Sandy beaches, majestic architecture and a rich shipbuilding heritage can all be discovered on self-catering holidays in Pembroke Dock. This bustling Pembrokeshire town lies on the banks of the River Cleddau, three miles northwest of Pembroke. Once a tiny fishing village, it developed quickly following the construction of the Navy Dock Yard in 1814. The town has a busy cargo port, and a ferry terminal with regular journeys to Rosslare in Ireland. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Pembroke Dock and you will discover striking landmarks such as a pair of Martello towers. The dockyard wall and dry dock remain, and are well worth visiting for a sense of the scale of the town’s former shipbuilding industry.

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The Terrace is a row of Victorian houses which were built for the dockyard officers, at the end of which stands the Dockyard Chapel, dating back to the earl 1830s. The Maritime Museum and the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre are both in the town centre. A visit to the Shipwright Inn is highly recommended, with good food and a variety of local ales. Nearby, the Maypole Dairy Diner is a good option for breakfast or lunch. A stroll or bus ride from your holiday cottage in Pembroke Dock, the neigbouring town of Pembroke has one of Wales’ most impressive medieval centres, overlooked by the birthplace of Henry VII, Pembroke Castle. There are free tours, exhibitions, a café and concerts in the castle grounds. 

On the doorstep of Pembroke Dock, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a beautiful place to explore, with rocky coves, sandy beaches and ancient fishing villages. Fishguard and St David’s are a scenic 50-minute drive northward, and Swansea is just over an hour’s drive eastward. Freshwater West Beach is also nearby, with a vast, sandy shore and some of the area’s best surfing conditions.