The largest town in Pembrokeshire, Milford Haven is situated at the extreme end of South Wales near the mouth of the River Cleddau. Initially a sheltered area frequented by Nordic seafarers in the 9th and 10th centuries it was not until the late 18th century that it became home to the great whaling fleets of the returning Nantucket Quakers. They famously brought with them new ideas on town development and built Milford Haven according to the New Country gridiron design pioneered by Charles Francis Greville. Indeed, legend has it, that on a visit to the town in 1802 by Admiral Lord Nelson he was so impressed by the groundbreaking feet of town planning and architecture that he declared Milford Haven one of the ‘great harbours of the world’.
To this very day the marina is renowned for it’s excellent situation, offering superb shelter and access, leading modern day leisure boaters to echo Nelson’s thoughts by referring to it as amongst the finest in the UK. With ongoing development the marine facilities are virtually second to none, with ample berths and numerous water-based and on-shore attractions to keep visiting yachtsmen more than happy for the duration of their stay. All this and a truly spectacular coastline with wide sandy beaches and several other excellent safe haven harbours close by.
The town of Milford Haven is bustling and friendly and combines traditional and modern hospitality to magnificent effect. You can stroll at your leisure around the picturesque streets, soak up the rich heritage, explore the incredible surrounding countryside, chill on the broad sands or sample the delights of the various restaurants, cafes and pubs offering fine food and your favourite tipple. At night you can enjoy a relaxing evening in a pub, listen to live music or dance yourself dizzy in a club.
A perfect family holiday destination and a pleasure boat enthusiasts dream come true, Milford Haven is really only one of the many jewels to be discovered on this most beautiful stretches of British coastline. But boy does that jewel glisten.