From the pretty market town of Cardigan, which straddles the border between Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, right down to the picturesque medieval walled town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire is a place of art, inspiration, culture and wild panoramas.
It has 186 miles of incredible coastline and an impressive 50 stunning beaches and coves.
Pembrokeshire is a tale of two halves.
It’s the perfect place for an exciting family holiday. Fun, vibrant full of buzzing adventure parks and family-friendly events.
It’s also a place to embrace the peace and tranquillity you crave. To switch off and get back to nature. A place of wide, open beaches and colossal coastal walks. If you’re lucky you might not meet another soul all day!
There’s a Tour of Pembrokeshire for everyone. It can be as invigorating or as tranquil as you choose. This time on the blog we’re putting the spotlight on 24 hours in the halcyon, unhurried, St David’s Peninsular.
24 Hours in St David’s – Part 1 of the perfect tour of Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire is easily accessible from Cardiff or Bristol Airport. By road, the main access to the county from the east is via the M4. Pembrokeshire even has two ferry ports, so there are plenty of options for travel to this beautiful part of Wales.
If you’re after some serious R&R and ‘us’ time, you can’t get better than Twr y Felin in St David’s. We love their attitude towards fabulous Welsh hospitality and the edgy design of this contemporary art hotel, and we’re not the only ones! Twr y Felin has won some serious awards as AA Hotel of the year and The Good Hotel Guide’s prestigious Editor’s Choice Hotel Discoveries 2019.
Stay in one of the beautiful bedrooms at Twr y Felin, the exclusive Roch Castle, or the recently (seriously) revamped Penrhiw Priory, and wake for a hearty Welsh breakfast to keep you on your feet until lunchtime. The rooms in this hotel group are as unique as the venues themselves and you’ll often find yourself sat next to returning guests at breakfast.
Spend the morning….
One of Pembrokeshire’s charms is that there’s always somewhere else on your list to explore and there’s something about the special light in this part of the country which calls to your soul. Artist Graham Sutherland put it well when he said of Pembrokeshire “The quality of light here is magical and transforming… one has the sensation of the after-tranquillity of an explosion of light”.
Take a walk along Pembrokeshire’s famous coastal path. Keep an eye out for wild Welsh mountain ponies, rare birds and beetles and of course, Cardigan Bay’s bottlenose dolphins on the picturesque St David’s peninsular.
Pack a picnic to enjoy en-route or head to the Whitesands Bay café on St David’s Peninsular for fish and chips or a well-deserved cuppa. An hours walk (less than 10 minutes in the car) along the dramatic clifftops will find you in Solva – home to Mrs Will the Fish and her out of this world, award-winning seafood platters.
It’s a short walk from the hotel to St Davids City – Britain’s smallest city. See artists create masterpieces in glass, pottery and stone engraving in the small workshops and galleries that dot the tiny city. It’s even possible to complete a workshop with a local artist to get experience their craft. Later take a walk to St David’s Cathedral. Built in the 11th Century in deep purple Cambrian sandstone – this site has been a site of pilgrimage for nearly 1,000 years.
Back to Twr y Felin for a dinner at its in-house 2 rosette restaurant Blas, which is also featured in the Michelin Guide. The menu focuses on local ingredients, fish and seafood caught daily in the sea below the hotel, lamb and duck from the surrounding farms, cheese from the dairy herd who graze in the fields overlooking the bay and foraged Welsh specialities such as samphire and laverbread.
The result is stunningly presented, lovingly prepared food with flavours that mimic the rugged coastlines and green pastures they’re inspired by.
To give you an idea of the menu, during the Autumn a sample menu included BBQ pigeon or local Solva crab, watermelon, avocado and caviar to start; followed by a main of Celtic Promise Tart with Custard, White Grape and Candied Walnut or Dry Aged Fishguard Duck; a dessert of Raspberry – Parma Violet, Cocoa, Pickled local Elderflower complete what will surely be a highlight of your tour to Pembrokeshire.
Your Tour of Pembrokeshire
We can make all the arrangements to secure a table for you at this world-class restaurant as part of your tour package, just ask us.
The landscape is part of Pembrokeshire’s way of life. Everything here is influenced by and because of the sea and the land.
Pembrokeshire has inspired the many artists who call this place their home and their creativity has become part of the fabric of the communities here.
If you are interested in visiting Pembrokeshire, with your family, the special person in your life or even for some time to yourself, our team of travel experts are here to help.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next instalment of The Perfect Tour of Pembrokeshire – Part:2 COMING SOON!
We can arrange large group tours for 80+; bespoke guided tours for small groups, driver guides or everything you can think of for a self-drive tour of Pembrokeshire. All that’s left for you to do is choose your date!