Jump out of your boat and into a car!
The Marina offers over 200 miles of coast line drift by with many attractions to visit such as Pembroke Castle, Hazelbeach and Skomer Island, but there’s even more attractions and activities to enjoy up in the North of Wales.
Leave your boat hitched up at one of many docks along the Waterway, jump in a rental car and explore a mythical region of mountains, forests and rivers. There are so many things to do in North Wales that you might well forget that you left your boat in the South!
These are just a handful of the activities on offer in the North of the country:
Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
Zip World Fforest
Revolution Bike Park
Take a load off after a long day of exploring the Waterway…
There are few better ways of spending a summer’s evening than lounging by the water with a few drinks and that’s exactly what these pubs offers.
Over 200 miles of coastline lines the Milford Haven Waterway, a thoroughly rugged Welsh landscape that begs to be explored. One can easily while away a week drifting along the river and out into the sea, but you’d be remiss not to drop into one of these excellent pubs along the way.
The Griffin Pub
Consistently voted as one of the very best pubs in the area, The Griffin Pub is a perfect stop off for those visiting the Milford Haven area. The current incarnation of the pub is run by husband and wife team, Sian and Simon Vickers.
Both owners have roots in the area (with Sian’s family having run the pub in years gone by) when the couple saw that the beloved drinking hole was up for sale they leapt at the chance to run the place themselves. After being presented with a box of fresh fish by a local fisherman, Simon wowed locals with his cooking and used the success of that night to steer The Griffin in a new culinary direction.
The Cresselly Arms
Ferry House Inn
Have you looked at hiring transport for your stay?
Depending on how you’re planning on travelling to Milford Haven you may want to hire transport whilst you’re here.
Despite being just a small town you’ll find there are plenty of businesses here that you can hire transport from; whether you’re looking to hire a boat to explore the rest of the waterway, a kayak to discover the harder to reach corners of the area or simply a car to get you from one tourist attraction to the other. Whilst hiring survey equipment like the Trimble TX6 will no doubt prove to be something of a challenge, you should have no problem finding what you need in terms of transport right here in Milford Haven.
The following businesses are well established and have been noted for their customer services:
If you’re not 100% confident in your sailing skills then you’ll have the opportunity to brush up on them with the help of Roland Bowen and his crew of experienced sailing instructors. Having launched his company in 1994, Roland’s team offers a variety of courses all designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to lead your own sailing excursions. Their RYA approved sailing courses range from 2-day training weekends to full blown week-long courses that take you from complete novice to a competent crew member.
Sea Kayak Guides
For those who want to get that extra bit closer to the water there’s nothing better than hopping into a kayak. These sturdy seafaring vessels are perfect for navigating the wide expanse of Milford Haven and gives you access areas that larger boats can simply not get to, this means that you’ll be able to drift off into the smaller rivers and creeks that split off the waterway that is full of wildlife. You can sign up for a complete sea kayaking experience with Sea Kayak Guides, a business made up of three experienced kayak leaders from Pembrokeshire.
Large groups and organised parties will naturally want to travel together which is exactly the market that A2B Minibuses caters for. This professional transport service caters to all kinds of clientele: families looking for airport transfers, stag dos & hen parties, as well as corporate travel arrangements.
As they’re based in Milford Haven, they’ll be able to pick you up quickly and efficiently to take you to your destination with the minimum of fuss. It’s best to contact them well in advance to make sure that you secure a bus as they are often busy with bookings.
|Telephone:||07964 620 677|
|Address:||7 Meadow Park
Finally, if you’re in need of your own transport whilst you’re staying in Milford Haven then you may need the services of Enterprise Rent-a-car. This well established chain has a good range of vehicles to suit a range of needs, so you won’t have to worry about how you’ll get around once you’re here.
The price of booking these vehicles ranges depending on the model that you are choosing to hire, so it’s best to call them directly to get a price estimate before you set your heart on anything.
|Address:||Great North Road
Enjoy a luxury experience for your next holiday in Milford Haven
Continuing our series of posts detailing where you can stay in the Milford Haven region we turn our attention to hotels (rather than B&Bs) that offer outstanding value and a touch of class to holiday makers looking for that sort of thing.
A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential when it comes to enjoying your holiday and for that to happen most people need to be given a certain level of comfort. Of course, when we’re on our holidays we like to treat ourselves to a luxury experience that surpasses our own rooms at home. When you’re paying upwards of £50 per night for a room you expect to be treated well and that means a bed that still feels new, fresh sheets and a general fresh feeling that makes one feel as if they’re the first to stay there.
After a series of brief stays in the following places we have deemed the following places to be of a good standard. Subsequent research on popular reviews sites has confirmed that they uphold this level of service throughout the seasons:
We understand that certain tourists might balk at the notion of sleeping above a pub, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be bad thing, especially when you consider the comfort and value that is on offer at the Lord Nelson. Once visited by the actual Lord Nelson, the Grade II listed pub was refurbished in 2016 and offers visitors to Milford Haven comfortable rooms in an ideal location on the harbour. Food is served there daily and the bar is one of the most popular locations in the town.
|How much?||From £77 per night for a double room|
|Address:||9 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven SA73 3AW|
Beggars Reach Hotel
Follow Milford Haven inland until it becomes Cleddau Ddu and then take a left turn up Priest’s Lake to discover Beggars Reach Hotel, an immaculately presented hotel run by Gill and William, a happily married couple of 28 years and proud workers of the hospitality industry for nearly 40 years. Although this lovely hotel is set a fair way back from the Milford Haven Waterway, it offers comfort and tranquillity that you are unlikely to find at some of the busier establishments closer on the harbour.
|How much?||From £135 per night for a double room (breakfast included)|
|Address:||Beggars Reach Hotel
Nr. Milford Haven
Slebech Park Country Estate
A journey down the peaceful Cleddau Ddu will once more be required should you wish you spend the night at the majestic Slebech Park. Connected to the main waterway via number of smaller rivers, this is the ideal country retreat for holiday makers looking for that extra special touch of luxury. With buildings dating back to the 11th century, staying at Slebech Country Park is like stepping back into time – you can even take part in activities whilst you’re there like shooting, water safari and wood turning.
|How much?||From £95 per night for a double room|
Stay for the weekend and enjoy a Full Welsh Breakfast!
