Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom
Carew Castle & Tenby
City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3¾ hours
Carew Castle was built as part of the fortifications started by Edward I of England to separate the Welsh-speaking north of the country from the English-speaking south. His aim was to consolidate English rule in Wales.
A costumed guide leads you on a guided tour of the castle, after which you will have some free time to continue exploring at your leisure. The castle has a long history but was finally abandoned in 1686, having had a difficult century during the English Civil War. The site is also home to an 11th-century Celtic Cross, as well as the only restored tidal mill in Wales. The castle, the cross, the mill and a medieval bridge are all linked together by a delightful mile-long circular walk.
Next, transfer the short distance to the nearby walled town of Tenby. With its own castle and town walls dating back to Norman times, Tenby was an important stronghold, but is now more famous for its three sandy beaches with clean, safe swimming water. Take a short walking tour with your guide around this lovely old walled town to view the picturesque harbor that is one of the most photographed scenes in Britain. The Welsh settled Tenby long before the Normans arrived -- it was wealthy during the Tudor and Stuart reigns and later became a popular health resort. You will have time to walk the massive walls, visit the fine Tudor Merchant's House, and enjoy the wide variety of shops, cafés and restaurants before returning to the ship in Milford Haven.