Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

Welcome to our family holiday in Pembrokeshire!

Pembrokeshire in South Wales is by far my favourite place to go for a family holiday! I first went on a family holiday in Pembrokeshire when I was a child; only twice but I just fell in love with the place. It brings me such joy that years later, my husband and children love it as much as me. This summer will be our sixth family holiday in Pembrokeshire!

Pembrokeshire has everything you could want from a family holiday – stunning beaches, miles of beautiful walks, plenty of castles and gardens to explore, and dozens of family attractions! There is something to do whatever the weather.

Through this blog, I am going to take you through our favourite spots I would highly recommend for a family holiday in Pembrokeshire.

Where is best to stay for a family holiday in Pembrokeshire?

We favour the south coast of Pembrokeshire with its miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. We stay on a small caravan site in Pleasant Valley – I know, could there be a more perfect place name?! It is perfectly located 5 minutes from the main A-road which connects you to the rest of South Pembrokeshire and is handy for a town called Kilgetty which has a pharmacy and a large Co-op for all your holiday supplies. From Pleasant Valley, you have just a 10-minute stroll down to Wiseman’s Bridge, with a beautiful beach and a pub that was recently featured in the Guardian’s list of best pub beer gardens in Wales!

From Wiseman’s bridge, you can walk along the beach when the tide is out to a little seaside hamlet called Amroth which has a few shops and a fab place to eat with a small indoor play area, or in the other direction you can walk along a path that used to be a railway, taking you all the way to Saundersfoot. The path is tarmacked and flat, so perfect for pushchairs and once you get to Saundersfoot, you will find everything you associate with a traditional seaside town – fish and chips, a few places to eat, small shops and of course the gorgeous beach and a quaint harbour to boot.

Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

You can’t have a family holiday in Pembrokeshire without at least one trip to the beach

So as mentioned, there are the beautiful beaches of Amroth, Wisemans Bridge, and Saundersfoot. But go further along the coast and you have the well-known town of Tenby and its award-winning beaches. But it doesn’t stop there; the south coast of Pembrokeshire is literally beautiful beach after beautiful beach. There is Lydstep, Manorbier, Freshwater East and then you hit our favourite – Barafundle! Barafundle is part of the National Trust Stackpole Estate, which is another day out in itself, and can only be reached on foot by parking at Stackpole Quay and walking for around 10-15 minutes. The route is not pushchair friendly with lots of steps to get down onto the beach from the clifftop you walk over, but it was a manageable walk for our daughter when she was two. Be prepared to get to the car park early as it does fill, but I promise you – it is 100% worth it!

If you fancy venturing a bit further afield, another really special beach is Marloes Sands. Again, the half-mile walk down from the car park is not particularly pushchair friendly but not impossible, and our three-year-old at the time managed it with no issues. The views again are simply breathtaking!

Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

Are castles and gardens more your thing?

If so, then won’t be disappointed on a family holiday in Pembrokeshire. In South Pembrokeshire alone, there are plenty to choose from.

Carew Castle is great for an afternoon – it is located next to a tidal pond and there is a mill on the same site which you can visit as part of a lovely circular walk. The Castle has a big car park and café, and in the past, we have been to children’s craft activities there too. The walk is all on the flat, so no issues with pushchairs.

There are also the castles of Manorbier, Pembroke, and Picton within a reasonable distance, though the latter is more a stately home than the others, which are bona fide ‘castles’.

Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

It is worth mentioning the Knight School at Pembroke Castle, which my children have enjoyed a couple of times. It is a free event included in the entry fee and involves the kids dressing up as knights and with actors, learning how to become a knight as part of an interactive experience. They ‘storm’ the castle and learn various skills, graduating with a certificate at the end. However, this was pre-Covid so I would recommend checking their website for up-to-date information about events before visiting.

Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

Picton Castle is also fabulous for little ones. There are lots of walks around the grounds and the adventure playground with a fairy theme is aimed at smaller children. You can get to the playground via a boardwalk which navigates huge plants, all adding to the magic of the place. Again, there is plenty of car parking, a café, a small art gallery, an escape room experience, a stunning walled garden, an owl garden, and the actual house itself to go round.

Where to begin with family attractions for a family holiday in Pembrokeshire!

I couldn’t start with anything other than Folly Farm! It has grown and grown over the years and remains a firm favourite for all of us. It has a farm with a HUGE indoor barn and petting animals, outside animals with a tractor ride, a zoo with animals as large as giraffes and rhinos, a full-size indoor funfair, the biggest adventure playground I’ve ever seen, plus smaller soft play for the little ones, outdoor playgrounds, a big wheel, a go-kart track…..and I am sure I will have still missed things! There are loads of places to eat or have a picnic and it’s a perfect solution for a rainy day on a family holiday in Pembrokeshire, as there is so much to do indoors.

We also love Oakwood theme park which has a range of rides for all ages and have enjoyed the Dinosaur Park in Tenby. Tenby itself has tons for a day out and we always head there at least once when we’re on a family holiday in Pembrokeshire. There is just so much to do with the harbour, beaches, the quirky shops in the town, an amusement arcade, the castle, the museum, the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant hose, and the fort on St. Catherines Island – all of which we have visited and really enjoy! If you’re feeling adventurous, there are also some boat trips that head out from Tenby to nearby Caldey Island.

Family holidays in Pembrokeshire

Has it whetted your appetite?

I hope so! Pembrokeshire is one of those places that is just good for the soul and no matter what other areas we start researching for family holidays in January each year, we simply never find anywhere that compares in our eyes! If you find yourself venturing there, then I hope you have as fabulous a time as we do!

Guest Blogger Bio

Jen Taylor Family holidays in PembrokeshireJen Taylor is a freelance Virtual Assistant, based in Wirral, Merseyside.

She began her career with a background in events and worked as a trainer in the hospitality industry for 7 years before deciding during her second maternity leave in 2015 to give freelancing a try.

As she gradually increased her hours and client base, she found herself working with a variety of clients from a dental marketing consultant to a haberdashery and sewing school to a private scanning clinic, child sleep consultants as well as a COVID-19 scientist.

She is currently living her maternity leave pipedream of being able to work around her family and is now teaching others how to do it too with her Udemy course, How to set up as a Virtual Assistant. You can learn more about Jen at www.jetvirtualassistant.com

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