Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd) is the county town of Pembrokeshire and its location on the Western River Cleddau makes it a central point between other significant towns in Pembrokeshire including Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Fishguard and St Davids. It is only 6 miles away from Broad Haven on the coast, part of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The ruins of Haverfordwest Castle overlook the town. The original castle was built about 1120, although no masonry remains from the period before the late 12th century. The major part of the existing structure was built by successive Earls of Pembroke and Queen Eleanor of Castile in the late thirteenth century. Sadly, only the outer shell remains but there is a good view of the town from the castle grounds where you will also find Haverfordwest Museum.
St Mary's Church is a Grade One listed building and is well worth a visit to view its interesting archaeological features including impressive Gothic arches and decorative carvings in both wood and stone. Free lunchtime concerts are held there in summer.
Haverfordwest was once a thriving and busy port. The quays are still in evidence and the quayside buildings have been redeveloped and converted to other uses. The weir behind County Hall includes an innovative fish pass to allow spawning salmon to travel upriver without having to leap the weir.
The town has some well-known high street stores and supermarkets, unusual shops selling interesting and distinctive goods and outlying retail parks. The centre of the town is dominated by the river and a series of three bridges cross it, enabling visitors to zig-zag through and amongst the shops.
The award winning Haverfordwest Farmers' Market is held on the riverside every Friday. Produce includes fresh fish, crabs & lobster, organic meat and vegetables, artisan cheeses and traditional-recipe cakes.
There is food and drink to suit most tastes including Casa Maria deli which specialises in Spanish food, wine and tapas; or head out of town to Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts at Roch, where the Gardener's Restaurant or tea room offer a selection of meals and snacks in tranquil surroundings.
To the south of the town on the Western River Cleddau, the ruins of an Augustinian Priory have recently been excavated and repaired. A visit to the villages and inlets of the lower part of the Cleddau Estuary make a relaxing afternoon out.
Nearby attractions include Picton Castle and Scolton Manor.