We’ve already established on these here pages that Wales’ Pembrokeshire region has some of the best Bed & Breakfasts, scenic beaches and coastal walks that the UK – nay Europe even – has to offer. But what about the attractions for those looking for something a bit different? From watching the sunrise through an imposing and ancient stone monument of mysterious origin, to playing with snakes, Komodos and other reptiles or a serene clifftop hermitage – there’s plenty of weird and wonderful places to visit in this majestic Welsh county.
Often called ‘Wales’ Stonehenge’ this portal-like stone monument was built by Neolithic peoples in the area around 3500BC – nearly 5,5000 years ago. About 15 miles from the modern town of Cardigan in picturesque countryside, this impressive construction stands nearly 10 feet tall and consists of over seven massive stones, three of which form a door or portal type structure. Most archaeologists agree that the Pentre Ifran monument was built as a burial marker, but beyond that not much else about the structure and its creators is concretely known.
Folly Farm Vintage Fairground
Now for something a bit more upbeat! A working farm, petting zoo and amusement park – Folly Farm is widely popular with families and local people alike. For the purposes of this weird and wonderful list though, we’re interested in their vintage fairground. With 17 rides available, and not one of them built after 1970, it’s no exaggeration when we say Folly Farm has one of the best collections of vintage 50s fairground rides in the world. Highlights include a 1922 Galloper Merry-Go-Round that was once owned by the Royal Family and an original 1920s Wurlitzer Fairground Organ – that plays pre-arranged tunes by itself through a clever system of air pipes.
St Govan’s Chapel
For a bit of a calm down, and a much-needed spiritual peace after the hectic noise and speed of the funfair, you could do worse than taking a hike to the famous St Govan’s Chapel. Although, hike is the right word – the walk here from the road can be quite rough, so maybe leave the kids back at the B&B for this one.
This historic spot is said to the be the final resting place of a 6th century exiled Irish Bishop, St. Govan, who was shipwrecked off the coast here during a storm and swam ashore to be saved by a miraculous cave. Although, if you’re feeling the history, it’s also been said that his name could be a corruption of Gawain, the famous Arthurian knight of the round table. Whatever the truth of the matter, Medieval hermit monks of some kind definitely lived here – as today you can still visit their secluded and tiny chapel, perched humbly on the cliff face. Truly one of the most Instagram ready shots on the whole Pembrokeshire coast, if you’re into that sort of thing.