South Pembrokeshire, Wales
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Carew Castle: With its beautiful Celtic Cross adjacent, Carew Castle appears to hide from view as the whole historical montage is approached from the neighbouring A 4075 road, that twists its way down to the Carew River, a tidal arm of Milford Haven. Viewed in the afternoon or early evening this is truly an evocative place, with a convenient inn just a matter of minutes away!
Carew Castle, now a substantial noble ruin, dates originally from the 13th century with additions, constructed two hundred years later, to make the castle one of the finest domestic fortresses in Wales.
Built to guard an ancient ford across the river, Carew Castle commands the whole surrounding waterside area, standing on the site of a timber and earthen banked fort, which was carefully rebuilt by the Carew family, creating a powerful medieval building.
Later the castle was disposed to the colourful Rhys Ap Thomas family who benefited greatly from their support given to Henry VII during The Wars of the Roses. This included the Great Hall which changed the appearance of Carew Castle from a military stronghold into a Tudor residence of great opulence with further improvements made by John Perrot.
The nearby Celtic Cross dates from the 11th century, stands 14ft tall, and is carved with intricate interlacing knot-work; outstanding in every way. A nearby Tidal Mill, rare in Britain, also commands attention.
Location: In Carew Village, on A4075 (off A477), South Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
Rated for a visit: 10/10.