Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales was the first national park in the United Kingdom.

Map of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Understand

The Pembrokeshire National Park was created in 1952 and is the UK's only coastal national park. It follows the coast and also runs a small distance inland for most of the county of Pembrokeshire apart from the Milford Haven estuary due to the oil facilities located there. Its designation as a national park limits development and so the area has remained unspoilt despite its popularity as a tourist destination.

Landscape

The landscape is known for its rugged cliffs and many sandy beaches that can be viewed from the coastal path which runs along the coast for the entirety of the national park.

Flora and fauna

Many of the offshore islands nearby have important colonies of seabirds that are resident for parts of the year, including gannets and puffins. Porpoise and seals are also frequently seen from the coastal path.

Islands

Get in

By car

From England the A4 passed Swansea, then the A40 towards Haverfordwest. The A487 connects the area from Aberystwyth and north west Wales.

By boat

Irish Ferries to Pembroke Dock and Fishguard from Rosslare in Ireland.

By train

The main line from Cardiff and Swansea passes through Carmarthen on the way to Haverfordwest and Fishguard.

By bus

Public transport to Pembroke also includes both local and national bus lines.

Fees/Permits

There are no fees to enter the park but expect to have some annoying pre-pay and display parking fees.

Get around

A car is really needed to successfully explore the park. The roads are narrow in places and so travel can be quite slow.

The national park runs subsidized bus services that cover sections of the coast and some important inland locations such as St David's. These are reasonably priced and can be stopped at any point in their journey. Bus services run throughout Pembrokeshire as well as to adjoining counties including Coastal buses that travel in and around the area.

See

St David's Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
The cliffs from Ceibwr Bay, North Pembrokeshire, showing the dramatic bending of the rock strata.

Do

Eat

The towns and villages of the area have a good selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a few good fish and chip shops.

Sleep

There are a number of hotels in the region and many bed and breakfast guest houses, camping and caravan sites and holiday cottages to rent in and around the villages of Pembrokeshire.

Go next

Carmarthenshire lies just to the east and Ceredigion lies just to the north.

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