About this view
Carew's first castle was an earth and wood structure, which was later replaced by a stone building when the Normans first took control of South Pembrokeshire at the end of the 11th Century.
The castle also displays development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house. There is evidence that there was a mill at Carew as early as 1542 but the present mill building probably dates from the early 19th Century.
The castle’s fascinating history includes links to notable figures such as Princess Nest, Sir Rhys ap Thomas and Sir John Perrot. Click the link for more information on the castle’s characters.
Today, the National Park Authority runs a range of events and activities at the castle and hosts school groups, giving children the chance to experience and learn about the castle’s rich history.
The mudflats and salt marsh provide a perfect habitat for wading birds and wildfowl. There is even a chance to spot herons and kingfishers on the walk around the Mill Pond.
There will be a Christmas Market at Carew Castle on Sunday, December 8th 2013 from 11am-3pm. Entry for adults is £4 (includes festive drink and mince pie) and children go free. Click the link for more information on the Carew Castle Christmas Market.
In 1983, the Pembrokeshire Castle National Park Authority took over a 99 year lease of Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, ensuring the site remained an essential part of the local heritage. The Authority celebrated the 30th anniversary of the lease agreement in May 2013.
There was more cause for celebration in July 2013 as Carew Castle was named among Wales’ top 20 favourite holiday attractions in a national online poll, building on the site’s reputation as a fun day out for the whole family.
The Carew Castle site underwent a busy schedule of works in late 2012 and early 2013, including a spectacular renovation to the Lesser Hall roof, which reinstated the original ‘heart of the castle’ and provided a fantastic venue for events and schools activities in any weather.
The works also included the creation of a new visitor centre, shop as well as car park enhancements.
The renovations benefited from investment from Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Funding was also invested by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Follow the link to learn more about previous work carried out by the Park Authority at Carew Castle.
How to get there
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill nestles in the upper reaches of the Daugleddau in the heart of the National Park. It’s easy to find and get to by road and public transport or by bicycle.
By road: On the A4075, signposted off A477, 5 miles east of Pembroke. There are two free car parks on either side of Carew Bridge.
By Bus/Train: The nearest train stations are at Pembroke Dock and Tenby, where you can catch the 361 bus service to Carew.
The 360 Tenby-St Florence Bus also stops outside the entrance to the castle.
For further information see the timetables on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info.