Haverfordwest Priory.

trainline near the priory

In the care of CADW.

Have you ever taken some time to stop and explore the ruins of the priory on the banks of the Western Cleddau in our county town of Haverfordwest? This is well worth a visit and there are lovely riverside walks if you have time to explore further along the banks. Accessed from Quay Street, the site is fully accessible, provided you are wary of the slight slope if using a wheelchair, and free to enter. Open all year round from 10am until 4pm daily (apart from Christmas) the priory remains have been uncovered and cared for by Cadw since 1983.

Founded in 1200 by Robert fitz Richard, the priory was a wealthy one and the remains of the 13th century cloister garden and later formal garden are unique in Britain. Dedicated to St Mary and St Thomas the Martyr, this priory was run as an Augustinian order and thrived until the dissolution of the monasteries imposed by Henry VIII in 1537.

Cadw have completed extensive excavations and uncovered the ruins and there are plans to further develop the site to link through to the wetland saltings nearby. Earlier this year, South Hook LNG funded the construction of a boardwalk by Pembrokeshire College students to begin this process and improve access to areas that are now greening over and can provide a walkway through to the college. The site is non-smoking and drones are not permitted to fly overhead.

road bridge

Priordy Hwllffordd (Haverfordwest Priory)  can be found at Union Hill, SA61 1UL. This much-ignored treasure is a good place to relax and gain a new perspective of the town and its river.

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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

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