Milford Haven, Wales

Introduction to Milford Haven, Wales

Located on the northern side of the Milford Haven Waterway, this pretty coastal town boasts beautiful sandy beaches, a charming marina and years of seafaring heritage. 

At the mouth of the River Cleddau, the protected harbour of Milford Haven has welcomed seafarers since Viking times: the name is said to be derived from Norse. In the 18th century it was the home of Nantucket whaling fleets, and later the centre of the Welsh fishing industry. The Milford Haven Museum traces this fascinating history with drawings, maps, photographs and artefacts.

A few miles up the estuary is the mighty Pembroke Castle, a medieval fortress that’s largely intact. It was the birthplace of Henry Tudor – father of Henry VIII – and has an excellent exhibition centre. Also within reach, and well worth visiting, are Carew Castle and Haverfordwest Castle.

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• Be captivated by the most visited garden in Wales
• Marvel at the collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties

Gardening Tour
DurationApprox 6 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales - the first national botanical garden to be created in the United Kingdom in over 200 years.

As a landmark Millennium project, the Garden of Wales links the history of the last millennium with the next. It is set in the former 18th century regency park of Middleton Hall, a 568 acre estate on the edge of the Towy Valley. The Garden enjoys a pollution-free environment, spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and a rich cultural heritage.

On arrival the major feature facing you is The Broadwalk, which bisects the formal garden and acts as the Garden’s spine. Its meandering herbaceous border mimics the natural flow of nature along its length. It is the longest border of its kind in Europe and leads visitors into the past, the present and the future. Thousands of spectacular herbaceous perennials and shrubs embrace clusters of ancient rocks from counties all over Wales. The borders are laced with scented paths, allowing keen gardeners the opportunity to study the flowers in minute detail.

Middleton’s Double Walled Garden is huge – its outer wall encloses almost three acres, the inner wall half that. The Garden’s collection of outdoor rooms is filled with an abundance of rare and exotic plants, demonstrating the latest scientific thoughts on evolution along with a variety of heritage fruits and vegetable crops. In 2007 the Tropical House was opened and is bursting with palms, pineapples, coconuts cardamom and scores of orchids. 

Progressing along the Broadwalk, the path ahead culminates with the fascinating arc of the Great Glasshouse on one side and Millennium Square on the other. You will have had tantalising glimpses of the Great Glasshouse during your walk through the gardens, but it is only when coming face-to-face with its dramatic size, technical virtuosity and elegance that this immense single span glasshouse can be fully appreciated. Measuring 110 metres long and 60 metres wide, it reflects the gentle contours and muted colours of the surrounding hills – its form blending perfectly with the undulating landscape. Displaying flora from the earth’s endangered Mediterranean regions, it is also the first time any glasshouse collection has brought together the natural displays of any one eco-system from all continents. Walking through the Great Glasshouse is an awe-inspiring experience. Exotic flowers perfume the air and add a dazzling variety of colours that attract butterflies and insects. Birdsong and water cascading into a deep ravine fills the Glasshouse with sound.



Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: You will have an introductory tour of the Gardens, on arrival, followed by free time where walking is at guests’ own discretion. The Gardens are wheelchair accessible however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. You will be at the Gardens for approximately three and a half hours. Lunch is not included – there is a restaurant and café from which to purchase food, should you so wish, during your free time.


• Explore the unique features of Pembroke Castle
• Admire the circular rooms, portcullises and natural cavern
• Enjoy free time in Tenby – one of Britain’s most picturesque harbour towns

DurationApprox 3.75 hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Visit the second largest castle in Wales - Pembroke Castle was built in the 12th century by the Normans and was the birth place of Henry Tudor - Henry VII. Explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers, take in the spectacular views from the Great Keep or descend into Wogan Cavern. 

Set on a limestone hill, the castle guarded the strategically important town of Pembroke. The massive curtain walls have five projecting round towers and a Great Keep - 21 metres high and six metres thick at the base. It proved so impregnable to cannon fire during the Civil War that Cromwell’s men had to starve out the castle’s Royalist defenders! Visit the impressive stronghold and enjoy a guided tour that will bring this ancient castle to life.

You will continue with a visit to the ancient, harbour town of Tenby. This much-loved ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’ is a lovely old walled town, with much of the wall still intact. The town boasts three award-winning beaches and its harbour is one of the most photographed scenes in Britain. Due to the narrowness of the streets, your coach will park on the outskirts of the old town and you can take a leisurely stroll down to the harbour front. The energetic may wish to climb Castle Hill, just above the harbour, and be rewarded with some superb views across the coast to Caldey Island with its Cistercian Monastery, or you can simply enjoy the harbour views.

Leaving Tenby, your return drive will take you through some of Pembrokeshire’s prettiest countryside.   




Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Due to the uneven terrain and many steps at the Castle, and inclined and uneven walking required during your free time at Tenby, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The guided visit of Pembroke Castle will last approximately one hour and you will have approximately 45 minutes of free time at Tenby, where walking is at your own discretion.  



• Admire the breathtaking vistas along the Pembrokeshire coast
• Appreciate the beauty of the area as you explore on foot

DurationApprox 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Enjoy the beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast as you join your guide for a walking tour that takes you along a section of the Pembrokeshire coastal path, which runs from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north. Discover a variety of scenery, wildlife and a wealth of cultural and historical diversity stretching from the Iron Age to the present.

You will be taken by coach to Kete where you will begin your walk, with your experienced guide, out towards St Ann’s Head and then along the Coastal Path. Highlights include St Ann’s Head (scene of the Sea Empress grounding in 1996), lighthouses old and new, coastguard cottages, Mill Bay where Henry Tudor landed in 1485, and Cobbler’s Hole.

The route taken will be approximately seven kilometres, over varying terrain, and will show you some of the best scenery the Pembrokeshire coast has to offer.


Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: All participants must be able to keep up with the pace of the group for the walk, which will take approximately two hours. The terrain covered on foot will include uneven, stony and narrow paths, and the surfaces can vary depending on the weather. Sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day (including waterproofs) are recommended. Please bring a bottle of water, and snack if required, with you. Please note that there are no toilet facilities available during this tour. What wildlife might be seen cannot be guaranteed.


• Travel through the only predominantly coastal National Park in Britain 
• Enjoy time in St David’s – Britain’s smallest city

DurationApprox 4.25 hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Pembrokeshire has been described as ‘a best kept secret’ - not only in Wales, but also in Britain. It is justifiably proud for being home to Britain’s only coastal National Park – 300 kilometres of stunning coastline that attracts many visitors year round. This panoramic tour unveils the unique Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - visiting the pretty fishing port of Fishguard, nestled under the Bluestone outcrops of the Preseli Hills, and St David's - Britain's smallest city.

Commence your scenic drive by heading north through the rolling farmland of Pembrokeshire and through the town of Haverfordwest and towards Fishguard, once a bustling port to the west of the pretty Preseli Hills. Stop at Goodwick, which was just a cluster of fishermen’s cottages until the arrival of the railway a century ago, for a photo opportunity with views up the coast towards Dinas Head.

Your scenic drive continues, skirting the National Park, through prosperous farmland to St David’s – Britain’s smallest city. St David’s would be no more than a village were it not for the fabulous cathedral that lies at its heart. Join your guide for a short stroll around the city and admire the exterior of the cathedral.

Returning to Milford Haven, you will enjoy fine views across to St Bride’s Bay where smuggling, piracy and wrecking were all popular pastimes. A brief stop will also be made at Newgale for a breathtaking view of the coastline.


Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is suitable for all guests, providing they can board the coach unaided. There is minimal walking involved to reach the tour coach (and vice versa), walking at the photo stops is optional, and the amount of walking in St David’s is at the discretion of the individual.



• Uncover the unique Welsh tradition of lovespoons 
• Explore pretty Narberth with its variety of bespoke shops and art galleries

DurationApprox 4 hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the charming tradition of Welsh lovespoons as you learn about their history and watch them being carved, before enjoying free time in delightful Narberth.

The Welsh tradition of carving lovespoons is believed to have evolved from the decoration of wooden cooking spoons. Through the ages stories grew up around them and the lovespoon is now an integral part of Welsh tradition and folklore. Carved from one single piece of wood, the lovespoon has a wealth of romantic symbolism and meaning. The earliest known example dates back to 1677, although the tradition probably dates back long before that. The lovespoon was carved by a young man and presented to the girl of his choice as a symbol of his romantic interest. If the girl accepted the spoon it meant the interest was mutual and the couple were then considered to be courting (or ‘spooning’). Over the years, as the lovespoons became more elaborate and decorative, they have become collectable.

The custom was widespread into the late 19th century when it gradually died out. However, lovespoon making has continued as a traditional craft and you will visit Kerry Thomas in his workshop to learn more about the history and customs of the craft. There is also the opportunity of purchasing a lovespoon as a souvenir from your Welsh port of call.

Next, visit the nearby town of Narberth. Ever since the days when it was the first stop for the Milford to London Stagecoach, Narberth has been one of Pembrokeshire’s most accessible and welcoming attractions. The town has a unique blend of old and new. Rich in history, it offers a warm and friendly welcome to some of the best shopping in Wales. You will have some free time in Narberth to explore the town independently or to seek out the popular antique shops. There are gift shops, which offer a wide range of traditional and contemporary designs, a growing number of art galleries, and craft shops displaying and selling the work of local artists.



Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is suitable for most guests as walking is at your own discretion. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. You will spend approximately one hour at the workshop and have approximately 30 minutes of free time in Narberth. The tour may operate in reverse order.


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