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Review of Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Pembroke
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Owner description: 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.
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Sutton Coldfield, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

So much to see here. One of the best castles I've been to. In excellent condition, very informative and steeped in history. My wife couldn't manage much of it because of walking difficulties so she left me too it! The views are spectacular across the countryside. The staff are very informative and helpful.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Classic castle, excelent guided tour. Amazing architecture...”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Visited during August (2013), for roughly £6 we had a guided tour, which was almost like a private tour as nobody else seemed to ay the £1.50 supplement. However, it was well worth it if you want a quick (45mins or so) tour around a piece of Tudor History in a clear concise and knowledgeable way. Our tour guide (Zoe) seemed to know the castle like she lived there herself.

There are big open grounds inside the castle walls, a great view from the top of the turrets and the keep. The spiral staircases are quite narrow and winding (not good for those less mobile), but worth the effort for the views.

The cave to the lower reaches of the castle does look like somewhere a dragon lives (below the castle) and is truly spectacular.

The café was a but pricey, but with some basic and tasty coffee shop style food.

Definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere nearby.

Visited August 2013
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Largs, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you are in the area, then add Pembroke Castle to your itinerary. There are so many rooms on different levels, set out how they would been through the castles active life, battlements to walk around, countless spiral staircases, access to the tops of the turrets with great views of the town and surrounding countryside.
It was about £6 (adult) to get in at the time we visited (Sept 2013), well worth it.
There is also a cafe, guided tours and a large open grass green in the centre.

Visited September 2013
Thank David H
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53 reviews
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“OK, not about Pembroke as an atrraction but the Ferry Port. and Irish Ferries in particular.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

FIrst time we had travelled to Ireland with Irish Ferries. Traveling to Rosslare they only depart from Pembroke. If you are traveling by car, there is a Tesco Fuel station about 2 miles before the port and they have a 'night' pump where you can fill up with Debit or credit card. Once in the Ferry car park we wondered whether it would be a free for all once the check in opened, no it was done by the parking lines, having travelled from Fishguard and back from Rosslare we have always had the Passports ad ticket handy, so well prepared we pulled up at the check in only to be told who we were by name in the vehicle, Brilliant, vehicle recognition. we had also paid for Club Class so were in the Priority lane and had coplimentary drinks and snacks on board, on the return journey because I had been very ill on our last day we upgraded by phone to a cabin, this allowed me an ensuite bathrrom if needed. But what a way to go, especially on the early ferry out, we had our heads down before we were out of Pembroke.
The other thing I will mention if you are on the early 2.45AM-7AM ferry is that all hotels in Ireland will serve non-residents breakfast, a great way to start the day, why don't UK Hotels do that? well I know Premier Inns do but that is the only one I have tried.

Visited August 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating castle”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent an afternoon at Pembroke Castle whilst on holiday in Manorbier. Although the weather was not too good, there was plenty of shelter and loads of interest in the castle. We visited the tearooms too, just to make sure the coffee was up to standard....and it was! Would definitely recommend a visit here if you're in the area. Wonderful views of the estuaryThe staff were brilliant, specially the lady in the shop.

Visited June 2013
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