A stones throw away from the popular tourist town of Tenby is the stunning seaside village, Manobier. A mighty fine attraction to surfers on days of good swell and a blissful place to bathe when calm, Manobier is the perfect place to stop off at if you’re a lover of breathtaking views, a history fanatic, an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover.
The quaint little village is steeped in history and undoubtedly, one of the finest attractions has to be the grand Manobier Castle which overlooks the bay. Unlike some of the other castles in Pembrokeshire Manobier was never attacked, explaining it’s good state of preservation today and whilst it may be privately owned it is open to the public throughout the year and well worth a visit, especially for children who love to explore towers and passageways.
But it’s not only the sea lovers that are so attracted to this place. The bay is surrounded by cliffs and dunes and the dramatic landscape makes the area very popular with walkers. The coastal path passes straight across Manobier beach and as you approach from the National Trust car park you have the option of 2 coastal walks. One heads east towards Skrinkle Haven and the other heads west towards Swanlake bay. There is also a bus service which runs along the coast to Lydstep, so you could always walk one way and catch the bus back.
On top of all that the beach itself is the perfect attraction to families big or small. At low tide the rock-pools are great to explore and are teeming with wildlife. Manobier also marks the start of the area designated as the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation, recognising that the marine life on this part of the coast is of European importance!
PLACES TO EAT
Further into the village you will find several cafes and a pub, plus a selection of hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation. A firm favourite of mine is The Potting Shed, located a Manobier Garden Centre which sells delicious and generous breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea options.
National Trust carpark – Additional spaces can be found further along the coastal road towards Freshwater East
Dog Friendly – our 4 legged furry friends are welcome at the castle too but must be kept on leads
Ice-cream van during the summer season
Cafes & a pub in the village
Whether you’re looking for a day out with young children, searching for a place to grab a wave or wanting to head out on an afternoon walk, Manobier has something for everyone.