Wiston Castle

Wiston Castle

Wiston Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a motte and bailey castle in Wales.  You’ll recognise that as soon as you step through the gate. 

It’s one of the smallest castles we know of in Pembrokeshire but very impressive never the less.

The Castle itself dates back to at least 1147 when it first appears in records.  It’s a really nice place to be.  Maybe because you’ll probably have it all to yourself.

So, if you’re looking to visit a quiet Castle in Pembrokeshire where admission is free, this could be the one for you.

How to get to Wiston Castle

The easiest way to get to Wiston Castle is by car, taking the A40 (the main road through Pembrokeshire).

From Haverfordwest
  • Take the A40 towards Carmarthen. 
  • Pass Haverfordwest Golf Club and take the next turning left (sign posted Clarbeston Road).
  • Then take the first turning left towards the village of Wiston. 
  • Wiston is approximately 5 miles or 8 km from Haverfordwest.
From Carmarthen
  • On the A40 head for Haverfordwest. 
  • Having passed Llanddewi Velfrey, Penblewyn roundabout,  Robeston Wathen and Canaston Bridge, take the third turning on the right. 
  • Then take the third turning left towards the village of Wiston. 

Where to park for Wiston Castle

Parking is easy, convenient and free here. If you’re visiting during the week there’s a good chance you’ll be able to park just opposite the castle near St Mary Magdalene Church. The red telephone box is a good marker.  

If you can’t park there and you’re visiting on the weekend or during school holidays you may well be able to park outside the school just up the road.

  • Map SN02263 18023
  • Nearest Post Code SA62 4PN

The walk to the Castle

The walk to Wiston Castle is a very short one.  Cross the road if you parked by the church or down it from the school until you reach the Croeso/Welcome sign.  Keep this on your left and pass through the kissing gate.  The path to the castle is easy to see although it can be very boggy and wet underfoot here.  Ascend the steps to the castle entrance.

Thoughts on Wiston Castle

The views from here are not great so if that’s what you’re after you’ll be a bit disappointed.  You’re also unlikely to be here very long but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the visit.  It’s still great fun and makes for great photos. 

More Information

Wiston Castle is a Grade 1 listed building and looked after by CADW.

There are no public conveniences, places to eat or purchase food in Wiston itself.

Open all year round, admission is free.

Other Castles in Pembrokeshire nearby include Llawhaden Castle which is just over 3 miles away.

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 Wiston Castle

There are lots of places to stay near here.  More independents than large chain hotels.  We always use Booking.com to check what’s available where.

There’s also a good deal of self-catering accommodation nearby and throughout Pembrokeshire in general.

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