About this view
Nevern, located just north of Newport on the North Pembrokeshire coast, is steeped in history, with its castle, Celtic High Cross and ‘bleeding’ yew tree providing a lasting reminder of the area’s fascinating past.
The National Park Authority’s archaeologists have been involved in excavation work on the Nevern Castle site for several years, with a further dig planned in 2014.
The castle’s turbulent past can be attributed to its strategic location, having changed hands on several occasions during the 12th Century alone as the Welsh and Normans battled for supremacy in the area.
The Celtic High Cross, located outside Nevern Church, is thought to be from the 10th or 11th Century and is stained with the sap of a nearby ‘bleeding’ yew tree.
There are several local legends surrounding this tree, with one saying it will bleed sap "until a Welshman is once again Lord of the castle on the hill."
The Nevern valley and river provide a welcoming habitat for a wide range of wildlife including badger, rabbit, otter, salmon and heron, which can be spotted by taking the walk below.
The Nevern Castle site was purchased by the local Community Council in 1980 for the benefit of local residents and visitors.
Since then it has worked with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and other partners to maintain and explore the site to learn more about its past.
To see how Nevern Castle has changed through the years, visit the interactive website, which includes an audio tour.
Although much of the remains being discovered today date back to the Norman period, it is possible the site was used as far back as the Iron Age.
For a unique insight into Iron Age life in the area, a four mile trip to the east will take you to Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, built right on top of the excavated remains of an existing hill fort, dating back 2,400 years.
How to get there
Nevern can be reached via the A487 which runs from Fishguard in the south and Cardigan in the north.
We recommend the best way to reach Nevern is via service bus 412. The Poppit Rocket coastal bus also passes nearby.
Visit Pembrokeshire Greenways for timetables and more information about Coastal Buses.
For further information on service buses see the timetables on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit http://www.traveline-cymru.info/.