Welcome to Pembroke Town Trail
The medieval town of Pembroke, birthplace of Henry Tudor, is one of the oldest boroughs in Wales. Dominated by its magnificent castle founded in 1093 by Arnulf de Montgomery, Pembroke grew prosperous through its sea trade under the powerful rule of the Earls of Pembroke, the greatest of whom was William Marshal. The historic core of the town was established then and is still apparent today: one long main street flanked by shops and houses constructed in burgage plots and surrounded by town walls.
Pembroke Castle is famous as the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty. Here in 1457 13 year old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to the future Henry VII whilst under the protection of her brother-in-law, Jasper Earl of Pembroke. On his death the Earldom passed to Henry VIII who later bestowed the title of Lady Marquess of Pembroke on Anne Boleyn.
Pembroke again rose to pre-eminence during the 17th Century Civil Wars when Cromwell himself came to Pembroke to oversee the destruction of the Castle and its walls. While Pembroke was never again to assume national importance, the 18th Century saw a revival of its fortunes and was described by Daniel Defoe as “the largest, richest, and at this time the most flourishing town in all of south Wales”.
The following centuries witnessed great changes and fluctuations in the fortunes of Pembroke as it evolved from thriving port and agricultural centre to the tourist destination it is today.
So follow Pembroke’s Town Trail – there is so much more to discover about our historic town.
Pembroke Town Artwork by S.G. Lewis
Pembroke Town Trail Map
The Town Trail is marked out in 30 bronze plaques which are installed in the pavements at various points along the route. The plaques are marked on the map shown below.
The Town Trail is available as a booklet
With fold out map as above.
£1.50 available at Town Hall, Castle, TIC and various outlets.
Booklet designed and printed by Monddi Press.
Website by Modern Print & Design.
Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society
has published 2 heritage leaflets which can be read in conjunction with Town Trail booklet and this website.
Pembroke – a Sense of Place
Monkton – a Sense of Place
Available free at the Town Hall, Information Centre and Castle or download from
To find out more about Pembroke’s fascinating history visit...
Pembroke Town Hall
and see the famous
By George & Jeanne Lewis
in the upstairs Courtroom
(lift for disabled access). Free admission.
Contact: 01646 683092
Pembroke Town Trail is based on the original Town Trail by Pembroke Civic Trust.
Revised and updated by Linda Asman.
Cover design, map and drawings by George Lewis.
Plaques by Autodromo Ltd., Narberth.
Pembroke Town Trail is part funded by Pembrokeshire County Council through their Town Centre Support Programme and Pembroke Town Council
Digital Town Trail developed by Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.