Broad Haven is the perfect place for a family holiday. Located just 7 miles from Haverfordwest, it is a traditional seaside village on the edge of the glorious St Bride's Bay in Pembrokeshire South West Wales. With plenty of activities both within the village and in the nearby tourist areas of St David's and Milford Haven, Broad Haven is just waiting to be discovered.
There are several local shops and a convenient village shop and Post Office located just along the sea front. Surprisingly for a small village you will find a number of bars and pubs, as well as a bistro serving delicious, fresh foods. The Galleon Inn sits on the promenade facing the beach, and the Royal pub can also be found in the older part of the village away from the sea front and serves real ale, as well as having its own beer garden. It welcomes coach parties but booking is essential.
Broad Haven is an ideal place to visit for those keen on water sports. Activities include surfing, canoeing, sea kayaking, fishing, swimming, and safe bathing. No equipment.. No problem! There is the Haven Sports shop close to the sea front where surf boards and kayaks are available for hire.
For those who enjoy walking there are plenty of walks up amongst the cliffs on both sides of the beach. Towards the headland to the north of the beach you will find interesting geological features including several stacks, such as the Sleek Stone, a huge whale-like projection which is in fact part of an up-fold in the Coal Measures. There is also Den's Door, which, interestingly, has two arches through its base.
Broad Haven beach is a must see for visitors to Pembrokeshire. Flanked by cliffs on both sides and with wide, glorious, golden sands, the beach is a 'haven' for all the family. There are majestic views both from the beach over St Bride's Bay and also from the top of the cliffs. As well as safe bathing and swimming, Broad Haven beach also offers opportunities to windsurf and sail on its calm waters when conditions are right. The beach offers something for everyone, whether that being water sports, playing games on the beach with all the family, rock-pooling for the children and adults or peaceful walks taking in the magnificent and incredible views of the bay.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
There are many walks criss-crossing the landscape in this beautiful area of Pembrokeshire, the most notable walk is the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. And if the entire coastline of Pembrokeshire is not enough walking for you then there is the all new “Wales Coastal Path”, that also cuts through Broad Haven and is soon (2012) to be inaugurated.
From the beach, if you head south on the Pembroke Coastal Path you will come to Little Haven and onwards round the bay to the village of St Brides. Heading north in the opposite direction you will presently come to Druidston Haven, passing Nolton Haven and eventually Newgale. There are bus services running from Newgale to Broad Haven so that you won't have to walk the journey back!
Little is known of the history of Broad Haven before the 1800's and there are no indications towards settlements in ancient times. Yet by 1800, it had become a popular coastal village and by 1937 it was thriving as a seaside resort. In 1882 the first shop opened, soon to be followed by several others as Broad Haven became more popular.
However, surprisingly, its prime industry was coal, which was extracted from the pits on the cliffs and transported to North Wales. The coal industry thus remained Broad Haven's main source of income for many years.
Interestingly, during the 1970s Broad Haven made its name known by becoming a prime spot for UFO sightings. It earned the name 'Broad Haven Triangle' after the Bermuda Triangle, following an article written in 'The Sun' titled 'Spaceman Mystery of the Terror Triangle.' In February 1977 it is reported that 14 schoolchildren saw a UFO craft in the field beside their school and when asked by the headmaster to draw the craft, the pictures all looked strikingly similar. The oddest of all would have to be the apparent sighting of a 7ft creature in a silver suit late one night in April 1977. Whether these sightings are true or not, they provide an interesting atmosphere to Broad Haven!
Accommodation and Services
Self catering in holiday cottages is available in the surrounding countryside. There are guesthouses and bed & breakfasts dotted about the village, many with spectacular views across the beach. Pembrokeshire has a good selection of quality hotels. (Tip: Always look for accommodation with Wales Tourist Board or AA / RAC gradings) There are also plenty in nearby Little Haven. Campsites and caravan sites can be found just outside Broad Haven, along the coast on St Bride's Road, near to Little Haven. For passing tourists, there is also a Youth Hostel located in Broad Haven, offering a comfortable night's sleep.
For parking facilities there is a car park at the north end of the village and a smaller one at the south end, both operating Pay & Display facilities.
There is easy access to the beach via three slipways.