Pembrokeshire is fantastic for family holidays, with plenty of places to visit and fun attractions to enjoy. If you’re looking for days out that won’t break the bank, then here is our guide to the best free things to do in Pembrokeshire.
The most popular free activity on holiday has to be the beach, of course, and in Pembrokeshire there are over 50 stunning beaches to choose from.
Amroth Beach is the nearest to our Pembrokeshire holiday park. This lovely beach with soft sand sloping gently to the sea makes it very family friendly. It’s also lifeguarded during peak holiday season.
Tenby is sometimes referred to as a bit of a hidden gem (despite it being very popular during the summer months). With award winning clear waters and golden sand, this stretch of coastline is perfect for a fun day out. The four main bathing areas are Castle Beach, Harbour Beach, North Beach and South Beach, all offering gently sloping beaches, soft sand, and picturesque views.
If you’re keen on rock pooling then head to Manorbier Beach. This again has quite a shallow gradient which allows you to discover the multitude of rock pools at low tide.
Find out more about Pembrokeshire’s beaches here.
Another popular free thing to do in Pembrokeshire is exploring the area on foot and Pembrey Country Park is open to everyone. There are plenty of walks to be enjoyed for free plus extra paid-for activities such as a dry ski-slope, pitch and putt and Wales’ longest toboggan slide.
For some wildlife spotting head to Cleddau Woodlands. This National Trust Park is the perfect place to spot a variety of birds and to enjoy quiet walks through the nature reserve and along the coast. There are circular routes that you can follow including the scenic circular walk that takes you through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny, overlooking the main Daugleddau River and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River.
For great views and some contemplation head to the 13th-century chapel called St Govan’s Chapel near Bosherston. Once the home of a sixth-century hermit, this tiny restored chapel (20 by 12 feet) was built into a cliff and has stunning views out to the sea. Steep steps lead down to the site and through the chapel, with its simple doorways and tiny slit windows, to the cove below.
If you enjoy a challenging walk then you should also visit Culver Hole at Overton Mere, another free attraction to visit in Pembrokeshire. This very tall, narrow cave can only be visited at low tide and you either have to climb down the rocks from the footpath or make your way across the flat rocky bay. Sensible shoes recommended!
For a cultured free day out in Pembrokeshire, visit the home of Dylan Thomas in Laugharne.
The Boat House was Dylan Thomas’ most famous home from 1949 with works such as ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ and ‘Under Milkwood’ being written here.
The Writing Shed, set a little way up Dylan’s Walk from the steps down to the Boat House, can be viewed at any time through a window in the door. It is set out very much as Thomas would have had it and provides a fascinating insight into the man’s day-to-day life. It’s free to visit the Writing Shed, a small fee applies to visit the Boat House.
Maybe the rainbow over the boat house is a sign of the splintered genius of Dylan Thomas pic.twitter.com/y74C5bSMrQ
— Keith Nelson (@keithdavidn) February 13, 2018
If you’ve enjoyed a day at Tenby beach, then allow some time to visit the impressive RNLI lifeboat station on Castle Hill. A great free thing to do in Pembrokeshire, the children will love a visit to the viewing platform, which allows you to get up close to the state-of-the-art Hayden Miller lifeboat.
Every other Tuesday, weather permitting, the RNLI launches this boat into the Tenby waters, a popular sight during the summer months.
— Visit Wales 🏴 (@visitwales) June 20, 2018
So if you’re looking for a great self-catering holiday in Pembrokeshire, then head to Amroth Castle and enjoy a fabulous family-friendly holiday with plenty of free things to do in the area.