Fishguard stands on an imposing headland, commanding superb views of the bay. Its harbour, originally built by the Great Western Railway over 100 years ago as the first Welsh transatlantic port, is now the departure point for a thriving sea crossing to Ireland.
Fishguard was the scene of the last invasion of Britain; in 1797 over 1,400 French soldiers were thwarted by a small army of Welsh women standing on a headland in national costume. There are monuments dedicated to this momentous day around town, including a tapestry which is on display in the Town Hall.
Its setting, on the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, provides access to Pembrkeshire National Park and some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Wales, where visitors may be rewarded with sightings of stonechats, cormorants and fulmars whilst out at sea, dolphins and porpoises have been spotted.
We use the Fishguard Bay Hotel, which is set in its own grounds with stunning views of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Fishguard is the main shopping centre in north Pembrokeshire which boasts traditional family-run shops and a smattering of friendly local pubs and inns. The Royal Oak public house in town is where the surrender of the French army was signed in 1797.
Goodwick Parrog is a sand and shingle beach overlooking Fishguard Harbour, sheltered by the breakwater and backed by a grassy bank. It offers safe bathing and is popular with families. Other beaches in the vicinity include a sand and shingle beach at Aberreidi Bay just to the west and Newgale Sands, which offers two miles of sand and is popular with surfers.