The market town of Narberth is situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Its name is derived from the pre-Norman name for the area, ‘Arberth’, which is mentioned in the myths and legends of The Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh folk tales of the 14th Century.
The town is located on two historically significant trade routes, the east-west route from Carmarthen to Haverfordwest, and the north-south route between Tenby and Cardigan. Narberth became the first stop for the Milford Haven to London Stagecoach in the 18th Century.
History of the Town
Narberth first became a venue for markets in the 17th century after James II granted a royal charter. The Market Square attracted traders selling a variety of food and trading animals. Drovers regularly brought cattle to Narberth - at one time St James Street was called ‘Sheep Street’ and the High Street was known as ‘Pig Market Street’. Narberth's importance as a centre for commerce continued into the 19th Century as the town expanded with the increase in the number of craftsmen.
A Modern Town
Narberth is part of the transition movement, encouraging local people to move towards a more sustainable, low carbon society. Today Narberth is a vibrant town full of interesting shops, places to eat, exhibitions and music venues.
In the middle of the High Street is the Old Town Hall, an imposing structure with a double stairway leading up to the entrance.
The Queen's Hall on the High Street offers a wide range of events all year including drama, classical music, jazz, blues, rock, folk, comedy and a film club. The Queen’s Gallery displays regularly changing exhibitions from local artists. The newly re-housed and restored Museum is well worth a visit, not only for its exhibitions, but it boasts an interesting book shop and cafe.
Attractions in the Area
Walking trails near Narberth:
The Knight’s Way - Download trail leaflet
Canaston & Minwear Woods - Download trail leaflet
Llawhaden Walks - Download trail leaflet
Narberth to Whitland - Download trail leaflet
Narberth & Mounton Chapel (Templeton) - Download trail leaflet
Our favourite things to do in the Narberth area:
Treating yourself to something delicious at Ultracomida Delicatessen and Restaurant
Visiting the Museum
Exploring the antique shops
Enjoying the menu at Diablos