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Review of Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Pembroke
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most magnificent of Britain's castles is the "birth place of the Tudor Dynasty." You can climb the 80ft Great Keep, descend into a pre-historic cave and look down into a prisoner in a medieval dungeon. There is also a cafe and gift shop. During school holidays there are falconry displays, historic re-enactments and family entertainment. The main exhibition rooms display models and weaponry as well as telling the story of the history of the castle. You can also visit the room that King Henry VII the founder of the Tudor Dynasty was born.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Visited Pembroke Castle and was very impressed. The castle itself is massive and there is a lot of freedom to explore and climb the towers with impressive views. It has so many hidden alcoves with hidden history, which I loved. The cafe is a bit of a let down, all over the place and very small. No communication between the staff, they all seemed like they were on work experience! Bit of a let down if you want to have a sit down and chill before you get back to the exploring. They had a special WWII exhibition which was great and the people who were running it were so enthusiastic, which was great for kids!

Thank Eilish S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Had a really enjoyable day at the castle with our three boys. Lots to see and do, they had a WWII themed day when we went, with the military police shouting at the kids to stop running, take their hands out of their pockets and how to salute properly. It was very amusing for us, a little scary for the kids :-)

The castle has loads of history and a lot of it still standing with many of the rooms and walls still intact.

It was good value too, bring just under £30 for all five of us with a guide book. They have free guided tours and although we missed one, I did catch some of it and the guides were well informed and entertaining.

The only thing I mark the site down for is the service in the cafe. It was staffed by kids who didn't really have much of a clue what to do, how to work the till, and ordering was an ordeal with big queues forming as they were so slow. Every time they brought something to the table, they had forgotten something... such as tea cups when we ordered tea, spoons for the other drinks and then knives and forks for the food.

Maybe it was the first time the staff had worked there this year? But was a shame when everything else was great.

Still, it's definitely with a visit and doesn't matter too much if it's a rainy day.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We all loved our visit to Pembroke Castle today. Great to wonder round on your own - there's plenty to explore and climb up! But the star of the show was Howard, our guide on the FREE tour. He didn't half know his onions, and really brought the castle to life with stories of the castle in Norman and Medieval times and how pivotal it was in English, Welsh and Irish history. Absolutely fantastic - don't miss this if you're visiting South Wales! Decent gift shop and café too!

1  Thank Jilly C
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Pembroke Castle is a well preserved building that has had a key role in British and Irish history. Has brilliant free guided tours throughout the day.

Thank Edmund100000
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We visited Pembroke Castle as the WW2 Living History group was there, and we had a great time! The boys were greeted at the entrance by the Sergeant Major shouting 'get your hands out of your pockets', and demanding to see their ID cards!
The boys thought it was great :)
They also got to handle machine guns, rifles, anti tank launchers (Panzerfausts), do an Assault Course, and of course explore the Castle. Nice hot drinks and snacks in the Tea Room too. Highly recommended

Thank CJ964
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