Pembroke Castle Walk

Pembroke Castle walk

The Pembroke Castle walk is short but sweet with plenty to see along the way. At not much more than ¾ of a mile you’re not going to get much of a workout but you will get fantastic views of the Castle from every possible angle. Well, from the outside anyway. And get some great shots if you’re in to photography and the conditions are right.

We think the fact that the walk is so short is actually one of the best things about it. While you may not want to travel too far for this walk alone, It’s perfect if you happen to be in Pembroke anyway.  Or simply passing through on your way to Bosherston/Broadhaven (South), Green Bridge/Stack Rocks or St Govan’s.

Flat and accessible for buggys and wheelchairs we think you’ll enjoy the Pembroke Castle Walk as much as we do.

The Pembroke Castle Walk

Our preferred option is anti clockwise but you can take on the Pembroke Castle walk either way. Or both!

You’ll see the castle from either car park. Head for it and cross the road. This can be pretty tricky so do take great care here.

Once safely across head towards the castle and either turn left before the millpond or start up the hill and turn left at the sign. It’s quite easy to see the path. It runs right alongside the Castle wall.

From there simply stay on the path keeping the mill pond at your left or right and you can’t really go wrong. Doing this will bring you back to where you started.  The walk takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on your pace and how many times you choose to stop and take in the views.

At around the midpoint of the Pembroke Castle walk you’ll cross the bridge on one of the main roads into/out of Pembroke complete with beer garden. A great place to stop if you’re not on the clock.

How to get to the Pembroke Castle Walk

The easiest way to get to the Pembroke Castle walk is by car but there are bus and train services that run here too.

From Haverfordwest
  • Take the A4076 towards Milford Haven. 
  • Having passed through Johnston take the A477 towards Neyland. 
  • Take the first exit off the first roundabout, at the next roundabout (the Honeyborough roundabout) proceed straight ahead and cross the Cleddau Bridge. 
  • Proceed through the next roundabout and down the hill to the roundabout. 
  • Take the first exit (left) and immediately turn right onto Ferry Lane. (A4139). 
  • Stay on this road passing over a bridge and you will see Pembroke Castle to your right. 
  • Unfortunately, in order to park conveniently you will need to turn right, heading away from the Castle, and follow the one way system through the town. 
  • At the end of the shopping street, Main Street, you will get to a roundabout.  Take the third exit down Well Hill.
  • At the bottom of the hill take the second exit (right) on to Orange Way, which leads on to New Way and then Common Road where you will find car parks on your left  hand side.  

Pembroke is approximately 12 miles from Haverfordwest, about a 23 minute drive.  

From Carmarthen
  • Take the A40 heading towards St. Clears. 
  • At the St. Clears roundabout take the first exit, A477, sign posted Tenby
  • Keep on this road passing through Red Roses, Stepaside,  Carew Cheriton and Milton. 
  • Turn left on to the A4075 sign posted Pembroke until you reach the Town. 
  • You will firstly get to a roundabout with The Hope Inn in front of you. 
  • Take the second exit down Well Hill.
  • At the bottom of the hill take the second exit (right) on to Orange Way, which leads on to New Way and then Common Road where you will find car parks on your left hand side. 

Pembroke is approximately 23 miles from St. Clears, about a 29 minute drive.   

Where to park for Pembroke Castle

The car parks off Common Road are the most convenient for the castle walk. 

  • Map reference SM 98273 01408
  • Nearest Post Code SA71 4LD

To get to the castle walk from them you need to just cross the road (carefully). There is also a drop off point right outside the Castle Gatehouse on Westgate Hill.

Thoughts on the Pembroke Castle walk

The Pembroke Castle walk is one of our favourite circular walks in Pembrokeshire.

It’s also close to the Bosheston Lilyponds walk and the Carew Castle walk as well as the fantastic Broadhaven South beach, St Govan’s and the Green Bridge of Wales

There’s plenty to explore inside Pembroke Castle and with a wealth of facilities it’s easy to spend a whole day here.  Because of that we think the admission charges represent decent value.  Although we do think it’s a shame they don’t do group discounts.

We think the castle looks at it’s best on a sunny still day.  Better still at golden hour or as the sun is starting to go down. 

More Information

There are numerous places to eat, drink and purchase refreshments in Pembroke town and other nearby Castles in Pembrokeshire include Manorbier (7 miles), Carew (5 miles), Tenby Castle (10 miles), and Llawhaden (15 miles).

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.

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Where to stay near Pembroke Castle

There are lots of places to stay near Pembroke Castle.  More independents, B&Bs and guesthouses than large chain hotels.  We always use Booking.com to check what’s available where.

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