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Attractions

COASTAL ISLAND CRUISES IN WALES

Castle Square, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales


You have a choice of cruises from the harbour in Tenby (subject to availability between April and October). Boats depart from Tenby Harbour and head out around the bird reserve of St Margaret's Island. Here you will be able to view the many resident and sea birds that visit the island. This is followed by a short voyage to Caldey Island to view its hidden bays and Seal colony at the base of its magnificent cliffs. This boat trip is an excellent way to view the Pembrokeshire Coast and its outstanding wildlife. Or take the Seal watching trip, the booking office is in Castle Square at the top of the harbour, and boats will leave from either the harbour or the castle beach depending on the tides.

 

OAKWOOD THEME PARK

 

The park is a twenty minute drive from Wood Cottage, its legendry rides are very exciting, here is an extract from their website which is self explanatory.

 

Enjoying your day at Oakwood

We want your day out at Oakwood to be fun fun fun from start to finish!  So here’s how we make sure it’s as hassle free as it can possibly be.

Finding us

We’re easy to find by car, with Oakwood clearly signposted on brown tourist information signs from Junction 49 of the M4 and throughout Pembrokeshire.  You can find us off the A40 at Canaston Bridge, 8 miles East of Haverfordwest. 

Rides

With 30 rides and attractions to choose from, there’s something everyone’ll love at Oakwood, from babies and toddlers to teens to mum and dad or gran and grandad.

http://www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk/home/default.asp

TENBY


Tenby is a town steeped in ancient history surrounded by an imposing stone wall, built in the 13th century. Through the passages of time Tenby has seen many changes.

The earliest reference to a settlement at Tenby is in Etmic Dinbych, a poem probably of ninth-century date, preserved in the fourteenth century Book of Taliesin. At this point the settlement was likely a hill fort, the mercantile nature of the settlement possibly developing under Hiberno-Norse influence. The town grew as a seaport around the now-ruined Tenby Castle. The town was attacked by Welsh forces in 1187 and again in 1260 by Llewelyn the Great. The town walls were built by William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in the late 13th century. In late medieval times, Tenby's importance grew as a sheltered seaport and in 1566 Portuguese seamen landed the first oranges to be brought to Wales at Tenby harbour.

 

 

SAUNDERSFOOT

 

Saundersfoot offers you a range of pleasure boat trips – from 'sport' and mackerel fishing to seal watch trips and coastal cruises using MCA surveyed vessels and DTI approved Skippers. Group charters are also available. Based on the village's picturesque harbour, close to Blue Flag beaches with ample parking. Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats offer fun for all the family, with expert tuition and informative commentaries.....

MANOR HOUSE WILDLIFE PARK.  WILD WELSH ZOO

Manor House Wildlife Park (formerly Manor House Wild Animal Park) is situated by the unique and beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal resort town of Tenby. Now owned by the one and only Anna Ryder Richardson from the TV series Changing Rooms, Manor House Wildlife Park enables visitors to interact with the animals, including Zebras, Emu's and Wallabies as well as many different types of monkey. The Manor House Wildlife Park featured in Channel 4's Chaos at the Zoo and is also the subject of Wild Welsh Zoo shown on BBC One Wales

http://www.manorhousewildlifepark.co.uk

 

FOLLY FARM

 

Begelly, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Tel:  +44 01834812731 http://www.folly-farm.co.uk/default.aspx

 

Get up close to an amazing variety of exotic creatures in Folly Farms spectacular zoo! Now home to over 200 exotic animals, Folly Farms zoo is rapidly expanding. Many of the animals are extremely rare, and we take part in European breeding programmes to help protect them from extinction. Take a look at our animal gallery. There is a fantastic new education package for school visits to the zoo, which is also available to families on request. During a visit to the zoo you can watch feeding demonstrations by our friendly zoo keepers, who will tell you all about the animals during feeding time, and answer any questions you might have. The Jolly Farm is perhaps Folly Farm's most well-known and popular attraction, where visitors meet our huge variety of friendly farm animals and their babies, including horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, Shetland ponies, hens, and much more, including many rare breeds! Visitors can even enjoy a close encounter with our baby animals during Folly Farm's long-established and ever popular bottle-feeding show. Come and feed an adorable goat kid whilst being entertained by the Folly Farmers and park characters! Nearby you'll find our Pet Centre, where youll find many weird and wonderful pets. During our daily pet handling sessions with the Folly Farmers, you can even hold one! The pet centre is home to rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats as well as some more unusual pets including iguanas, geckos, chipmunks, chinchillas, tortoises, fish, ducklings, Mexican axolotls, love birds, exotic insects and more! Tour the farm on our wonderful land train, and if you wish, alight at the educational nature trail and enjoy your scenic surroundings!

 

PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which winds its way for 186 miles past all the coves, beaches and cliffs of the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

http://www.pcnpa.org.uk/website/default.asp?sid=16&LangID=1

This is Britain's only truly coastal National Park. It's a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife.

People belong here, too. They have shaped the landscape over the centuries, leaving their mark in tombs and castles, crosses and cottages, quarries and quays.

