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Pembroke Castle

Start Date:
  • 1st April – 31st  August 2024 – 9.30am until 5.30pm
    Recommended last admission: 4.30pm
  • 1st September – 31st October 2024 – 10am until 5pm
    Recommended last admission: 4pm
  • 1st November – 28th February 2025 – 10am until 4pm
    Recommended last admission: 3pm
  • CLOSED – 24th – 26th December 2024 and 1st January 2025
  • 1st March – 31st March 2025 – 10am until 5pm
    Recommended last admission: 4pm
Location: Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 4LA
Adults (16+) £11, Seniors (65+) £9.90, Children (3-15) £7.70, Children under 3 FREE, Registered Disabled *£7.70

Pembroke Castle is a must-visit gem in Pembrokeshire, perfect for a family day out whether you’re a local or just visiting West Wales. This enormous oval castle, beautifully surrounded by a serene mill pond, has been extensively restored since Victorian times. Dominating Pembroke’s main street with its complex gatehouse and huge circular keep, Pembroke Castle invites you to step back in time and explore its rich history and impressive architecture.

Once you enter, the 5-storey central keep with its intact domed roof and historical displays in the gatehouse rooms are sure to captivate everyone. The adventurous can descend the tight spiral staircase to Wogan’s Cavern, a large subterranean cave beneath the castle, and navigate the maze of tunnels, stairs, towers, and battlements. With an on-site shop, a brass rubbing centre, and a café, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained and well-fed during your visit.

Pembroke Castle’s history dates back to around 1093 when Arnulf de Montgomery built the small inner bailey. The castle’s late 12th-century keep, with its massive cylindrical tower and unusual stone dome, offers tremendous views from the top and highlights its natural defensive position overlooking Milford Haven. The keep, nearly 80 feet high with circular rooms, was the work of William Marshall, son-in-law of Strongbow, and a key figure in the castle’s reconstruction.

One of the most fascinating features is the gatehouse with its complex barbican and three portcullises. Inside, the battlemented flying arch puzzles historians, as it seems of little use in repelling invaders who had already forced entry. Pembroke Castle’s unique position over a natural cavern, the Wogan, and its historical significance as the birthplace of Henry VII, adds to its allure.

Parking at Pembroke Castle is convenient with the ‘Long Entry’ Car Park almost directly opposite the castle, providing the nearest disabled parking spaces. Wheelchair users and those with limited mobility can access the site at ground floor level, where information panels, benches, and a picnic area are available. The Outer Ward is mostly accessible for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The café and disabled toilets are easily accessible from ground level with no steps, and a portable ramp is available for the gift shop.

Pembroke Castle is dog-friendly, welcoming well-behaved dogs on short leads throughout the castle, except in the gift shop. There are water bowls and outdoor seating areas for visitors with dogs. Remember to pick up after your pets and never leave them unattended.

Pembroke Castle often hosts family-friendly events, so keep an eye on our What’s on in West Wales page for the latest updates. If you’re keen to explore more historical sites, check out our Castles in West Wales page for more exciting family-friendly destinations.

 

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At a Glance

Indoor Event
Outdoor Event
OK for all ages
Pay on Arrival
Toilets Available
Café
Dog Friendly

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