Venturing Further North?

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

A visit to Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda is one you’re sure not to forget as it’s the home of the longest zip line in Europe. At 1555m long, Velocity 2 is by no means a leisurely trip through the quarry. After a training and safety lesson you’ll soon find yourself hurtling along this zip line at speeds of over 100mph! This activity is perfect for small groups or families but there are height/age/weight restrictions so make sure you check these out thoroughly before you make any bookings.

Bounce Below

There are many fantastic locations where you can go caving in North Wales should you wish to spend an afternoon squeezing between small gaps and diving through dark, muddy pools. But if you prefer a less claustrophobic experience then Bounce Below is certainly for you. An experience that is truly unique to North Wales and is perfect for all ages, Bounce Below presents you with a huge network of indoor trampolines, slides and netting tunnels all suspended in a massive cave underneath a mountain.

Zip World Fforest

There’s no better (or safer) way of experiencing the verdant forests of North Wales than by spending a day at Zip World Fforest. Although you won’t experience the same blistering speeds that you’ll find at Penrhyn Quarry, there are some fantastic rides for small and big kids alike that combine to make a truly unforgettable day out for the whole family. Glide down the 365m Fforest Coaster, take a Zip Safari, enjoy a ride on Europe’s highest five seater swing, or explore the treetops in a thrilling Tree Hopping course.

Revolution Bike Park

Mountain biking is kind of a big deal here and thanks to the rugged terrain there are plenty opportunities for amateurs to test their mettle. Revolution Bike Park is one such venue, set within 120 acres of stunning forest, there are over 10 miles of thrilling downhill trails for you to race down. There are gentle free rides that offer a smooth introduction to downhill biking and there’s also some naturally formed technical routes for those looking for a challenge. A full day uplift ticket is £33 – so be sure to make the most of the whole day!

Waterside Pubs Along The Way

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

You’ll find the Cresselly Arms away tucked in a little corner deep into the Waterway, but it’s a corner that’s well worth exploring. On cold Winter days you can take refuge inside the cosy bar or lounge, where you can sip a delicious real ale or a well prepared coffee, but during the Summer is when this pub shines the brightest. Two outdoor seating areas offer guests the chance to soak up the riverside views whilst they dine on some classic pub grub.

Ferry House Inn

Set right on the waterfront you could easily mistake the Ferry House Inn for someone’s home, such is its unassuming impression within the small village of Llanstadwell. Just over 900 people live in the surrounding areas, providing more than enough patronage for this long-running, successful pub. During the day you’ll find plenty of boats moored outside this pub, with visitors happily sipping pints and tucking into hot meals, but in the evenings this pub belongs to the locals with regular music events providing entertainment throughout the year.

Lawrenny Arms

Serving lunch and dinner all year round, the Lawrenny Arms serves evening and lunch meals all year round from their idyllic riverside location.  This pub is nicely removed from the main thoroughfare of Milford Haven, making it an ideal spot to take a breather for a few hours. Their Sunday roasts are well respected (and well attended), so don’t expect to get a seat unless you’ve booked well ahead of schedule…

Getting Out: Rentals & Hires

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:

Pembrokeshire Cruising

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.

Telephone: 01646 602500
Address: Neyland Marina
Station Rd
Milford Haven
SA73 1PY

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.

Telephone: 07432 660235

A2B Minibuses

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
Milford Haven
SA73 1NZ


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.

Telephone: 01646 690163
Address: Great North Road
Milford Haven
SA73 2NA

Hotel Stays For Special Times

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:

Lord Nelson

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
Telephone: 01646 695341
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)
Telephone: 01646 600700
Address: Beggars Reach Hotel
Nr. Milford Haven
SA73 1PD

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
Telephone: 01437 752000
Address: Slebech Park
SA62 4AX

Bed & Breakfasts Worth Their Salt

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
Telephone: 01646 641394
Address: Kilnback
Angle Village
SA71 5AN

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
Telephone: 01646 698760
Address: Lower Hill Street
Milford Haven
SA73 3LR

Lakeland Guesthouse

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
Telephone: 01646 687274
Address: 4 St. Patrick’s Hill
Pembroke Dock
SA72 6XQ

Broadside B&B

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
Telephone: 01646 636492
Address: 67 Blue Anchor Way
SA62 3RJ

Eating Out…On The Marina

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:

The Harbourmaster


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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.

Martha’s Vineyard


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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!