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- Carew Cross, is an eleventh-century decorated cross. A royal memorial to Maredudd, who, in 1033, with his brother Hywel, became joint ruler of Deheubarth, now south-west Wales. Two years later Maredudd was killed. The cross, 4m in height, is made from local limestone and it consists of two parts, connected with a tenon joint. It is inscribed, on the west face: MARGIT EUT.RE X.ETG.FILIUS or (The cross of) Margiteut (or Maredudd) son of Etguin (or Edwin)
- The churchyard of St. Llawddog contains a megalithic standing stone or Ogham stone upon which Ogham writing can still be seen. A Ogham Stone refers to a stone often upright, inscribed in the lines and notches of the early Irish Ogham Script. Also contained in the churchyard is the burial site and memorial to William Edmond Logan of Mount Logan, Canada fame. Logan was the first director of Geological Survey of Canada and mapped the coal mines of South Wales. The memorial was erected in the centenary of his death.
- Lamphey Palace is located within the small village of Lamphey, just a short distance from the historic town of Pembroke, the birthplace of Henry VII, father of Henry VIII. The palace was established in the 13th century and as it stands, it is mainly the work of Henry de Gower, Bishop of St David’s from 1328 to 1347. The village itself includes an historic parish church and the place known as ‘Bishops Palace’ due to its use by the Bishops of St David’s.
- Caldey Island lies off the Pembrokeshire coast near Tenby in south-western Wales. Separated from the mainland by Caldey Sound, a ferry service runs between Tenby and Caldey Island during the spring and summer months. Caldey is probably best known for its monastery, Caldey Abbey, with the current building dating from 1910. However, a monastery was founded on the island in the 6th century so the island has known a community of monks for centuries. Visitors today can explore the historic Old Priory and the medieval churches of St David and St Illtud, as well as browse the village shops where perfume, chocolate and shortbread made on the island is sold.
- Pentre Ifan is the name given to an ancient manor house with a well-preserved Neolithic dolmen, or burial chamber in Nevern, Pembrokeshire. Dating back to around 3,500 BC, there are several stones from the main chamber that are still in position with other stones scattered around. The site was excavated on two occasions, in the 1930s and the 1950s. Now owned and maintained by Cadw, the Welsh Historic Monuments Agency, admission to Pentre Ifan is free.
- Pembroke Castle is a medieval castle in the county town of Pembroke in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. The castle has a spectacular location, standing beside the River Cleddau. Steeped in history, the first fortifications on this site were built in 1093, and the castle as we know it today stems from the late 12th/early 13th centuries. Originally the seat of the Earldom of Pembroke, it was also famously the birthplace of King Henry VII. Visitors can explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers as well as having a panoramic view from the top of the Great Keep. There are informative exhibition rooms, a café and gift shop on site. The castle is open all year round.
- Today’s Carew Castle replaced an earlier stone keep and is constructed from the local Carboniferous limestone with some Tudor features such as window frames, which are made from imported Cotswold stone. The castle started out as a Norman stronghold but over the centuries has been modified and now shows a mix of architectural characteristics.
- Cilgerran Castle is a ruined castle built in the 13th century situated in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. Enjoying a position on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Teifi and the spectacular Teifi Gorge, what remains of the castle are two substantial towers. The castle has inspired many artists over the centuries, including Turner. Now owned by the National Trust, the castle is open to the public throughout the year for a small admission fee.
- Dale Fort is a mid-19th century coastal artillery fort at Dale Head, Pembrokeshire. The fort occupies the easternmost end of the promontory and is protected by a ditch cut into the rock. The ditch stretches across the promontory and down to the shoreline on either side. The landward (western) side of the fort facing the ditch consists of a loopholed wall, in the centre of which is a bastion with positions for three guns.
- St David’s Cathedral is in St David’s in Pembrokeshire in the south-western corner of Wales. The cathedral, named after Wales’ patron saint, is one of the country’s best-loved attractions. The cruciform-shaped cathedral dates back to 1181 but there has been a church on the site ever since the 6th century. Inside, visitors can marvel at the beautiful oak and painted ceilings, the extraordinary sloping floors and the restored cloisters, all which contribute to its special character. The cathedral and its grounds dominate the tiny city of St David’s, and this and the magnificent remains of the neighbouring Bishops Palace are well worth a visit. Open throughout the year.