The main County town of Pembrokeshire is located right at it’s heart and just some of the top things to do in Haverfordwest include visiting the Castle and taking a stroll around the beautiful Priory Ruins.
For adventure-seekers, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Additionally, the town is home to several fantastic museums.
You can also indulge in some retail therapy at the various shops and boutiques along the High Street or grab a delicious meal at one of the many traditional Welsh pubs and restaurants scattered throughout the town.
How to get to Haverfordwest
Getting to Haverfordwest is fairly straightforward. From the Western end of the M4 you simply follow the A40 for pretty much as far West as you can. It also has good public transport links and is on the West Wales railway line. Map Ref. SM9516
Getting around Haverfordwest
Haverfordwest town centre is small and perfect for walking around. We think walking is the best way to explore any place.
There are some car parks in the town centre but they require payment. However, there is also some free parking on the streets for short periods.
The main Bus Station is in the middle of the town centre, and you can reach the main train station by walking a short distance without any difficult paths.
Where to stay in Haverfordwest
There are a few hotels in Haverfordwest and plenty of accommodation in the surrounding areas including independent hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and caravan parks with full facilities and entertainment.
A great place to start your search is on booking.com. Even if you decide to book direct it gives you a good idea of what’s available where and when.
When to visit Haverfordwest
Haverfordwest is absolutely a year round destination. You can (and we do) visit at any time of the year. As good in Summer as it is in the lead up to Christmas.
Unlike places such as Tenby most shops, restaurants and cafes stay open all year round. We find it a good place to visit in Summer as most tourists head for the beaches
People also seem happier then and there also tends to be more going on. That, along with the pleasant weather makes for a more enjoyable time. We get to see the sights without getting wet. And eat and drink al-fresco. What’s not to like about that?
Things to do around Haverfordwest
There are plenty of things to do in Haverfordwest and below is just a summary of the things we’ve done so far.
Walk along the river
As mentioned above the river Cleddau runs right through Haverfordwest on its way to Milford Haven and Pembroke. There are walkways on either side of the river here which make for quiet and peaceful strolls.
Visit a Priory
On the river to the South of the town centre, the remains of Haverfordwest Priory are really quite impressive and something of a hidden gem. Not overly easy to find we’ve never seen anyone else here! It’s particularly stunning in full Summer when the sun is shining and the lavender in bloom. A genuine peaceful haven.
Pay homage to the Gorsedd of Bards
At the other end of the river walk is the Gorsedd of Bards stone Circle. Sited to commemorate the National Eisteddfod of Wales held here in 1972 it is well maintained and, again, usually very quiet.
Next to it are playgrounds suitable for smaller children and a huge climbing net for older ones (like us!).
Conquer a Castle
Haverfordwest Castle sits proudly overlooking the Town. Dating back to the 12th Century there is still quite a lot of it intact. Free to visit, there is parking just below or you can walk up High Street and follow the signs.
Go to Jail
Not literally. But right next to the Castle is the old prison which is now an archives store and next to that is…
The Haverfordwest Town Museum
The former prison governor’s home now houses all sorts of items which tell the story of the past 900 years in Haverfordwest and provides a fascinating insight into the town.
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