Pembrokeshire in Wales is blessed with a treasure trove of historic sites and a dramatic coastline. This must-see area of Britain makes the perfect location for an historical holiday, plunging yourself into times gone by and experiencing life from another era.
The 12th Century Manorbier Castle gives visitors a taste of feudal life in the Middle Ages. The birthplace of Gerald of Wales, a famous medieval renaissance man and scholar, Manorbier is steeped in history. Walking through the historic castle grounds transports you back in time to the era of the De Barri family of Knights for whom the castle was built. Manorbier is now privately owned, with the castle and gardens open to visitors during the day. For the ultimate experience, immerse yourself in history with a self-catering getaway within the castle walls.
Stepping even further back in time, the Chapel of St Govan is a picturesque hermit’s chapel built into the cliffside near the village of Bosherston and only a few miles from Pembroke. Named after the 6th Century hermit and saint who lived there, this stunning hideaway is reached by descending a long flight of steps which, legend has it, change in number between your journey down and back up.
Another Pembrokeshire gem is the National Trust owned Tudor Merchant’s House, overlooking the harbour in Tenby. This impressive 15th Century townhouse, the oldest in Tenby, will give you the chance to explore daily life in Tudor times and get a feel for how our Tudor predecessors really lived.