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Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire

Posted by Luci Ackers on 10 March 2015
Related property: St Brides Castle
Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire

Tenby's Carew Castle in west Pembrokeshire has a history spanning 2,000 years and demonstrates the gradual development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house.

The huge stone castle is a great place to visit, set in a picturesque location overlooking a large millpond. Now ruined, the castle was once a powerful stronghold and mansion and is still home to an impressive 11th century Celtic cross as well as the only restored tidal mill in Wales and a medieval bridge. All three of these are linked by an easy one-mile circular walk which provides uninterrupted views of the castle on an easy access path suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. There is a picnic area as well, so you can take a break to enjoy the views.

Explore the castle interiors and see what is left of the grand old rooms. Under the ribbed vaulting of the kitchen, cooking would have taken place over an open fire. You can climb the staircases to the solar, where there is a view out to the battlements, then visit the chapel and the Hall to get a feel of castle life. Outside you can admire the courtyard and the grounds and the Elizabethan walled garden with its collection of herbs.

Keep your eyes peeled while visiting – Carew Castle is the setting for several ghost stories and you never know when you may catch a glimpse of someone who shouldn't be there...

The most popular sightings are that of the 'white lady' and, strangely, a Barbary ape though the ghosts of a Celtic warrior and a kitchen boy have also been heard or spotted. The 'white lady' is said to be the beautiful princess Nest who attracted the attention of many men late in the 11th century, including King Henry I. She was held prisoner at Cilgerran Castle for six years and died shortly afterwards, but it was Carew that was her rightful home and Carew that she has been wandering ever since. The ape was supposedly the pet of Sir Rowland Rhys in the 18th century. One stormy night the ape turned on its master and killed him. He now roams the north west tower.

If you fancy exploring this intriguing castle for yourself, take a look at the Carew Castle events page and plan your visit here.

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Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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