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A Bit About Manorbier

Manorbier is the perfect place for surfers, walkers, hikers, relaxers, and pretty much just anyone, with its beach, famous coastal paths, heritage, and much, much more. Manorbier beach was also given the Green Coast Award and a Seaside Award (Rural).

Modern day Manorbier has become well known as a tourist spot and as a surfing site. It was once famously described as "the pleasantest place in Wales.” Having a picturesque beach and a beautiful medieval castle. Also in the village is the restored Beer House, a dovecote below the castle walls, and The only pub in Manorbier, The Castle Inn, which serves meals as does the Swan Lake Inn in Jameston. Tea rooms can also be found at Manorbier, along with a local shop and post office. On the Coast Path to the east is The King's Quoit, a strange stone cromlech on the coast path overlooking the bay.

A Brief History

Manorbier was first given to The Norman knight Odo de Barri, who was also granted Penally and Begelly in gratitude for his military help in conquering Pembrokeshire after 1003. He built an earth and timber fortification, which was gradually replaced with a stone structure. His fourth son was Gerald de Barri. Known commonly as Gerald of Wales (the great twelfth century scholar, known as Giraldus Cambrensis) who was born at the castle. Renowned today for his chronicles and descriptions of life in his time. The de Barris owned the castle until 1359, after which time ownership changed hands on several occasions, becoming property of the monarchy in the late 15th century. By 1630 Queen Elizabeth sold the castle (then considered "ruynous ... quite decayed") to the Bowen family of Trefloyne. The Philips family of Picton Castle bought the castle in 1670 who leased it to J.R. Cobb in the late 19th century. It was Cobb who undertook much of the restoration work. The castle only suffered two minor assaults: the first, in 1327, when Richard de Barri stormed Manorbier to claim what was rightfully his, and, then, in 1645 during the English Civil War, when the castle was seized and slighted by Cromwell's Roundheads.

Features of Manorbier Castle include a stunning location perched above the beach; a well preserved masonry, chapel, round tower and gatehouse; numerous stairs, towers, rooms and battlements to explore and an inner ward laid out to gardens.

Rated 5 Stars By

The Welsh Tourism Board

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