Things to do
We are ideally located for you to explore everything South Pembrokeshire has to offer. Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven South, Bosherston Lilly ponds, The Green Bridge of Wales, and our closest beach, Freshwater West - ideal for a stroll or surf!
Below is a list of things to do and take advantage of during your stay here in Pembrokeshire.
Walks - King's Mill is ideally situated to make the most of some of the best walking in Wales, with spectacular scenery and 186 miles of Pembrokeshire Coast Path nearby. A visit to the area would not be complete without a walk along the famous Bosherston Lily Ponds said to be home of 'The Lady of the Lake' and from where King Arthur obtained 'Excalibur', his magical sword. From the National Trust car park you can walk through shaded woodland along the lily ponds all the way to the stunning Broadhaven South Beach. From here is isn't far to then visit St Goven's chapel. Be sure to count the number of steps...legend has it that there is never the same number! After all that step climbing you will will refreshment at Ye Olde Worlde Cafe, The St Govan's Inn or The Stackpole Inn.
Beaches - Pembrokeshire, particularly in the south of the county, has some of the best white sand beaches in the UK, arguably the world. Why not pack a picnic, your bucket and spade, and spend the day relaxing, rock pooling, building sandcastles at Barafundle or Freshwater West? Freshwater West is our nearest Beach. Robin Hood and Harry Potter were filmed here and of course it is the resting place of Dobby. A free Elf.
They say that Pembrokeshire is Wales' natural playground and this is certainly true! There is a beach for whatever your heart desires. Others worth mentioning are Manorbier with it's 11C Norman castle, Angle with is secluded lagoon and coastal walks and Broadhaven South with it's iconic Church Rock.
Surfing & Bodyboarding - There are plenty of world-class surf beaches in Pembrokeshire, and several within easy reach of King's Mill, including the mighty Freshwater West. Further north, the likes of Newgale and Whitesands offer outstanding surfing when the conditions are right. Nick is a keen surfer and can point you in the right direction. There are several operators in the area. A quick google should get you on the right track but feel free to ask.
Wildlife - Pembrokeshire is teeming with wildlife, thanks to the presence of the UK's only coastal National Park. Trips can be booked to Skomer Island early in the season to see the island's puffins, one of Pembrokeshire's iconic bird species. There are countless other species to look out for, and not just on land - Porpoises and seals are common sightings along St.Bride's Bay.
Castles & History - South Pembrokeshire is the perfect place to steep yourself in history, as there are several castles within a short drive. The closest castle, Pembroke Castle, is most well-known for being the birthplace of Henry VII. Other castles within easy driving distance include Manorbier and Carew. All are a great day out and a chance to learn about Pembrokeshire's chequered past. A little further away but well worth a visit is Britains smallest city - St Davids. Named after the patron saint of Wales, here you can wander around the 12C cathedral, visit Whitesands beach or climb Carn Llidi. There are many activity centres from which you can book to visit Ramsey Island, hire kayaks or have a go at coasteering. Other places in and around the area include, Skomer Island, St Justinians (visit the lifeboat centre) and St Non's chapel (St David's birthplace) Close by is the charming inlet of Porthgain once a flourishing sea port exporting slate and shale. Now is offers some fantastic places to eat and is the gateway to the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy - a former slate quarry with unnaturally blue water ...look out for seals! If you are feeling brave there are also natural shelves in the cliffs which thrill seekers like to jump off.
Chilling around the campfire - Your stay in Pembrokeshire would be incomplete without ending the day sat round a crackling campfire toasting marshmallows and taking in the beauty of the Pembrokeshire evenings, this is a must! We provide free firewood at King's Mill and encourage you to light the fire under your own covered area and enjoy the night sky.
For the thrill seekers - There are many activity parks and adventure centres just a short car journey away from King's Mill for those looking for an adrenaline rush or a change of scenery. Oakwood Park is Wales' biggest theme park full of magical rides and offers a kennel facility for dogs. Heatherton World of Activities also offers indoor and outdoor thrills and spills including paintball, mini golf, archery and much more. Dogs are welcome here too and there is even a dog agility course to entertain four legged friends. Visit over 750 animals at Folly Farm and also enjoy their Big Barn experience, vintage fairground and adventure play areas. Manor Park Wildlife Park is Wales' only walking safari. Wander with the wallabies or why not join in with the Pig Parade?!
Another thrilling activity popular around this area is a visit to Stackpole Quay. Paddle boarding lessons take place from here which need to be booked in advance (contact us for details) but also you can challenge yourself to jump from the quay at high tide. Seek advice before doing this! From Stackpole quay you can enjoy ice-creams and other refreshments at The Boat House or walk along the cliffs before dropping down onto the stunning Barafundle Bay. Views from the cliffs will take your breath away.
Shopping - A visit to Pembrokeshire may tempt you to visit some of the many quaint little villages or seaside resorts where you can wander around a myriad of independent shops and pick up some artisan produce. Here are just a few of our favourites;
Pembroke - A bustling little town in the summer months. Enjoy fish and chips by the Mill Pond under the gaze of Henry V11's statue and under the shadow of the Mighty Pembroke Castle. You can hire a rowing boat and meander the pond with the swans, cormorants and ducks. Pembroke hosts many Independent shops selling local jewellery, artisan produce and souvenirs from Wales. Wisebuys on the high street is an Aladin's Cave of deliciousness and well worth a visit for fresh fruit, vegetables, local cheese and much much more. Also well worth a visit is The East Gate Gallery; A truly wonderful art gallery bursting with beautiful paintings, prints, jewllery and ceramics crafted by talented Welsh artists. It is also worth noting that Mena from the Eastgate Gallery offers pottery sessions for children and adults on a Saturday morning and will offer a 10% discount for King's Mill Campers. A wonderful way to while away some time should we have a rainy day.
Tenby - A quintessential harbour town with stretches of sandy shoreline includes Tenby North and South Beach, Harbour Beach and Castle Beach. From here you can book a boat trip to visit Caldey Island - still home to a group of Cistercian monks. From Tenby harbour you can also book to go on fishing trips and sea safari's. Tenby is full of boutique shops, great bars and restaurants.
Saundersfoot - Another popular seaside destination that has a reputation for gourmet food and independent shops. A short walk through the tunnel from Coppet Hall beach will take you to Wisemans Bridge. A lovely spot to spend a balmy summer evening.
Narberth- A gorgeous little market town packed with independent shops, antique markets and art galleries.