Once a powerful stronghold, the ruin stands prominently low-lying on the banks of the River Carew and is celebrated as one of the most magnificent castles in South Wales.
Brimming with history it is an impressive location to visit morning, noon and night. You’ll find large families visiting and taking part in the regular activities within the castle grounds. It’s where you’ll find dog walkers strolling around the outskirts of the property and mill pond, seeing it at every vantage and it’s where friends gather at the picnic site on the north side of the Millpond boasting spectacular views of the exterior.
Admiring the sheer size and scale of the ruin you certainly get a sense of just how impressive Sir John Perrot wanted his residence to be and how he meant for locals to awe his wealth and status. Despite being in the most picturesque location next to the wide mill pond overlooking and powering the tide mill, the castle beholds some of the most diverse architecture; from the west you see a Norman fortress and yet from the north a splendid Elizabeth mansion.
In such a small space of land you will find the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, an 11th century Celtic cross, a medieval bridge and grand fortress all linked by the mile long circular walk and magnificent views.
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm everyday from April – October
Summer Prices: Adult £6 / Child £4 (4-16) / Concession £5 (over 65 or students) / Family £16 (2 adults, 2 children)
PLACES TO EAT
The Nest – a modern tearoom, named after one of the Castle’s most famous residents Princes Nest, is located in the Walled Garden near the Castle entrance. With seating inside and outside the wooden building it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat whether it’s a slice of the delicious homemade cakes or a light lunch. There’s something tempting for everyone.
Opening Times: Open 10 – 5pm everyday from April – October
TIP: you don’t need to pay an entrance fee to visit the tearoom.
Carew Inn – a historic pub that sits across the road from the medieval castle. If you’re passing through and thinking about lunch or not sure where to go for an evening meal then head on in to Carew Inn. It is a wonderful family run pub and the perfect spot to relax with food and a drink and admire the views from the terrace or beer garden.
Opening Times: 11am – 11pm daily
Car park – free parking
Toilets across from the car park
Pub & cafe nearby
Free guided tours available
Go, get outdoors and explore Pembrokeshire and the mysterious passages and towers of Carew Castle yourselves.