Pembroke Castle is a Norman castle, founded in 1093. It survived many changes of ownership and is now the largest privately owned castle in Wales. It was the birthplace of Henry Tudor (later Henry VII of England) in 1457.

The history of the site predates the castle. A vast cavern beneath the Great Hall was occupied during the Middle Stone Age and was later used by the Romans.


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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Judy Bellingham (12 months ago)
Had a fantastic day out here with the family and brought the dog along too! The tour guide Laura (I think it was her name) was great and knew her history! - The tour was free which we really appreciated. Loads of different parts of the castle to see including the cave! Highly recommend for all ages. Looks like there are a lot of activities for kids in the holidays too.
Matthew Davies (12 months ago)
Loved our guided tour by Isla, made it very interesting, going down to the cave is definitely worth it if you can navigate the spiral staircase. Parking is just £1 for 5 hours in season but a small walk up a hill.
Oliver Proctor (13 months ago)
Amazing castle! Plenty to explore, stunning views. Remember to check it out from across the water too...
Graham Slarke (13 months ago)
Excellent, informative tour. Howard, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. really enjoyed the tour. So much interesting history.
charlie jefferson (14 months ago)
Amazing visit, felt like a kid being able to fully explore the castle' s ruins, much is still intact and there is so much to look around at. Well worth the visit, I've never had access to a castle like this before, ones I visited as a kid were in too poor condition to allow much access so this was a real treat and surprise.
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