The little town of Narberth has grown over the last 10 years to become the arts and crafts capital of Pembrokeshire and a very ‘happening' place to be.
The shops are all very individual and sell some exquisite items ranging from fine art to fine food, with the world of fashion being supported by a number of shops and upmarket boutiques.
In the middle of the High Street in Narberth is the Old Town Hall, an imposing structure with a double stairway leading up to the entrance. Surrounding the Old Town Hall are some fine old buildings, many of which now house interesting and unusual shops - as does the Old Town Hall itself.
A small selection of Narberth's businesses include:
- The Creative Café Ceramics studio
- Narberth Pottery
- Golden Sheaf Gallery
- Oriel Q - Queens Hall Gallery
- Audrey Bull Jewellers
- The Best Shop in the World Antiques
- The Malthouse Antiques
- No 47
- Ultracomida Delicatessen and Restaurant
- Andrew Rees Butchers
- Jos Griffiths Butchers
- Wisebuys Delicatessen
- Jelly Egg Gallery and stockists of Crocs shoes
- Animal Kitchen Bookshop
- Celtic Vision
- The Welsh Farmhouse Company - Country living and clothing
- Next Door Florist
- Susie's Sheepskin Boots
- Jago Narberth
- Pili Pala
- Upsy Daizy - Children's clothes and party supplies
- Tom Hughes - Womenswear
- White Boutique - fashion
- White Bride - with British couture designers
- Really Lovely Lingerie
- Fredericks Chocolaterie
- Narberth Museum
For further information have a look at Narberth's web site.
The Queen's Hall on the High Street offers a wide range of events all year round - drama, classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock, folk, comedy and a film club. It is also home to Sospan Fach cafe and restaurant, which is based downstairs at The Queens Hall.
Three major events put Narberth on the map. Narberth's Big Plant Sale in the spring is a perfect place for stocking up on garden plants. There are both amateur and professional plantsmen & women exhibiting. Narberth Civic Week which culminates in the renowned Narberth Carnival, takes place in July and the Narberth Food Festival, at the end of September, brings thousands of food-lovers to the town for tasty treats, an impressive line-up of international culinary talent and over 50 specialist food stalls and a variety of street entertainment.
Narberth Food Festival web site: www.narberthfoodfestival.com
The Winter Carnival festivities completes the year.
Accommodation in Narberth is limited. There is the Plas Hyfryd Hotel actually in the town which has been awarded 3 Stars by Visit Wales and The Grove - a 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms - is just outside Narberth, 5 minutes off the main road heading towards Tenby. There are also one or two B&Bs and guesthouses in the vicinity such as at Robeston Wathen and Clunderwen. There are camping, camp sites and touring caravan sites in and around Narberth or in Clunderwen. There are also several holiday parks here where you can rent a self catering static caravan or chalet. There are occasional self catering cottages in the area and the 5 star Bluestone Holiday Village is three miles west of Narberth on the A4075. A long distance footpath called The Landsker Borderlands Trail circumnavigates Narberth.
Narberth Castle is a rectangular castle with towers on each corner but, unfortunately, not much remains today. The most fascinating thing about Narberth is the legends that are attached to it. The castle's exact origin lies back in the mists of time but it is believed the site may once have been occupied by a palace spoken of in the Mabinogion, a collection of ancient legends and myths. It was supposedly the home of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed.
ID: 2003 Revised: 15/8/2012