Places of Interest
From Breweries to Ancient Stone Sites and easy Walks
Enjoy the fascinating range of places attractions all within easy reach of Fishguard
The Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery
See the internationally famous Last Invasion Tapestry and find out more about the Last Invasion of mainland Britain. On 22nd February 1797, Bonaparte’s troops landed outside Fishguard and this short, dramatic campaign is the most recent landing on British soil by a hostile foreign force, know as the last invasion of mainland Britain.
Come and see the magnificent 30-metre, award-winning tapestry that recreates the story which was designed and sewn by around 80 local women. It was produced to mark the 1997 bicentenary of the event. There are story boards and artefacts help recreate those historic events.
Lying on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Fishguard Fort is one of the historical key points of the Last Invasion of mainland of Britain, the unique event that the fort ever faced. Its construction dates back to 1781 following an American privateer attack in 1779. In 1797 Fishguard Fort played a crucial role in persuading the French invasion force to avoid Fishguard Harbour, to land further down the coast towards Strumble Head. The fort is easily reachable, right after Lower Town, on the way to Newport. There is a free car park. Alternatively, you can catch the T5 bus or have a nice 20 min walk from Fishguard town. If you come to Fishguard, don’t miss it!
In 1936, Fishguard held the National Eisteddfod, a Welsh competitive festival of music and poetry. The Gorsedd Circle was built to commemorate the event. With only a 5 min walk from Fishguard Square, you can visit the Gorsedd Circle and imagine being surrounded by poets and musicians! Also, you will enjoy a nice view of Lower Town and spot Fishguard Fort on the other side of the bay.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church was built in the centre of Fishguard town between 1855 and 1857. It has a great collection of stained glass windows and a balcony previously added to accommodate visiting fishermen. Unusually for an Anglican church, there is a baptistery pool under the floor in front of the rood screen. Also, you can visit the memorial stone of Jemima Nicholas, the heroine of the failed French invasion. The church is open every day from 10 am until 4.30 pm. All are welcome to the service held on Sunday morning at 10.00 am.
The iconic symbol of ancient pre-Celtic people and their burial chambers. Other burial chambers can be found behind Harbour Village above the ferry terminal. Pentre Ifan is about 12 miles north of Fishguard. Pentre Ifan is the most popular megalithic site in Wales, a splendid burial chamber with a huge capstone delicately poised on three uprights. Although the capstone weighs over 16 tons, is 5m (16ft 6in) long and 2.4m (8ft) off the ground, it is hauntingly elegant.
Dating back to about 3500 BC and unusually oriented north-south, this striking monument stands on the slopes of a ridge with sweeping views over the Nevern Valley and Cardigan Bay.
Castell Henllys is a faithful reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement and gives a living experience of what life was like for our ancient ancestors. Situated about 12 miles north of Fishguard, you can step back in time at Castell Henllys, a unique Iron Age hill fort recreated with fantastic replica roundhouses, built right on top of the excavated remains of an existing hill fort, dating back 2,400 years.
Castell Henllys is a prehistoric promontory fort dating to around 600BC and the only one where you can actually go inside a roundhouse and grind flour and make bread just like the Celts used to!
Visit the Sea Trust Marine Wildlife Exhibition in the Ocean Lab, Fishguard Harbour and see what lies beneath the waves in the harbour and our Pembrokeshire coastal waters. Watch our video of whales and dolphins including footage of a ‘super-pod’ of common dolphins we filmed off the Pembrokeshire coast. See our marine aquariums featuring a surprising variety of colourful and weird fish, including octopus, crabs and lobsters.
Sea Trust is a not-for-profit community interest company dedicated to looking after marine wildlife and keeping the Ocean Lab open for the benefit of locals and visitors. As well as our exhibition the Ocean Lab houses Jude’s Café and shop
Ein Hanes – Our History
A community project on Fishguard Square run by volunteers which celebrates our area’s rich history with old photos, maps, and memorabilia.
Visitors can browse several collections of old photographs and documents, particularly those relating to the arrival of the Fishguard railway and the construction of the modern harbour at Goodwick. Donations are requested in lieu of an entrance charge.
‘Very interesting and informative – a little gem!’ T. W., London
‘Lovely to learn about the history of this wonderful place – thank you.’ S. F., New Forest
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Saints and Stones Trail
The Saints and Stones trails have been set up to give both visitors and residents access to the deep spiritual quality of our ancient places of worship in some of the more remote and beautiful corners of Pembrokeshire.
Visits and pilgrimages to these churches may be made throughout the year. They are normally open during daylight hours from Easter to November. Please remember to sign the visitor’s book and include your comments/impressions, especially if they are happy or funny.
“Stand at the crossroads and look and ask for the ancient paths where the good way lies; walk in it and find rest for your souls”
Bluestone Brewing Co Ltd.
Bluestone Brewing Co. is a micro brewery based on a working hill farm, situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park close to the picturesque town of Newport in the heart of the Preseli Hills. We take our name from the Preseli Bluestone rock, the very same stone transported to Stonehenge 6500 years ago.
We brew with natural spring water which filters down through the organically farmed land, through the rock strata, finally arriving in our well close to the brewery entrance. As beer is 98% water, the quality of Bluestone water gives our modern and diverse selection of hand crafted ales a purity unique to this traditional brewing area of North Pembrokeshire.
Melin Tregwynt Mill
A tradition in the making: here at Melin Tregwynt the legacy of Welsh doublecloth weaving is dearly handed from generation to generation. Our mill has been a ‘one stop shop’ for local farmers since the 17th century – bringing their fleeces to be washed in the stream then spun into yarn, before finally being woven into cloth. Today we find our yarns from further afield but weaving in the same mill building continues.
Our family company has been weaving here at Tregwynt Mill for over 100 years. The skills and knowledge of all our staff, both past and present, keep the tradition of Welsh weaving alive.
Dyffryn Fernant Garden
“Go and see it!” said Monty Don. Six acres of garden tucked into a valley in the lee of the Preseli uplands just before they plunge into the sea at Dinas Island in North Pembrokeshire. A modern garden, made since 1996, it ranges from richly planted high colour and exotic planting in formal areas, journeys through a bog garden to wild marsh, pond and stream. Then it meanders through large blocks of ornamental grasses making sound and movement in the wind.
The wide variety of environments and the abundance of sitting places invite you to take your time and to investigate this place from different angles and perspectives, to bring your own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to your experience of the garden.
St Mary’s Church
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at St Marys Church, the Anglican Church in Fishguard. Sunday Services 8am, 10am, 6pm, and Fridays 10am. Available for music concerts, organ recitals and public meetings.
St Davids Cathedral
Fifteen miles to the south west is St Davids Cathedral, the oldest in Wales. Since the 6th century there has been a church on this site. For the past 1500 years prayer and worship have been offered to God on a daily basis which continues to this day.
In St Davids Cathedral we strive to keep the faith which Christ taught, to be joyful with the gospel message to the hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims who come to this Cathedral every year. We hope that our website will show you something of what we do to honour God and St David who founded this Cathedral.
Find Jemima and Her Friends
Local heroine, Jemima, is hiding with 15 of her friends around Fishguard and Goodwick. In 1797 when a French army invaded Pembrokeshire, Jemima Nicholas made a name for herself by rounding up 12 French soldiers with a pitch-fork, single handed! It’s also said that a further two soldiers were hiding in a barn – she went in after them and, when she came out again, she had one under each arm!
The Jemima Trail is fun for all the family, with a bit of history, a local heroine and a chance to win!