The rural hamlet of St Ishmaels lies on a particularly wild stretch of Wales’s Pembrokeshire coast, near the natural harbour of Milford Haven Waterway. The parish church of St Ishmael can be found in a small valley, just outside the hamlet. The south, west and east of the parish are bordered by the Haven, where the world-famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path offers breathtaking views and the chance to see rare birds and marine wildlife. There are many beautiful walks to enjoy on the doorstep of holiday cottages in St Ishmaels, such as the route to Great Castle Head Lighthouse, which stands at the southern point of Lindsway Bay, where it guides vessels safely across the shipping route between Rosslare and Pembroke Dock. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in St Ishmaels, you will find a stunning sandy beach overlooked by towering cliffs. It is a secluded place for a swim, or to watch the sunset. In the centre of the hamlet, the Brook Inn is a charming pub, serving good food and local ales. There is a small grocery in neighbouring Marloes, near the sweeping crescent-shaped bay of Marloes Sands. A greater variety of shops can be found in Milford Haven, a short drive eastward along the coast from St Ishmaels.

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St Brides is a stone-built semi-detached cottage set on a working farm in St Ishmael’s. The pet-friendly coastal cottage lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and promises lawned gardens and fresh air, as well as beamed ceilings, open-plan design, neutral palette and modern comforts.

Recommended Places to Visit When Holidaying in St Ishmaels

Oakwood Theme ParkHave a day out at this family-friendly attraction, with kids’ rides, mini-golf, rollercoasters and more.

Pembroke Dock Heritage CentreDelve into the fascinating maritime history of the region at this excellent attraction.

The Boathouse GalleryIn the seaside village of Little Haven, this independent gallery showcases the work of local painters.

Haverfordwest Town Museum 

Don’t miss this excellent museum, which tells the story of Pembrokeshire’s ancient town of Haverfordwest.