The second largest castle in Wales,
Pembroke Castle was built in the 12th century by the
English. Set on a limestone hill, it guarded the strategically
important town of Pembroke. The massive curtain walls
have five projecting round towers and a great keep,
21 metres high and 6 metres thick at the base. An unusual
feature is the huge vaulted cavern— probably used
as a boathouse—below the Norman hall. The castle
proved so impregnable to cannon fire during the Civil
War that Cromwell’s men had to starve out the
castle’s Royalist defenders!
Visit the castle and enjoy free time in this picturesque
town before being taken back to the ship.