We’ve had so much family fun at Llawhaden Castle over the years. Looking through (old) photos during lockdown in Wales put us in mind of it. And it’s firmly on the list of places we want to visit once the easing of restrictions allows us to do so. At today’s press conference the Welsh First Minister has confirmed that this will, indeed, be the 6th of July. Yay!
Now we’re not saying were going to rush down here on that day because we’ve got some other places in Pembrokeshire that made the top of our list. We’re pretty keen to see the sea! And besides at the moment Cadw is saying that their sites will remain closed for the time being.
And social distancing and keeping safe remains a priority to us and so if that’s not possible here we’ll turn around and come home. But it should be. We’ve never seen it really busy before and certainly not crowded like some attractions can get. And that sort of amazes us because this really is a great place. Still standing at it’s full height the gatehouse, in the picture above, is the first thing you see.
Nooks and Crannies
There are so many nooks and crannies inside.
And plenty of ‘rooms’ to explore or hide in! Both downstairs and up.
And the views are incredible.
We’ve been visiting this great place since the children had just started walking. And pretty much every year since!
Even if we’re not planning a visit, if we’re passing we’ll make a point of calling in. It’s never stopped putting a smile on our faces. Or in our hearts.
And even though we tend to do the same things here each visit is different. Things change. We change. And we see that as a good thing. Mostly things change for the better. Progress they say. We like to think we change for the better. We’re all growing. In different ways. Physically (us outwards, the children upwards!), mentally, spiritually. We know more as each year passes. About life, the world, ourselves and each other.
It may sound crazy to some but we used to think we’d be sad about the children growing up. That’s what they do. What they’re supposed to do. But there was something really magical about that time when they first started communicating. Bundles of energy, inquisitive, uninhibited, innocent and without care, worry or pressure. It was so much fun. They were so much fun.
But what we’ve actually found as they’ve grown is that they are still fun. But in a different way. Maybe in a better way. We have fun on a different level. Deep conversations about things like life and the universe. They know so much today. More than we knew at their age. In some areas more than we do now!
And they don’t come with so much physical baggage! No more pushchairs, changing bags, formula and nappies!
What they’ve actually become is more interesting. And it’s absolutely enthralling (as well as a bit emotional) watching them become young adults before our very eyes. And, for us, that’s every bit as exciting, perhaps even more so. Yes we do get a bit emosh when we see these photos from back then. But we’re not sad. We’re just enjoying now.
We’ve made loads of happy memories of family fun at Llawhaden Castle and we’re sure that you will too!
Llawhaden Castle is operated by Cadw (the Historic environment service of Welsh Government). It’s actually a fortified Bishops Palace rather than a Castle and designed as a residence for the bishops of St. Davids.
A plan in the grounds shows you how the Castle would have looked in times gone by with a Great Hall, bakehouse and visitors’ lodgings along with a Chapel. Its great to be able to imagine just how it would have looked and worked.
A well sits on a large grass area, great to picnic on (remember to take your litter home).
St. Aidan’s Church just down the road (back towards the A40) is Llawhaden Parish Church and is open daily with no admission charge.
Planning your family fun at Llawhaden Castle
The easiest way to get to Llawhaden Castle is by car taking the A40 West (the main road through Pembrokeshire) and exit to Llawhaden at Robeston Wathen. Llawhaden is approximately 2.5 miles from the A40 (around a 4 minute drive)
Limited. The Castle entrance is a short pleasant, flat walk from the car park in the village. It’s approximately 250 metres away and free.
There are no Public Conveniences or places to eat or purchase food in Llawhaden itself, so be prepared.
Where to stay
There are plenty of places to stay in and around this area from luxury independent Hotels to B&Bs, guesthouses and budget chain hotels. Something for everyone. We use booking.com to find the best deals on places to stay.
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