Pembroke Dock is a town in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. It’s located three miles away from Pembroke itself, and overlooks the River Cleddau. It has a population of more than 9,000, and consists of the following electoral wards: Pembroke Dock Central, Pembroke Dock Llanion, Pembroke Dock Market and Pembroke Dock Pennar.
Originally Paterchurch, Pembroke began life as a small fishing village. It was occupied by the Vikings, and later received a visit from King Henry II, who sailed there from the haven. Many of its important landmarks date back hundreds of years. A famous medieval tower was built during the 19th century, and served as key lookout post, alongside various other fortifications.
In 1814, Pembroke Dockyard was built, and, in the years that followed became a site royal yachts and vessels. As the dockyard grew, so too did Pembroke’s military reputation. Various barracks were built, and the town came to hold a number of troops.
Today, Pembroke Dock retains much of its heritage. However, plans have been put in place to rename it. Possible names include Pembroke Haven and Pembroke Harbour. It has a wonderful landscape and offers lots of great places to explore on foot. Its attractions include Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre and Pembroke Castle. Other sites worth visiting are Lamphey Bishop’s Palace, Stackpole Walled Garden and Torch Theatre.
Pembroke Dock is covered by the A477 trunk road, which runs from St. Clears to the A40. The town has a ferry terminal, with ferries running twice a day to Rosslare in Ireland. Pembroke Dock Railway station is the main terminus and offers services to Swansea via Whitland and Carmarthen. The closest airport to Pembroke Dock is Cardiff Airport, at 92 miles away.
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