A Norman castle located in the village of Manorbier, five miles south-west of Tenby, West Wales.
Manorbier Castle is in a unique position and stunning location. With such a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach, families love to explore Manorbier Castle and bring a little bit of history to life. The impressive Great Hall, Chapel and Turrets are dotted with life-size figures and some prisoners in the dungeon!
Enjoy delicious light bites and refreshments in our cosy cafe. Locally made cakes and freshly made sandwiches and paninis along with freshly ground coffee. Relax in the fairytale surrounds and take a moment to sit in the walled gardens designed by Daphne Shackleton one of Ireland’s foremost plantswomen, and just soak up the wonderful atmosphere that time has passed by. The Norman knight Odo de Barri was granted the lands of Manorbier, Penally and Begelly in gratitude for his military help in conquering Pembrokeshire after 1003.
Manorbier Castle, the pleasantest place in Wales
Two of his sons acquired larger estates in Ireland, which became the main power base of the de Barris, known as the Barris of Olethan. His fourth son was Gerald de Barri. Known commonly as Gerald of Wales (the great twelfth-century scholar) who was born at the castle. Renowned today for his chronicles and descriptions of life in his time.
As you wander around the castle, atmospheric music helps transport your imagination back in time….
In the 21st Century, the castle has been used as a film location for “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” (1989) and “I Capture the Castle” (2001) when the moat was refilled with spring water…