Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
One of the most magnificent of Britain's castles is the "birth place of the Tudor Dynasty." You can climb the 80ft Great Keep, descend into a pre-historic cave and look down into a prisoner in a medieval dungeon. There is also a cafe and gift shop. During school holidays there are falconry displays, historic re-enactments and family entertainment. The main exhibition rooms display models and weaponry as well as telling the story of the history of the castle. You can also visit the room that King Henry VII the founder of the Tudor Dynasty was born.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Christopher C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic history day
    I am a huge fan of visiting castles and historical places and I can say this was one of the very best places I have visited. It was truly outstanding. The level of detail and history was pitched perfectly. The tour guide, videos and static displays portray and excellent historical narrative of the castle and relate it to the wider history of the British Isles in a superb way. It was an absolute pleasure to visit the castle. It was very good value for money and we spent all day there. I would love to return.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Samantha B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Guide
    Had an amazing tour around the castle with our guide Gareth. What a brilliant story teller, his enthusiasm was such fun and he kept us fully entertained for well over the hour. We didn't want it to end! Fantastic visit, would thoroughly recommend for all those history nuts like me.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Julie M
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day of history......
    We had no pre-conceptions of our visit (on 3/7) except to see such an amazing castle. However we spent over 4 hours visiting and what made it more amazing was our free tour with Gareth. An ex-history teacher who's knowledge of the castle and that period made our day. We could have listened to him all day. And even though the Wogan Cave is shut for an archeology dig (and I wanted to see it as it was in A Discovery of Witches), we got very good value for money.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Bridget S
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful castle - great value!
    We had a lovely visit to Pembroke Castle. Wendy was our tour guide for an hour that was filled with historical facts and stories. I first visited the castle in the 1960s, I think, and it still delivers as a well kept and fascinating attraction. Nice cafe too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • ChrisJoElise
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour made the experience
    Had an amazing “free” (included in ticket price) tour with Gareth. The best tour we’ve been on; amazing guide, fantastic story teller, funny and incredibly knowledgeable. Would strongly recommend doing the tour as it transforms the whole visit and also saves you from having to do all the reading which can get a bit tedious.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Larry B
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the very best castles - a must visit.
    One of the best castles I’ve visited. We had a brilliant guided tour from David who was entertaining and knowledgeable. So much history here and so many great stories of the people who lived here - not least Henry VII and the beginnings of the Tudors. A real gem of a castle!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Martin B
    Cowbridge, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour de force!
    A ‘tour-de-force’ from our tour guide Gareth yesterday! I probably learnt more in our 80 minute tour (he went over a little bit!) about the early history of Wales following the Norman conquest than I did on a part-time history course I attended at Cardiff University last year! Detailed family histories focusing on the importance of, for example, Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII) were explained in an entertaining but captivating way. I am a tour guide myself at St Donats Castle near Llantwit Major whose occupants (the Stradlings) were also heavily involved in the Civil War that engulfed Pembroke. So may I extend a cordial welcome to Gareth to come and visit us anytime! We boast an unbroken history of continuous occupation (it’s now a College) extending more than 800 years!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Charlie
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom594 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely castle
    Very good value for money, an incredible castle in a beautiful landscape. The castle walkways and stairways are beautiful and the story told as you wonder the castle is just as mesmerising. The grounds a vast, cafe good and staff friendly.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Gill E
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go there!
    Excellent way to spend at least a few hours. The castle has plenty to explore - lots of roofless areas as well as a maze of rooms, staircases (mostly spiral) and corridors in the more intact areas os the structure. There are information boards around to tell you about the extensive history of the place, but I would highly recommend taking the guided tour, which is included in the entry fee. We had the wonderful Isla, whose knowledge, enthusiasm and clear voice kept us spellbound for an hour and a half. She told us so many really interesting new historical facts and I enjoyed every minute of it. Then there was still plenty to explore, which spectacular views from the towers and walkways.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Sally W
    Moray, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and thought provoking
    Great fun to visit. It is helpful to know some of the history first. This is where Henry VII's 13 year old mother gave birth to him. Her first and only child. Such a strange feeling to stand in the room where he emerged into the world, leaving his child mother utterly unable to bear another child. The castle was the last redoubt in Wales for the royalists, standing against Cromwell, until it fell to him and his firepower. Stories attach to this defeat, too, which you can discover as you clamber up winning stairs and along walkways.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 21, 2023
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Rugby, UK464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
£7 for entry was very reasonable considering the amazing history here. There are 2 free guided tours a day and i'd strongly advise being here for one of them. Jessica's perfect rendition of the War of the Roses is worth the entry fee alone. Climbing to the top of the central tower and descending into the cave beneath the castle is a great experience. This is a must see in Pembrokeshire!