The Milford Haven Waterway is in direct competition with many other areas of outstanding natural beauty throughout the country, so it should come as no surprise that the region’s hospitality trade is one that is constantly updating and evolving to keep up with modern trends.
Whilst areas like the Forest of Bowland and Blackpool might still rely on more archaic forms of accommodation such as caravan parks or static caravan sites, Milford Haven does not have to rely on advertising residential park homes for sale to sustain tourism in the region.
A dynamic community of B&B owners keep the spirit of traditional hospitality alive whilst constantly innovating to ensure that the are remains competitive with the rest of the country:
Angle Bay B&B
On the outer rim of the Milford Haven Waterway lies Angle Bay B&B, a well presented Bed & Breakfast that puts you in the centre of the Pembrokeshire National Park, not to being mention just a stone’s throw away from Angle Bay itself, a beautifully serene cul-de-sac of the Milford Haven Waterway. Their locally sourced cooked breakfast highlights the very best of what the region has to offer with fresh local eggs and seaweed gathered from Freshwater Beach.
|How much?||From £65-90 per night for a double room|
Heart of Oak Inn B&B
There are always plenty of beds to spare at the Heart of Oak, that’s not because their service is bad it’s simply because they have so many rooms. There are plenty of places to stay in Milford Haven, but if you’re looking for a comfortable bed that won’t set you back a fortune then the Heart of Oak Inn is the place for you. One thing to bear in mind though is that you’ll need to rise early if you want to make the most of their breakfast as it’s served between 6:30-7:30am.
|How much?||From £25 per person per night|
|Address:||Lower Hill Street
Set within an acre of landscaped gardens and looking out over the port of Pembroke, the Lakeland Guesthouse is an ideal choice for visitors to Milford Haven Waterway who are looking for a place with a view. The guesthouse is closely situated to the ferry port whilst being secluded enough to provide you with enough seclusion from the busy thoroughfare of the nearby dock yard. This 3-star luxury accommodation is well-suited for families and large groups as there are 14 rooms here which all come complete with their own bathrooms.
|How much?||From £45 per person for a single room|
|Address:||4 St. Patrick’s Hill
Haverfordwest might be the most populous town in Pembrokeshire, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss it out on your trip through the Milford Haven Waterway! Dale is the ideal village to stay which puts you within a stone’s throw of the town whilst still providing you with easy access to the water and a bit of peace and quiet. Broadside B&B is a great base for any expeditions out to the nearby Skomer Island, there are also some great spots for diving nearby.
|How much?||From £40 per night for a double room|
|Address:||67 Blue Anchor Way
Moor up in Milford Haven Marina for a bite to eat…
After a long day on the water you’ll want to get some food in you, thankfully the town of Milford Haven has all that you need in terms of variety and quality. This is a bustling marine town full of colourful characters who have set up shop. If you’re looking for Chinese food, then you’re in luck as there’s a thriving Asian community here who have opened many new restaurants and takeaways for you to eat from.
These are our favourite place to eat out in Milford Haven:
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Offering a chilled out environment with lovely views of the marina, this bar and restaurant was winner of the Pembrokeshire Produce Award signifying its commitment to serving food made with local produce. Seafood dishes are made with the local catches from Welsh Seafoods Milford Haven, meat comes from Andrew Rees of Narbeth Butchers and vegetable come courtesy of Robeston Cross.
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Hip, trendy and informal: Foam offers a relaxing environment to enjoy an evening of grazing and drinking. The menu here boasts a number of left-field food options including some truly sensational tapas and a wide range of gin-based drinks. Booking is advisable, especially if you’re choosing to come for their popular afternoon tea or breakfast – ideal if you’re staying in the Marina for a few nights.
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Another restaurant that prizes the use of locally sourced food above all else, Martha’s Vineyard serves food that has mostly travelled less than 10 miles to get from the farm to table. They serve a good range of wholesome dishes that showcase the high-quality meat that is produced locally, as well as the excellent fish that is pulled from the waterway every day by local fishermen. There are plenty of vegetarian options as well.
The Crow’s Nest Cafe
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For unfussy eaters and fans of old fashioned customer service The Crow’s Nest Cafe is a veritable safe haven of home comforts. Homemade cakes (including gluten free options) sit alongside an ever changing selection of specials including classic dishes such as Steak Sandwiches, Lamb & Mint Burger and Fish & Chips. The prices here are affordable, the tea is always well brewed and you’ll find none of the pretension that you might experience at other establishments on the Marina.
Watergardens Sea View Chinese Restaurant
There’s a good selection of Chinese restaurants in Milford Haven to pick from but we think the Watergardens Sea View Restaurant comes at the top of the pile. Typically reviewed as the best Chinese in town, the restaurant here offers some great views of the sea making it great option for any couples looking for a romantic place to dine for the evening. If you don’t fancy leaving your boat or home for the weekend then you can always order takeaway from them instead!