One of the main attractions of Manorbier Castle has to be the location. No other castle this well preserved is as close to the sea in Pembrokeshire. It’s well maintained with plenty to explore inside.
Built by the Normans the Castle is over 900 years old and is the birth place of Gerald of Wales (Geraldus Cambrensis). It’s also been used as a location for films including “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “I Capture the Castle”.
So, if you’re looking to visit a Castle in Pembrokeshire with lots to see and do in a pretty impressive location this could be the one for you.
How to get to Manorbier Castle
The easiest way to get to Manorbier Castle is by car either starting from Tenby or from Pembroke.
- take the A4139 through Penally and Lydstep.
- Turn left on to the B4585
- This takes you into the village Manorbier and on to the Castle (on your right) and car park (on your left) further along.
- Manorbier is approximately 6 miles from Tenby and will take around 15 minutes.
- Take the Upper Lamphey Road towards Lamphey.
- At Lamphey take the second exit on the small roundabout passing Lamphey Church on your left.
- Stay on the A4139 passing through Hogeston and Jameson.
- After passing Manorbier Bay Holiday Park and Emmanuel Gospel church, take the next right on to the B4585.
- Pass through the village of Manorbier and at the end of this road turn right
- The castle will be on your right and the car park on your left further along.
- Manorbier is just over 6 miles from Pembroke and will take around 15 minutes.
Where to park for Manorbier Castle
There is a pay and display car park just down the road. You can see the castle from the car park and the walk is no more than a couple of hundred metres, albeit uphill.
- Map Ref. = SS 06330 97695
- Nearest Post Code = SA70 7SY
There is limited disabled parking at the Castle itself.
The Secret Entrance to the Castle
Just up the hill on your left hand side is this secret entrance to Manorbier Castle.
Inside Manorbier Castle
The inside of Manorbier Castle is not huge but it is incredibly well maintained. There are pretty good facilities here and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
Wandering around the turrets, great hall, chapel, with atmospheric music playing, really does give you a sense of what it was like to live and work here.
Thoughts on Manorbier Castle
Whilst Manorbier Castle is very well maintained, for us, the big draw here is the location. Yes, other Castles in Pembrokeshire have stunning surroundings, but none as well preserved as this are as close to the sea.
Manorbier Castle is privately owned and there is a charge for admission. It’s usually open all year round between 10am and 5pm and is dog friendly.
Hosting a number of events throughout the year there’s always something going on here.
There is a café at the Castle and picnics are welcomed. There are also public conveniences here.
Other Castles in Pembrokeshire nearby include Carew Castle which is just over 5 miles away, Tenby Castle (6 miles) and Pembroke Castle (7 miles). In fact, these 3 castles make for a nice little circular castle drive.
If you are visiting Pembrokeshire now or in the near future please be aware that social distancing rules still apply in Wales. Please keep yourselves and others safe.
Where to stay near Manorbier Castle
There are lots of places to stay near Manorbier 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 6 miles away.
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