Conversely, travelling south from Nolton Haven along the coast path or coast road, you will encounter Druidstone Haven, famed for its sunset vistas and named after the Celtic religious leaders of their day.
Carry on down to the next bay and visit Broad Haven, with multiple food and drink options, watersports shop and a convenience store. Head over the hill to Little Haven, where you will find a charming old fishing village with three pubs and a bistro providing some fantastic eating and drinking options.
The Great Outdoors
Choose from over 50 award winning beaches wrapped around by 186 miles of coastal path.
Admire the islands: world famous Skomer and Skokholm are part of the Wildlife Trust; Ramsey and Grassholm are RSPB nature reserves.
For wildlife enthusiasts: from early spring the manx shearwater can be seen in Pembrokeshire. April to July, puffins, razorbills, and guillemots can be found. August brings porpoise and gannets. September to December is the time to see grey seal pups. Ravens, kestrels and peregrine falcons also cruise the cliffs.
Looking for more than walking or hiking along the coastal path? Nolton has its own stables where you can trot down the lanes or gallop across the beach.
Pembrokeshire lanes provide some magnificent cycling routes. We are on a lovely stretch of the Sustrans route 4, but if you fancy something traffic free, tackle the 6.5 mile mountain bike trail in the Preselli Hills nicknamed the Rollercoaster.
Being coastal there is plenty of opportunity for boat trips, sailing and windsurfing. St Brides Bay offers several beaches providing watersports such as surfing, kitesurfing, bodyboarding, sea kayaking, and stand up paddleboards. If you are looking for something more special, take the plunge and try coasteering in the land of its birth.
Fishing is also popular, St Brides Bay hosts many angling spots where mackerel, pollack, sea bass, bream, mullet and wrasse can be found to name a few.
Discover Pembrokeshire’s Celtic roots at the Pentre Ifan burial chamber, a dramatic cromlech where a 15 ton stone perches on others. The same blue stone (spotted Dolerite) was used to make Stonehenge.
Visit St David’s Cathedral, an unusual and magnificent building dating back to 1180 which has been added to numerous times over the centuries. You can also visit the Bishops Palace and St Non’s Chapel where St David was born.
Carew and Pembroke castles are probably two of the finest examples of many in Pembrokeshire. Carew has been around since the Iron age and Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle, which has a highly informative free tour.
While south of the county, you could marvel at St Govan’s chapel, a 13th century a hermit’s cell built into the cliff, accessible only by steep stone steps.
Off the coast of Pembrokeshire’s tourism capital of Tenby, is Caldey island, which is known as one of Britain’s holy islands. Dating back over 1500 years, it still observes some Celtic traditions today.
While roaming the coast of Pembrokeshire, you may stumble across various concrete bunkers, some dating back to the mid 19th century and used through WWII.
Go back in time at Castell Henllys a reconstructed Iron Age hill fort and see what life was like in 300bc. Five to eleven year olds can take part in storytelling, spear throwing and learn how to build wattle-and-daub roundhouses.
The Secret Owl Garden located at Celtic Holiday Parks, Narberth, has many different species of owl. You can even book a close encounter and fly and one yourself.
Let off some steam and bounce away at Hanger 5 trampoline park in Haverfordwest.
Manor Wildlife Park is Wales’ only walking safari. Here you can meet meercats, tigers and gibbons.
Blue Lagoon waterpark at Bluestone has something for everyone. Rapids, flumes, relaxing pools as well as a spa, shops and cafes.
Folly Farm is an award-winning zoo where you can go face to face with some exotic species in animal handling sessions. It also boasts farm animals, adventure playgrounds and a retro funfair.
Oakwood Theme Park is a fun day out for children of all ages, from teacups to wooden treetop rides to thrilling plummeting drops.