Since having the girls we’ve spent lots of time in Pembrokeshire and have had so many wonderful holidays there. Some of my favourite family memories were in Pembrokeshire and both our girls first time on a beach was in Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire has 52 beaches, which is a a lot and we haven’t been to anywhere near all of them. But, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite beaches in Pembrokeshire.
Tenby South Beach
On our first holiday to Pembrokeshire, Alice was 10 months old and it was also my birthday the day we visited. It was a special day because i was Alice’s first trip to beach and as first time parents you are never really too sure what to expect. It was June, and not amazingly hot, but warm enough for a little trip to the beach. There is a small car park at south beach, but it fills up quickly in the summer holidays. There is a small cafe and toilets (chargeable). At low tide there is plenty of beach, and watch out for high tide so you don’t get cut off.
We returned to Tenby South beach last year with my parents, and it was a lot warmer and we had a great day on the beach. I adore Tenby and visiting is always a highlight of our holiday.
Tenby North Beach
We spent a lovely afternoon at Tenby North Beach a couple of years ago, when the girls were only 1 and 3 years old. We were on holiday in September and the weather was gorgeous, we were very lucky and this is still one of my favourite photos of us.
If you see a photo of Tenby beach anywhere, I guarantee it will be the North beach, with its sweep of colourful houses and the harbour at the end. It has its own car park, it’s a long walk down like most beaches. It has great facilities, with toilets, cafe’s and ice cream.
It’s really well sheltered and can become a bit of a sun trap on a good day.
I can’t go to Pembrokeshire without a visit to Saundersfoot, not only does it have a lovely beach, but it is also a lovely place to wander around. It has the cutest shops and the best fish and chips right by the beach.
It’s a smaller beach, but very popular and has a really pretty harbour. There is a large car park right by the beach, and whilst it always looks busy we’ve always managed to get a space. There are lots of shops, cafes and places for an ice cream. There is a cafe right near the beach and they sell the flags that children can put in their sandcastles, which we love and reminds me of my own childhood.
Freshwater West Beach
Freshwater West beach is beautiful, its how I remember beaches as a child, where there is just a beach, an ice cream van and a toilet. What more could you ask for. It also has my favourite part of going to a beach, a rocky reef where we could do some rock pooling with our nets.
There are two small free car parks and it’s here you will find the ice cream van on the days they come. You may recognise Freshwater West beach, as it’s featured in two films. Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where it was used as the back drop for Dobby’s Shell Cottage, which was built on site down to the smallest detail including the seaweed. Although the cottage was taken down after filming you can still walk in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron.
There are plenty of other gorgeous beaches in Pembrokeshire, but these are our favourites and just writing this makes me want to book a trip right now.