Famous for its role in history, Carew Castle is less well known - but just as important - for its wildlife. The Castle, grassland, Millpond and Mill Lane were designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of this fact in 1995.
Hungry bats love to hunt the moths, beetles and invertebrates that live among the long grasses and wildflowers here at Carew Castle – that’s one reason why we let the grass grow long.
More than half of all the species of bats found in Britain – including the rare greater horseshoe bat – have been recorded here over the past few years.
The South West Tower is closed to the public to protect the bats that live there.
More than half of all the species of bats found in Britain – including the rare greater horseshoe bat – have been recorded here.
Carew Castle is reputedly one of the best sites in Britain for the southern polypody fern and waxcap fungi. In the grassland around the Castle grow spotted medick, knotted hedge-parsley and fiddle dock.
Blue-tits, wrens, blackbirds and jackdaws all make their home in Carew Castle. Owls nest in the Castle ruins as well. At twilight you can sometimes see a barn owl hunting around the Castle. Little owls, tawny owls and barn owls have also been recorded at the Castle.
The Millpond attracts redshanks, curlews, common sandpipers and shelducks as well as Carew’s resident swans. We are often lucky enough to spot kingfishers near the Mill in late summer. Swallows nest each year in the Mill and in late spring/early summer you can view ‘swallow-cam’ in the Mill Shop!
Discover more about Carew Castle
Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
Step back in time and exchange your vows in the historic setting of Carew Castle
Book tickets for evening events at Carew Castle such as Open Air Theatre performances and evening Castle tours.
Shop and eat
There is a wide range of refreshments on offer in the Nest Tearoom as well as the Castle and Mill shops.
School Visits to Carew Castle
Carew welcomes school groups throughout the year introducing children to the tastes, smells and sights of life in a Castle.
Plan your visit
Carew Castle’s rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation.
Castle and Mill History
At the end of the 11th century, the Normans extended their conquest of England into Wales and Pembroke Castle became the centre of Norman rule in Sout...