Haverfordwest Travel Guide

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    river Cleddau
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Haverfordwest Things to Do

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    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Nant y Coy arts and crafts centre, together with its original millwheel and nature walk are situated about ten minutes drive from the car ferry port at Fishguard. I came across them by accident while travelling back to Ireland from Wales.

    Access to the art exhibition and the craft centre is free, as is access to the pretty amazing millwheel. There's a small waterfall beside the millwheel and its beauty can also be enjoyed free of charge.

    The nature walk adjoins the millwheel and costs a mere pounds1.50 to access.

    The Centre promotes the work of local Welsh artists, and they also have "Artist in Residence" features from time to time. Here the word "art" encompasses painting, sculpture, metalwork, jewelry making, pottery, glassmaking etc. It's an excellent place to stop and buy presents of local handiwork to bring home to friends and family. Last year a friend bought a particularly lovely glass pendant and has worn it many times.

    As I said, we hit upon it accidentally, but I would recommend it for a whole afternoon out as there is so much to see and do here.

    Waterfall Millwheel
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Haverfordwest Hotels

  • Wolfscastle Country Hotel

    Wolfscastle, Haverfordwest, SA62 5LZ, gb

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Slebech Park

    Slebech, Haverfordwest, SA62 4AX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • The Druidstone

    Haverfordwest, SA62 3NE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Mariners

    Mariners Square, Haverfordwest, SA61 2DU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Haven Fort Hotel

    Little Haven, Haverfordwest, SA62 3LA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

  • Ty Rhosyn Guest House

    Camrose, Haverfordwest, SA62 6JA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • College Guest House

    93 Hill Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 1QL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Tangiers Farm Guest House

    Fishguard Road, Tangiers, Haverfordwest, SA62 4BU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Royal George

    13 High St, Solva, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Haverfordwest Restaurants

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    by Myfanwe Written Jul 12, 2011

    The Friars Vaults is situated right in the heart of Haverfordwest Town Centre. It is a really attractive building on the outside with a fresh modern interior. We called in on a Saturday lunchtime hence it was really busy. Saying that though we didn't have to wait too long for our meals. The Menu here is enormous, there was a page dedicated to burgers (about 10 different types in all); there were also some nice looking fish dishes. I opted for the Chilli Steak and my Mum had fish and Chips. The portion sizes were huge and the meals were very nice indeed.

    Friars Vaults Fish and Chips There's a steak in there somewhere...
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    • Beer Tasting

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    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While driving from Cardiff to catch the ferry to Ireland from Fishguard I came upon Nant y Coy Arts, dubbed as "The watermill with art and soul."

    We were hungry and thirsty and when I passed this place on my right hand side, I turned the car around and drove right back.

    You pull into a gravel driveway and park in front of an old but renovated two storey stone property. This houses a restaurant, deli, craft shop and art gallery all in one. It was amazing. As if all that wasn't enough, there is a genuine watermill and a nature walk through the property. I was only sorry that I didn't have the time to explore the extent of the nature trail as, from what I did see, it looked fantastic.

    Favorite Dish: We stopped just for coffee and cake, but the cakes were home made and too nice! The coffee was freshly ground Italian style coffee and was served quickly and with a big smile by helpful staff.

    I took a look at the menu and there was a good selection of local Welsh dishes and other fare on offer for snaks and for lunch. prices were more than reasonable, too.

    I returned here in February 2008. This time I relished a delightfully light home made spinach soup which was served with organic homemade brown bread. I followed this with a toasted ham cheese and onion sandwich which, for some unknown reason, was just a tiny bit tasteless. Mum enjoyed a home made chicken pie which I sampled from her plate and pronounced yummy. Definitely worth returning to this spot.

    Back again in April 2009. It's still going strong, and not surprisingly. The food is light fare, perhaps one main course type of meal each day. This time I had the steak bap with red onions and it was divine - sooo tasty and just filled the spot.

    I only manage to get here during the day, and usually they open by day only, but I now note that they will do evening bookings by request for parties of ten or more.

    Outside Nant y Coy Arts Inside the coffee shop Spinach soup Chicken pie Chicken pie
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    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    Just a stone's throw from the ferry port at Fishguard, you would think that this pub and restaurant would be thronged. However, it isn't - in fact, the last couple of times I have passed this way it hasn't even been open.

    Two years ago it seemed to be closed because it was changing hands, and in February 2008 it was only open from 12noon to 3pm. We passed by at 11.50am and could not even get in for coffee. We turned back and ate in Nant y Coy (see earlier tip) but when we passed back an hour and a half later the carpark still appeared almost empty.

    UPDATE NOTE:- Driving past in April 2009 I noted that this establishment is open and has been freshly painted outside. The car park was thronged. Next time I must stop for a look and a bite:-)

    Favorite Dish: The last time I did eat here, which was around September 2003, I ordered fish which appeared to have been removed from a packet and deep fried. Not the best, but I would like the opportunity to try again as the place looks just lovely.

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Haverfordwest Off The Beaten Path

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    by uglyscot Updated Jul 4, 2012

    Castle Llawhedan is about 8 miles east ofHaverfordwest . We followed the brown Castle sign down a narrow road between hedgerows. There stood a ruined castle, although the information sign says it was a Bishop's Palace. It was more likely a grand residence although it has features of a castle. It probably began as a castle built of timber and earth in the 12th century. The defences were re-fortified using stone, against Lord Rhys in the late 12th century.
    In the 13th century, Bishop Thomas Beck (1280-93) established and expanded the village. He added the hall block, with its kitchen and stone-vaulted undercrofts, and the bishop's chambers above. During the 14th century,was added the twin-towered gatehouse, the impressive existing structure. At the same time, domestic buildings were added on the southern side of the castle as well as apartments and a chapel. After the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, Llawhaden was abandoned. It is now managed by CADW, the Welsh historic buildings agency.
    Features include the shell of the gatehouse. The outer wall to the south side is fairly complete and includes a modern staircase to access the battlements for superb views. The inner keep is mostly grass but there are some rooms and partially vaulted undercrofts to explore. Nearby are the remains of the chapel of Llawhaden hospital, founded in 1287 by Bishop Thomas Beck.

    information from sign board and Lisa Hull

    the gateway the inner ward
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    • Castles and Palaces

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