Escape to Pembrokeshire for an autumn break
Pembrokeshire's unspoilt landscapes, towns and villages will enthral those who take a holiday in this far corner of south West Wales during the autumn. The experience is quite different without the crowds but still inspiring and relaxing with awesome scenery and a range of outdoor activities and attractions to visit.
The coast path, long sandy beaches and small private coves become the domain of walkers, often with their dogs now that the beach restrictions have been relaxed. With 186 miles of coastline, mostly within the National Park, there's more than enough space for everyone.
An impressive array of man-made attractions from ancient castles and historic sites to museums and galleries are open to visitors all year round. These include Pembroke and Carew castles, the Castell Henllys reconstructed Iron Age Hill Fort and St Davids Cathedral; acclaimed as one of Wales' greatest monuments it qualifies St Davids as the smallest city in Britain.
Many attractions are free of charge such as the 30m long Last Invasion Tapestry in Fishguard's Old Town Hall, which depicts what happened when Britain was last invaded in 1797 and the Pentre Ifan burial chamber high up in the Preseli Hills.
Unique to the UK is the Flying Boat Centre in the historic dockyard at Pembroke, which was the base for the world's largest flying-boat station in WWII. Displays include the story of RAF Sunderland T9044, which sank at its moorings during a gale in November 1940 and still lies 65ft down on the sea bed.
Families with younger children will enjoy Folly Farm Adventure Park, near Kilgetty which is open every weekend. Kids cantouch and feed the friendly animals at the attraction, which has several wet-weather options including the largest undercover vintage fun fair in Europe. Also open all year for families is the Heatherton Sports Park, near Tenby which has a range of activities from a tree-tops trail to archery, bumper boats and laser clay shooting.
For more ideas about things to see and do in Pembrokeshire, log on to visitpembrokeshire.com.