Today this is a living, working landscape where people and nature co-exist. The National Park Authority looks after it, helps the public to enjoy and understand it, and works with local communities towards a sustainable future.

Link http://nt.pcnpa.org.uk/website/sitefiles/nt_page.asp?PageID=6&SubPageID=22 There are many similar walks found on search engines.

LAUGHARNE WITH DYLAN THOMAS’ BOAT HOUSE

 

This is a twenty minute drive East along a scenic coast road via Pendine and is well worth a visit, many antique shops and café bars have sprung up recently and it is very popular with tourists. http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com/english/index_e.html

Laugharne, which lies on the estuary of the river in Carmarthenshire, was once home to Wales’ most famous Anglo-Welsh poet; Dylan Thomas, and is the apparent inspiration for his play for voices; Under Milk Wood.

The literary pilgrim can fulfill his journey with ease here. The Boat House – Thomas’ home from 1949-53 is now a heritage centre complete with original furnishings and memorabilia; while the nearby writing shed where he penned many of his later poems including Under Milk Wood.

CALDY ISLAND

 

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Tel: +44 01834844453

 

A pleasant boat trip from Tenby Harbour takes you to this beautiful and fascinating island. Caldey has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and has been home to various orders of monks since Celtic times. Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain's holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquility and peace. The monks and islanders are pleased to welcome visitors to share the delights of their island throughout the summer season. Caldey has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and has been home to various orders of monks since Celtic times. It is now owned by monks of the Cistercian Order, whose picturesque monastery overlooks the Village Green and the pretty cottages of the islanders. You can explore the historic Old Priory and the medieval church of St David, or join the guided walk for a closer look at the island's heritage. You may like to drop in at the Video Centre to find out more about life in the Monastery. Visitors are also welcome to attend the one of the short chanted services in the Abbey Church. http://www.caldey-island.co.uk/

 

WATERWYNCH SPA AND RETREAT.

 

If you enjoy being pampered, just up the road in Red Roses is Waterwynch Spa and Retreat, a beautiful farm where the outbuildings have been converted into beauty therapy suits with many treatments available, There is also an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and steam room, all in rural picturesque countryside.  Very nice!

To book contact Andrea on 01834 831 786, their website is

www.waterwynch-spa-retreat.co.uk

Post code for Satnav is SA34 0PL.

COLBY LODGE

 

Colby Lodge is a ten minute walk up the road from Wood Cottage and well worth the visit. It has tea rooms, art gallery and a National Trust shop.

 

COLBY WOODLAND GARDEN

Amroth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8PP
Telephone: 01834 811885  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-colbywoodlandgarden

 

Beautiful woodland garden with year-round interest

Glorious informal garden with a wealth of wildlife

  • Set in a tranquil and secluded valley
  • One of the best collections of rhododendronas and azaleas in Wales
  • Open and wooded pathways through the valley offer lovely walks
  • Families will love exploring the woodland and meadow with meandering stream
  • Stunning walled garden with gothic gazebo

Cwmarth Farm

There is a wonderful farm shop in Summerhill just outside Amroth which is open all year long, the produce is second to none in quality and we highly recommend it for fresh food. Cwmarth Farm can be found by turning right at the top of the hill after passing through Amroth Village, about half a mile the entrance appears on the left. Their website is www.pembrokeshirecoastorganicmeat.co.uk

 

GRAHAM H HADLOW, ARTIST IN  WATERCOLOUR

Concentrating exclusively on Watercolour, Graham Hadlow has lived and worked in Pembrokeshire since 1970 finding Wales a rich source of inspiration for his paintings.

His watercolours have been exhibited in numerous galleries nation wide, including several one man shows.  Graham also teaches at workshop classes and art society demonstrations.  His work is wonderful and well worth a look. http://www.grahamhhadlowwatercolours.co.uk/index.php

Birds
The Pembrokeshire coastline is home to a wide variety of seabirds. Guillemots and razorbills nest on rocky ledges on the high sea cliffs from March to July. Cormorants and shags, prolific fish-feeders due to their ability to swim underwater, and the oystercatcher are often seen on the lower cliff slopes of the coast. Kittiwakes and Fulmars, with their dramatic straight wings, also nest on grassy cliff ledges and along the shore Rock Pippits flit among the rocks. The rare Chough nests in holes and crevices on the cliff and feeds on insects on the grassy cliff-tops. Ravens can often be seen from the coast path, and often you'll hear Skylarks with their beautiful song!

There are two birds that may only occasionally be seen on this stretch of coast, but are hugely important in the National Park area and if you're lucky you may get a sighting of them during your adventures. The first is the impressive White Gannet with its huge wingspan, of which there are 30,000 breeding pairs on Grassholm Island, 15 miles off the coast. Gannets can often be seen passing by on summer evenings as they return to their colony after a day out fishing. The second bird is the colourful Puffin, again a brilliant underwater swimmer, which burrows on Skomer Island and the rocky islet of North Bishop.

Birds of prey haunt the cliff tops too, with Peregrine Falcons diving at incredible speeds upon their prey. Buzzards are seen up high, often bombarded by Crows, and Kestrels and Sparrow-Hawks hover low over the grassy slopes and inland hedges.