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Pembrokeshire National Park: The Ultimate 2-day Itinerary

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Pembrokeshire National Park: The Ultimate 2-day Itinerary

Nia Knott

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There is something special about Pembrokeshire. Once visited, never forgotten, it gets under your skin and pulls you back again and again. You don’t have to just take our word for it. People have been drawn to Pembrokeshire for thousands of years – we know that Stonehenge’s Bluestones came from the Preseli Hills; centuries of pilgrims have made their way to St David’s Cathedral; and to this day visitors from all over the world are left changed by the stunning coastline, countryside, culture and adventure in this most westerly corner of Wales.

The Pembrokeshire National Park is the only coastal National Park in Britain, and just two hours from Wales' Capital City; Cardiff. Visiting Pembrokeshire from Cardiff is easy - by bus, train or car, or on an organised tour - we have designed our Into the West small group tour from Cardiff to help you make the very most of your time here. Expect dramatic cliffs, vast golden sandy beaches, secluded bays, fishing villages, some of the UK’s best wildlife, wildflower jewelled clifftops and emerald seas. 

With all this incredible beauty and history it’s not easy for the visitor to know where to begin. Whether you're exploring with Real Wales Tours or independently, we have the perfect 2-day Pembrokeshire itinerary for you. 

We leave early, heading west from Cardiff, starting in the logical easternmost edge of Pembrokeshire at the remote yet world-famous and adored Barafundle Bay.

Next we explore one of our favourite lesser-known beaches backed by the serene beauty of the Bosherston Lily Ponds; with a bit of luck otters can be spotted here. Following the coast west we are greeted by breathtaking scenery - this coastline is home to some of Pembrokeshire's most amazing features including stack rocks, a natural arch and the spectacularly located chapel of St Govan's nestled between the cliffs.

We end our first day at the much-loved seaside town of Tenby, where colourful houses line up along the clifftops, with shops, cafés and pubs encircled by sections of the old castle wall dating back to the Norman invasion. Below lies a picturesque fishing harbour, and golden sand beaches with views out to the monastic Caldey Island and beyond. Take time in the evening to have a traditional dinner & drinks, or wander along the promenade.

We begin our second day at Freshwater West – an expansive sandy bay with that 'edge of the world' feeling, backed by dunes and fields. Naturally, it's a favourite Hollywood filming location – Robin Hood and Harry Potter have both used this beach for filming!

Next we travel on to explore St David’s - Britain’s smallest city, named after the Patron Saint of Wales St David, and home to his namesake Cathedral, and remains of the Bishop’s Palace; part of the monastery founded here by St David in the 6th Century.

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We spend the afternoon discovering the stretch of coastline from St David’s up towards Fishguard. We visit black rock beach Abereiddy, home to the incredible Blue Lagoon, and Porthgain – a fishing village once home to a thriving lime, stone, slate and brickmaking industry.

We then visit the Neolithic Burial Chamber Carreg Samson, before our ultimate stop at Strumble Head, where a lighthouse perches on the clifftops, a warning to passing ships of the wild seas below.

Perfect for nature lovers, those that love being outside, history geeks & those that are feeling a bit frazzled and in need of a restorative break, our 2 day, 1 night Into the West tour covers all the must-sees for those short on time, and offers a perfect introduction for your next visit because well... you will be coming back!