Pembroke Castle is one of the largest castles in Wales. In 1189 William Marshall became Earl of Pembroke and the castle passed into his hands. Over the next 30 years he transformed the earth and timber structure into a powerful stone fortification.
William Marshal was a mighty figure in medieval Britain. Eventually Pembroke Castle passed into the hands of a new Earl, Henry VI’s half-brother Jasper Tewder. During the Wars of the Roses Jasper’s sister-in-law Margaret was sent to Pembroke Castle for her safety. There she gave birth to a son Henry Tewder, who later defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bowsworth field to become the first monarch of the Tudor Dynasty.
A magnificent 13th century Norman castle, idyllically set on the river estuary, just minutes from the breathtaking beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast. Exciting displays of medieval life, events, see website for details. Picnic area, snackbar, brass rubbing centre, giftshop.
Open all year round
1st April – 30th Sept 9.30am – 6pm
March & Oct 10am – 5pm
Nov – Feb 10am – 4pm
Castle and Exhibition Rooms are open to the public daily
Castle is closed on 24th 25th 26th December and 1st January