Carew Castle and Mill
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
What is it?
A Norman castle built on the site of an earlier settlement, and a restored tidal mill dating back to 1800.
Why it is special?
The castle at Carew is one of the few to display its development from Norman fortification to Elizabethan country house. The tidal mill is the only restored such building in Wales and one of only five tidal mills left in Britain.
As well as an 11th century Celtic Cross that stands on the site, one of the three finest in Pembrokeshire, there is a medieval bridge and causeway next to the mill and its 23-acre mill pond.
Tell us something we didn’t know
Carew Castle still belongs to the Carew family but since 1983 the castle, tidal mill, millpond and picnic area have been leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority which now runs Carew as a visitor attraction.
Between 1984 and 1998 a major programme of restoration work was carried out on the castle, funded by CADW. It won a Prince of Wales Award in 1998.
What else can I do there?
- Picnic on the north side of the picturesque mill pond
- Visit the Carew Inn, the village pub
- Take one of the daily, free tours of the castle at 2.30pm
- Go bird watching – the millpond attracts redshank, curlew, common sandpiper, shelduck and swans
How to get there
Carew is on the A4075, signposted off A477, five miles east of Pembroke.
Bus and train: The nearest train stations are at Pembroke Dock and Tenby, then catch bus 361 to Carew.