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a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Israel
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a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Coming from the Cotswolds-Bath to Tenby for a week, by car,we would appriciate some advice about the area, also about places to eat with local taste.

We also booked one night of this week at Caernforn (the rest we'll sleep at Tenby),so we will be able to see a litlle of north Wales. Some suggestions there also please?

The trip is next week.

Thank you all.

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1. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Michal: If you're out and about around Caernarfon, do try to visit Portmeiron Village.

http://www.portmeirion-village.com/

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2. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

If you like walking the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park runs from Tenby to Cardigan in the north. Spectacular views best seen on foot. There are supporting bus services for walkers. St Davids is town with some history.

If industrial heritage interests you the Llechwedd slate mines at Blaenau in the north offers something completely different.

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3. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Have a meal in the Plantaganet Resturant in Tenby - very good local fish. If possible take a boat trip to Caldy Island and visit the monastery.

Take the coast road north from Tenby to Caernarfon passing through Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, Barmouth, Harlech and Porthmadog, Portmeirion - allow a full day for travelling as there are many sites along the way you may want to stop at for a bit.

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4. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

We spent a week at St David's and loved the whole area. Here are just 2 of many recommendations:

St David's Cathedral is marvelous, and feels very old (it is, but it has a more primitive feel than many). In the right light it definitely shows off the purple aspect of the stone. There's lots of very, very interesting, ancient things inside. Take your time.

Nevern is a tiny hamlet, with an ancient church. There is a huge ancient Celtic cross in the churchyard, unbelievably old bleeding yews, and inside there is an Ogham stone, a pre-Norman Celtic language.

This reminds me of a third recommendation: the even older Celtic Cross (really beautiful) at Carew. Drive in to the castle (it becomes readily apparent when you get there) and see the magnificent cross standing alone on the right.

http://images.google.com/images?q=Carew+Cross&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images

And of course, Castell Henllys, a recreated Iron Age hillfort. Simply marvelous.

http://www.castellhenllys.com/

Pentre Ifan prehistoric burial site:

http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=Pentre+Ifan&btnG=Search

And Pembroke Castle, birthplace of the Tudor dynasty:

http://www.pembrokecastle.co.uk/

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5. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Pembrokeshire Coast is great and i imagine you will see lots of the coastal area while in south wales.

Consider the road through Beddgelert and the Sowdonia mountain range on your way to Caernarfon.

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6. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Take a boat trip across to Caldey island. Its pretty and peaceful there (makes sense that theres a monatry there then!). Also you can book boat trips in St Davids around some of the islands like Skomer and skokholm. The Cathedral at St Davids is worth a visit and so are the national gardens of Wales. There are plenty of good walks to take along the coats. Tenby does have some good fish restaurants, though the names of any escape right now.

Caernarfon - you have to go to the castle, its lovely also think about going on the Welsh highland railway. It starts/ends in Caernarfon and goes through pretty scenery.

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7. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Thank you all for your advices.

As I understand there are many gardens in the area. Which are the "must"?

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8. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire is fascinating - a lost series of gardens which have been saved and are being restored thanks to some local willpower and help from the Guatre Vents foundation in the USA. Nearby is the National Botanical Garden at Middleton - very new but you can see it evolving.

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9. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

There must be a garden or two but we didn't see any nor am I aware of any. We visit as many as possible. It just seems that Pembrokeshire is not a place for great gardens, unlike Bodnant near Conwy (north) and Powys Castle near Montgomery (east).

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10. Re: a week at Tenby pembrukshire - any advice?

There is a BBC Wales guide to public gardens in south west Wales on:

bbc.co.uk/wales/…

Agree that they are probably not on the scale of Bodnant or Powis Castle though.