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Pembrokeshire is a beautiful and magical part of Wales which is steeped in myth and legend. With some 51 forts and castles in the area its no wonder many stories have sprung up around these magnificent buildings. Here we have listed 5 of our favourite castles which are well worth a visit during a Short Cottage Break in Wales.

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle

The huge oval shaped castle of Pembroke is surrounded on 3 sides by a pretty mill pond. The castle underwent a restoration during the Victorian times meaning that much of the castle still stand today. The castle is dominated by the complex gatehouse which looks out towards the town and the circular keep within its walls. The walled town of Pembroke grew up around the domineering castle and contains many fine ancient building in its own rite.

Llawhaden Castle

Llawhaden Castle

Llawhaden Castle is rather more of a fortified palace than a traditional castle. The castle was the home of a number of bishops and featured an opulent interior, which was in contrast to its more castle like outward appearance. The Llawhaden Castle is impressively located on high ground which overlooks the Vale of the Eastern Cleddau.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle is a small and almost triangular shape in design. It is situated on a craggy point on the River Teifi which gave it a strong and commanding position. The outer wall is unfortunately missing though most of the circular towers along with the inner walls remain intact.

Carew Castle

Carew Castle & Tidal Mill

The large stone built castle of Carew occupies a beautiful location next to a mill pond which was once used to power a tidal mill. For many centuries the castle provided a stronghold as well as being an Elizabethan mansion. Some of the castle still stands today including its outer walls and the keep which can be explored.

St Davids Bishops Palace

St Davids Bishops Palace

The Bishops Palace at St Davids lies right next door to the beautiful cathedral in the valley of Alun. During the medieval period these two building would have formed the most magnificent group of buildings to be seen anywhere in Wales. Much of the palace still stands today including the outer defensive walls and the inner buildings.

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