Last month, we stayed at Bluestone in Wales for a little staycation. After such a long drive, I was perfectly happy to quite literally do nothing and laze around for a week. However, we soon found that we were running out of things to do for free at the holiday park. It’s also not like us to visit a new place and not explore as well.
Since I did all the driving, I told Iain if he wanted to explore he’d have to organise. I was like just tell me where to go! We spent near enough a whole day out exploring nearby parts and here’s the first half of what we got up to.
The general theme of this trip seemed to be doing something different
I had never driven such a long distance before, never visited Wales and never visited a castle! Managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Carew Castle’s history spans over 2,000 years.
The castle is located on a long country lane, don’t worry there’s a pub over the road. One thing that made me a little anxious was parking but there’s plenty of space onsite thankfully. As you walk up to the visitor centre, you pass a bunch of flags as well as a Celtic Cross. You have to enter and exit via the visitor centre, which features a gift shop. Entry to Carew Castle is £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. The ticket also allows you entry to Tidal Mill.
Honestly, there’s not much to it
You’re given a map and you just explore the castle. I believe there are guided tours available but I enjoyed just roaming. It was kind of fun to just let my imagination run wild. You’re provided with a map that is full of information. Each room has a subheading and there are plaques about too.
There’s many different stairways and lots of little nooks to explore. We easily spent an hour there just exploring, luckily the weather was nice. The stairs are extremely narrow, I struggled to get up and down a few of them. I felt a bit wobbly coming down from the highest level, but I wanted to explore every inch.
Here are some snaps…
Some of the props are terrifying
What’s really cool about Carew Castle is how the props give it a bit more character. They help bring the history alive I think and definitely help you imagine scenarios. Obviously, I told Iain to get in the stocks immediately. In rooms like the kitchen and dining room, there were dated props that gave you an idea of how people lived. There was also this giant horse in one room and its eyes looked right into the windows of your soul. I was not a fan. Other than that, it was a pretty fun way to spend a morning!