Picton Castle & Gardens
Set within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Picton Castle Gardens is a 13th century castle, surrounded by 60 acres of RHSpartner gardens. The castle itself is of unique design; with four symmetrically spaced half round towers and gatehouse entrance flanked bytwo narrower towers, it is based upon patterns of Irish castles of the period and is the only one of this type in the mainland UK. As soon as one enters inside it is revealed not to have an inner courtyard and keep but rather a series of finely planned rooms typical of the grand country house that it is. There is no other building quite like it in Britain.
A tour of the house begins at the grand entrance, and takes in the library, great hall, dining room and drawing rooms, before heading downstairsto the castle’s medieval undercroft. Picton’s friendly tour guides are on hand to answer any questions, and make theexperience memorable.
No visit to Picton is complete without a wander around the beautiful historic gardens, which includes a recently restored walled garden, fernery,jungle garden and maze.
Picton is also home to The Welsh Owl Garden and Zoo, which houses many species of birds of prey, and has recently expanded to include otheranimals such as its famous otters. During the summer months there are daily flying displays on the castle’s north lawn, definitely not to bemissed!