High on a cliff face on the bank of the River Cleddau, overlooking the historic town of Pembroke and its Mill Pond, the castle is an imposing sight. A well preserved fortress dating from the 13th century, it is one of the foremost examples of Norman architecture in Wales, and its five-storey; 75 feet high circular Keep, or Great Tower, is one of the finest of its type in Britain.
It was founded by the Montgomerys in 1093 who established a timber structure on the site of the present castle and Earl William Marshall began building in stone a century later.
In 1454 the castle and Earldom were granted to jasper Tudor, whose nephew Henry VII was born at Pembroke Castle, thus linking Pembroke inextricably with the Tudor dynasty.
At the time of the Civil Wars (1642-49) the castle was held in turn for both Parliament and King and Cromwell arrived in person to start the siege which led to its final surrender.
Certain restoration work was undertaken in the late 19th century and a further extensive plan of restoration was carried out in the 1930’s.
Many unique features make this an unforgettable castle to visit. Apart from the lofty Keep, there is an enormous natural cavern known as the the ‘Wogan’ where flint tools have been found, suggesting its occupation during the Stone Age, long before the castle was built.
Permanent exhibitions and displays give an insight into both county history and national heritage and throughout the year exciting special events take place within the castle walls.
There is a gift shop and snack bar.
Pembroke Castle Trust
Telephone: 01646 681510 / Fax: 01646 622260
Telephone 01646 684585