Going Back to the Iron Age…in Pembrokeshire

Castell Henllys PembrokeshireMost people come to Pembrokeshire purely to experience the beautiful, untouched coastline. When they get here, many are surprised to discover the historical importance of the area.

Pembrokeshire is home to some of the most impressive medieval Castles in the whole of the UK. It also has some very interesting stories to tell about Britain’s Celtic heritage.

Castell Henllys

Pembrokeshire is dotted with some very important archaeological sites. 2,300 years ago, this part of the world was home to many of our prehistoric ancestors.

Luckily for us, they left behind plenty of evidence.

Castell Henllys (an exercise in Welsh pronunciation) is one of the most accessible examples of this area’s interesting past. It’s an Iron Age fort which has been meticulously restored and replicated by archaeologists from York University. Each summer they return to continue their research and excavations.

During their excavations they’ve discovered evidence of roundhouses, granaries, iron working and agriculture. It’s thought that over two thousand years ago this was home to approximately 100 people.

For families visiting Pembrokeshire this is a great way to spend an afternoon. With its realistic architectural reconstructions, Castell Henllys lets you step back in time. It’s a great way to learn more about this often forgotten part of British history.

Carn Ingli

Just a few miles from Castell Henllys you will find the Iron Age hill fort at Carn Ingli. Carn Ingli is the jewel of the Preseli Mountains and is a walk we recommend to all our guests. As well as seeing the ruins of this ancient Celtic monument, a walk up Carn Ingli will also reward you with beautiful views of the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Whilst you are walking, keep your eyes peeled for cairns and the ruins of old stone shelters that would have been used by our prehistoric ancestors.


Our self catering cottages give you the perfect base for visiting some of Pembrokeshire’s most interesting historical sites. If you’d like any more information about our cottages or about the local sights and attractions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.