About North Pembrokeshire
As the jewel of North Pembrokeshire, Fishguard is easy to access from Ireland, England and the rest of Wales by train, bus, boat or car. Being on the western edge of Britain the climate is gentle, the people welcoming, the countryside green and the culture rich. This is a favourite hub for walkers, bird-watchers, sea kayakers, sailors, surfers and cyclists. Explore the mysterious Gwaun Valley or the ocean’s edge around Strumble Head. Fishguard has plenty of places to eat and relax after a day in the fresh air. A land of Saints and Stones, old churches such as St Davids Cathedral and ancient standing stones such as Pentre Ifan reveal much of the history of the area.
Fishguard could be called the festival capital of Wales with four major music festivals and other events throughout the year.
Fishguard is a small market town high above Fishguard Bay and is the main shopping and commercial town in North Pembrokeshire. Its popularity as a holiday destination has increased over the years as it’s perfectly placed to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, the wooded Gwaun Valley and the many villages and hamlets along the coast and inland to the Preseli Hills.
Most of the shops and businesses in the town’s narrow streets are family-owned and the influx of holidaymakers and visitors is welcomed by its friendly Welsh speaking community.
Visitors from all over the world come to this area to attend festivals and events celebrating music and the arts, as well as the magnificent Last Invasion Tapestry, which commemorates the French invasion of mainland Britain in 1797.
Lower Town is the oldest part of Fishguard, has been used as the setting for many films including Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’, starring Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Ryan Davies and Elizabeth Taylor, and the TV Series ‘Halen yn y Gwaed’.
Lower Town harbour provides a beautiful backdrop for the moorings of local yachts and is an ideal setting for water-sports of all kinds. In summer the Cafe on the Quay is a great place for a snack, including fresh lobster or crab.
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Visit Wales’ “Year of the Outdoors”
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New things you might like to try!
Coasteering – the sport that began in Pembrokeshire – with multi award winners Celtic Quest
Paddle-boarding – the new fitness and fun craze – no better way to see the coast from close up and personal!
Sea Kayaking – another multi award winner – enjoy a new freedom on the water
Pony Trekking at Havard Stables – near Dinas
Falcon Boats Adventure RIB High-speed RIB for amazing adventures – sailing from St Justinian’s
Priskilly Forrest – a popular 9 Hole Golf in a beautiful setting at family run – only a few miles along the A40 from Fishguard
Newport Golf Club – an 18 Hole Golf course about ten miles east along the A487
The Last Invasion Tapestry is permanently housed in Fishguard Town Hall in the town centre and is an absolute MUST for a visit!
The Saints and Stones Trail guides you through old churches and ancient stones, scattered among our timeless landscape
St Davids Cathedral founded by the patron saint of Wales – 700 years of continuous worship and astounding architecture
Visit Pembrokeshire website for beaches, craft workshops and others activities
Fishguard & West Wales International Music Festival – international artists playing in venues around the area
Fishguard Folk Festival – wide range of folk music throughout the town
Bluestone Brewery – local artisan brewery behind Newport.