Things to do near Bluestone: Manorbier Beach and Castle

Things to do near Bluestone: Manorbier Beach and Castle

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We had an amazing few days at Bluestone back in May and we were lucky to be able to explore some of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. After our trip to Tenby, we fancied going somewhere a little more rugged. After a quick Google, I decided that Manorbier sounded like a great place for a walk and a blast of reinvigorating sea air.

There is a car park at Manorbier (charges apply) opposite the castle with toilets and information, but we managed to park on the side of the road just by the beach.

Manorbier Beach is an enclosed bay, with great views in every direction It was great to have the beach almost to ourselves, although it was a little chilly We enjoyed a bit of rockpooling as we explored Manorbier

After a breezy walk along the beach we headed back to the car for a quick bite to eat. I could see Manorbier Castle a little further along the road, so we decided to walk over there and have a look around. I fully expected it just to be a ruin, but I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Once we found the entrance and headed inside, I was so surprised to see how the castle has been extensively renovated. There are many parts to explore, all giving a glimpse into life here in Norman times.

The castle doesn’t look much from the outside, but has lovely landcaped gardens and a cafe inside Manorbier Castle is the birthplace of Gerald of Wales The castle hosts weddings and events and you can even stay within the castle walls! It was great to climb the towers and be able to enjoy the stunning views

I was impressed with the beach, so it was a real bonus to have a castle to explore as well. It has been sympathetically renovated, and you get the sense that the people working there really care about it. If you’re looking for something to do near Bluestone, I really recommend Manorbier as an interesting day out.

Have you ever visited Manorbier? Or do you have anymore suggestions for days out in Pembrokeshire?

Read more about our trip to Bluestone:

Review: Bluestone Wales

Bluestone v Center Parcs: Which is Better?

Things to do near Bluestone: Tenby

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  • The Hungry Mountaineer The Hungry Mountaineer September 11, at 17:13

    That castle looks so awesome! What a fun day out and about! Love your photos!

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  • I used to visit Wales often as a child as my grandparents lived there, don’t remember seeing this particular part though #adventurecalling@_karendennis

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  • Isabel Isabel September 17, at 19:43

    Aww, looks amazing- beach walk and castle, that’s a pretty ideal combination for one single walk 🙂 #adventurecalling

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