Neyland is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, standing on the upper reaches of the Milford Haven close to the estuary of the River Cleddau.
With a wonderful marina and a tranquil green, this pretty little town offers a wide choice of pubs as well as a handful of shops. There is a yacht club and excellent walks and cycle trails making this a great spot for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Historically Neyland was a small fishing village, but in 1856 it became the site for the western terminus of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway with a transatlantic terminal for the largest ships of the time. The town then grew rapidly to serve the port, and although much of the traffic was eventually diverted to Goodwick and Fishguard the port of Neyland was a busy rail and sea port for a little over one hundred years, until in 1964 the terminal ceased operation.
The demise of the port however gave way to the creation of a new marina with the rehabilitation of the old railway yard. Today Neyland Marina offers bar, restaurant and chandlery facilities, and several tourism related businesses operate out of the Marina.
Dale Sailing – who run the Skomer Island boats; Dale Sea Safari Wildlife Adventures; Pembrokeshire Dive Charters - who run Shearwater Safaris; Pembrokeshire Boat Charters; and Pembrokeshire Cruising.
As with several Welsh towns the demise of the railways has opened up the countryside to walkers and cyclists with the conversion of many disused rail tracks to long distance trails. In Neyland the railway line closed in 1964 and has since become the Brunel Cycleway, which follows the route to Johnston and continues on a more winding but still off-road route all the way to Haverfordwest.
Neyland is also fortunate to be on the route of the wonderful All Wales Path (Wales Coastal Path) which offers great coastal walking trails both to the east and south west of Neyland.
There is a large range of attractions in the wider area around Neyland. The historic town of Pembroke with its imposing 13th century castle - renowned as the birthplace of Henry Tudor - is within easy driving distance. Haverfordwest is close by, and the unique city of St Davids - the smallest city in the British Isles – is a 40-minute (25 mile) drive away, not to mention the numerous Pembrokeshire beaches and coastline of world renown.