Carew Castle is one of our favourite castles in Pembrokeshire. Built in 1270 it’s a fine example of a Norman rectangular and, although often described as a ruin, much of it still exists. It’s in pretty good condition too and well looked after by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
There’s plenty to do and see and explore inside the Castle but it’s what surrounds it that draws us back time and again.
Firstly, the location. Carew Castle is set on a tidal estuary overlooking a huge Millpond which provides as impressive a setting for any Castle we know of. At high tide, on a windless day, it really is hard to beat.
Secondly, the walk. There’s a great circular right around the castle which also takes in the tidal mill. Around a mile long it doesn’t take very long but you get to see the castle from every possible angle
So, if you’re looking to visit one of the most photogenic Castles in Pembrokeshire where there’s also a great little walk, this could be the one for you.
How to get to Carew Castle
The easiest way to get to Carew Castle is by car. Fortunately, Carew is very well sign-posted from the A40.
- Take the A40 towards Carmarthen.
- At Canaston Bridge roundabout take the A4075 towards Pembroke
- You’ll pass Oakwood Theme Park and then Cresselly before arriving at Carew
- Before crossing the bridge, turn right and this will take you to the car park, opposite the Castle.
- Alternatively, if you want to park closer to the castle, cross the bridge and head up the hill.
- You will see the castle car park on your right.
- Carew is approximately 8 miles from Canaston Bridge and take around 12 minutes.
- Take the A40 heading towards St. Clears.
- At the St. Clears roundabout take the first exit for the A477, sign posted Tenby.
- Keep on this road passing through Red Roses and Stepaside.
- At the Kilgetty roundabout proceed straight-ahead (on the A477).
- Pass through another roundabout and you will then get to Carew Cheriton roundabout.
- Turn right at this roundabout towards the village of Carew.
- You will immediately see the castle and the car park on your left.
- If you want to view the castle from the other side of the river, carry on down the hill and over the bridge.
- At the end of the bridge turn left for the car park.
- Carew is approximately 18 miles from St. Clears, and around a 23 minute drive.
Where to park for Carew Castle
Thoughts on Carew Castle
What we really love about this castle is the walk and the potential for some great photos.
The absolute best time for either is when the tide is in on a sunny and still day. It’s also pretty special in the early morning mist and/or frost.
Carew Castle has been leased by Pembrokeshire National Park Authority and there is a charge for admission.
There are public conveniences opposite the Castle car park as well as a public house, The Carew Inn, which serves food.
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Where to stay near Carew Castle
There are lots of places to stay near Carew Castle. More independents than large chain hotels. We always use Booking.com to check what’s available where.
There’s also an abundance of accommodation in nearby Tenby which is just under 7 miles away.
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