With a history stretching back to 1093, the Norman Pembroke Castle is one of the oldest in Wales, guarding the southwestern shore from a rocky promontory overlooking the Cleddau Estuary. Originally founded by the Montgomerys, the castle was rebuilt in stone by Earl William Marshall during the 12th century and much of its current structure dates back to this time.
As the seat of generations of Earls of Pembroke, the castle has a long history of royal and political connections, changing hands several times throughout history and serving as a home for many significant dignitaries. Henry VII was born at Pembroke castle (the Henry VII Tower is named after him) and later, Anne Boleyn became Marchioness of Pembroke.
Today, the castle has been restored and preserved as a tourist attraction, with highlights including its masterful round keep, the striking 22-meter tall circular tower and the vast underground cavern known as the ‘Wogan’, that stretches beneath the castle.