The green green grass of home didn’t grow because of our especially sunny days; in fact, rain is what makes Wales such a lush, blooming country bursting with flora and fauna. So it’s best to be prepared for when Mother Nature decides to water her flowers. Don’t let a bit of rain put a dampener on your trip to Pembrokeshire – put your wellies in the car and read on for some perfect rainy day activities.
Step back in time
Undoubtedly the most prominent attraction in North Pembrokeshire, St Davids Cathedral is a must-see stop on your holiday. Walk around the lavish interior of this exquisite ancient century site, learning as you go around about the history of St Davids; from David’s life and monastery to Viking attacks and even earthquakes! The Cloisters Gallery houses local artwork and the Treasury hosts 1,500-year-old religious artefacts. Even the local Caerbwdi external stone used to repair the cathedral looks especially purple on a rainy day!
It’s not just the beauty of Pembrokeshire that draws visitors. In 1797, the French were drawn to its remoteness, succeeding in the final invasion of mainland Britain just off the south coast of Fishguard. The soldiers were famously frightened away by Welsh women, who looked intimidatingly like soldiers with their tall Welsh hats and carrying pitchforks. Fishguard and Goodwick town hall hosts an incredibly intricate tapestry to commemorate the event, rivalling Bayeux – go on a rainy day and see if you agree!
A little rain never hurt anyone, and it would be a waste of a day in Pembrokeshire without getting out into the vastly stunning outdoors. So don your wellies and your raincoat and get out there! The beaches are soggy anyway, right? Head down to Whitesands beach where you can blow away the cobwebs and splosh around the rock pools, stopping for a hot chocolate before you leave at Whitesands Beach House Cafe.
Alternatively, it would be rude not to venture out onto a patch of the 186-mile coastal path that runs the length of Pembrokeshire. The Irish sea carved its way into the rock to create the world-famous coastline at the most westerly point in Wales. Why not go and see the sea in its full stormy glory from one of the many beautiful viewpoints, such as Caerfai bay? Just be careful of slippery paths and cliff tops in the rain.
Escape it all
We encourage all our guests at St Davids Escapes to come and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with us on this peaceful peninsula. But with St Davids Escape Room, you’re literally tasked with escaping! You have an hour to solve fun clues and escape the room, and you’re likely to learn some fascinating facts about beautiful St Davids along the way. A very popular rainy day activity that’s worth booking in advance.
West Wales is home to all kinds of all-weather experiences, but none as unique as Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm. Yes, you can spend the day learning about creepy crawlies at the Bug Museum, getting up close and personal with stick insects or following the Bug Farm trail. You can even snack on cricket cookies, too – yum! This is a rainy day activity the whole family will never forget…
Another surprising sight in Pembrokeshire is a penguin. Folly Farm Zoo and Adventure Park have a range of animals, from lion to barn owls, black rhinos to giraffes, meerkats to storks. There’s so much to see – visit the zoo, explore the barn or take in some rides at the funfair. You’ll be praying for a rainy day just so that you can spend the whole day here!
Make a splash
Want the ultimate refreshing experience? Then get in the water while it’s raining. You’re only going to get wet anyway, and it’s not every day you get to be in one of the most beautiful coastal spots during a shower. You’ll thank us later! While you’re in your wetsuit, why not take up coasteering or go for a surf?
Your other option is just to cosy up with a good book, a roaring fire and a hot chocolate in your gorgeously comfortable St Davids Escapes cottage until the rain stops. It’s the perfect excuse to do nothing but relax for a day!