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Sweet, brightly coloured cottages border the water in Lower Town, boats gently sway in the current, and sunny benches dotted along the harbour wall provide the perfect spot for you to sit and enjoy the view.

Head here with crab lines to dangle from the harbour walls; swim from the slipway, or try a kayak tour from Kayak-King, or hire a stand-up paddleboard from Board Games, who operate out of the harbour.

In the evening, head up to the Upper Town for a choice of restaurants and pubs, we love the Royal Oak with its informal folk night every Tuesday. Check out what’s on at Theatre Gwaun which is a theatre/cinema combo. The ever-busy West Wales Art Centre has a gallery, mini concert hall and gourmet food.

Fishguard is a musical town with three festivals devoted to folk, classical music and jazz n’blues.

The Last Invasion
Fishguard fort, half a mile from Lower Town, is a great vantage point with stunning views. The canons here formed a defensive line which helped prevent the last invasion of Britain in 1797; along with the bravery of the women of Fishguard: Jemima Nicholas – armed only with a pitchfork – famously captured 12 French soldiers who were prematurely celebrating victory. A crowd of local women, in their tall black hats and red cloaks/shawls, were reportedly fierce enough looking to frighten the French away in terror!

The Port
The large harbour, situated at Goodwick to the north west is a major ferry port for twice-daily sailings to Rosslare in Eire. The Fishguard and Goodwick Railway Station is also close to the harbour.

The Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire, famous for the annual Red Bull Cliff Diving event

Heading West from Fishguard, you’ll find Strumble Head, with its iconic lighthouse perched atop a small island just off the coast. Further round the coast you’ll find the beautiful tiny quay at Porthgain (with some great food options), and then the stunning blue waters of the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy – a favourite spot for cliff jumping and coasteering.

To the northeast, Pwllgwaelod is a popular spot, walkable to Cwm Yr Eglwys via either a flat, well-surfaced path, or the more dramatic coastal path around Dinas Island (Ynys Dinas).

Inland from Fishguard you’ll find the pleasant woodland walks of the Gwaun Valley.  In the summer the ancient oaks offer shelter from the sun, but we love heading there in Autumn to see the turning leaves. Locals recommend a stop at ‘Bessie’s’ (The Dyffryn Arms), where landlord Bessie serves ale from a jug in her front-room pub, as her family has been doing since 1840.

Our favourite things to do in Fishguard

  • Explore the historic town of Fishguard.
  • Visit Fishguard Fort and enjoy the views.
  • Walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
  • Discover the Last Invasion Tapestry.
  • Experience local events or festivals in Fishguard.

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