P.S. Jessica is a cutie xXx
Written January 9, 2020
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Noni59
Guildford, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Visiting out of season is great, no crowds and you have the undivided attention of the wonderful tour guide, Jessica, and the lovely lady in the gift shop. Jessica was a fount of information, much not reported in the guide book. We were one of her first tours and she answered our questions and even if asked during mid-flow, she continued like a pro! The castle is very atmospheric with centuries of history. The Wogan cavern is well worth a visit. Extremely good value for money and I loved hearing the gruesome details of how invaders were beset with hot limestone, sand and uric acid! Cannot wait to tell my young nephews and nieces about this....
Written January 20, 2020
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Ian B
Yatton, UK46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Make sure you book before you go, restricting numbers in place due to covid.
So not over crowded but it is still a castle with narrow corridors.
Great time for old and young,plenty to do informative lots of local parking very reasonable prices.
CAFE on site currently in marquee to help with covid, tea coffee sandwiches etc. Picnic area as well.
Small gift shop on site.
Worth a visit also the boating around the castle lake , kids loved it no need to book life jackets provided 30 min a session.
Written August 25, 2020
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Nicki M
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Pre-booking necessary due to coronavirus restrictions and not all of the castle was open, again due to restrictions. Limited number of people allowed in so there was plenty of space to move around freely. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Watch out for a couple of the spiral staircases which are very narrow! Loved the large map on the ground and the quizzes and information on the tables and around the grounds. Enjoyable for the 2 teenagers with us. Would visit again when restrictions lifted to do the bits that we were not able to access.
Written August 9, 2020
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Adam D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a superb castle, really well preseved and beautifully kept by friendly helpful people, with loads to explore it needs at least half a day. The whole family loved it and we look forward to coming back.
From the outset you can start getting lost in the gatehouse exhibitions including some excellent models, and sometimes surprising tableaux of life in and around the castle. Dripping corridors and spiral stairs seem to lead off in all directions with more to explore round every corner.
The windowless little rooms at the bases of towers which in other castle are dim and dingey as you pop your head into for a few seconds, are imaginatively brought to life with the tales of knights and lords who called Pembroke their home castle animations projected on the dark walls. A huge map of Wales was fun to explore and helped me realise for the first time the strategic significance of the Welsh Castles, the clear colonisation of the South by the Marcher Lords, and the location of Edwards Ring of Iron. The table tops had witty games to share history with empathy for its characters and a playfulness that made me want to read them all. After a decent sized snack in the cafe served by really friendly people, we went searching for the underground Wogan cavarn..... At the base of a long shaft of stairs is a prehistoric cave come cathedral with beatiful acoustics that inspired us to sing a few verses (it was out of season and fortunately we had it to ourselves). There is even a seam of gold to find if you can.
The great Keep is a truly mindboglinly massive tower of stones with some awesome views from the top.
Eventually with one last lap of the walls we had to leave, as it was closing, luckilly we got the season tickets for the same price as a single admission, locals perk! and will be back for some events later this year.
Really Great, please can some of the other castle keeping organisations bring their custodians and staff here to see how it could be done!
Written February 2, 2020
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
With me being a bit of a Tudor buff I took the family here for the day. There is no parking on site but there is parking about 5 minutes away just below the castle, which costs about £5 for the day. We walked up to the castle and paid the entrance fee of about £7.50 each, which we gift aided. You have to wear a mask in the castle as there is a one way system in place for the enclosed areas. However, staff will will sell you one for £1 if you arrive without one.

There is a cafe on site on the right as you walk through the main gate. As for walking round, there are very steep and narrow steps which will prove difficult for people with walking difficulties. We walked round ourselves and looked at the items on display then took a guided tour afterwards. There is a one way system in place but it is well signposted.

When we went for the tour we were the only three there as other visitors had taken earlier tours. However, this was the best part of the day. Without being disrespectful, the guide was only young, but she had a great knowledge of the castle and its history all the way back to the 12th century. We started by the large map situated on the grounds, walked over to the large tower and the underground cave and then returned to the Henry VII tower. Really informative tour and well worth the entrance fee on its own. Took lots of photos but for some reason I have had trouble uploading them with this review. We also visited the gift shop as we were leaving with is sited just below the entrance.
Written October 17, 2021
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Dawn H
Yeovil, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Book a guided tour with Gareth, a retired history teacher. He absolutely made the tour for us. His knowledge, passion and animated manner of bringing history to life, resonated with our whole family, not just our children. <3 After the tour, explore and explore some more. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the restaurant. A not-to-be-missed gift shop will ensure that your children have a token to remember their awesome day and that you have a wonderful keepsake. Pembroke Castle is an unmissable adventure!
Written March 31, 2020
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Aggie S
Cardiff, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Arrived just in time for a free guided tour (11:30) with a brilliant guide, Gareth, who also happens to be a retired history teacher. He was engaging, full of stories and definitely full of energy to keep us all interested. The man is definitely an asset to this site! The castle itself is wonderful and definitely worth spending some time in. There’s a little cafe inside also, perfect for a little tea break. Free guided tours are 11:30 and then another one is I believe 1:45 and they last about 1hr 15mins.
Written January 3, 2020
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Experience595970
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Entrance cost is very reasonable, great audio visual to set the scene and then topped off by a guided tour by Gareth - the retired history teacher. Honestly every historic attraction needs a Gareth. He told the history of Pembroke and it's castle in an entertaining and engaging manner. He had us moving round the giant map of Wales as significant events happened and examining and questioning architectural decisions of previous owners. A rare find - if only the Bishop's Palace in St David's had had a Gareth!!!
Written October 11, 2021
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Auracakes
Goodwick, UK1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A resident of North Pembrokeshire and we regularly visit Pembroke Castle. However, there was a lot of it closed off whilst visiting this year, yet the prices remain the same which was a bit of a rip-off, to be honest!

I understand that there is maintenance required to keep such a historic building going, but if you're going to close off the main area's then you need to consider lowering the cost of the entrance fee which would only be fair for people visiting.

We were disappointed and bored and cut our visit short when usually we would make 'a day' out of it. Visit lasted little under two hours. To visit the castle with most area's cordened off it wouldn't even take you an hour to explore.
Written August 1, 2021
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