Lower Town Fishguard is a fantastic place to visit.
The views of the area and the coast.
The old harbour of Lower Town, set below the main town of Fishguard. Lower Town Fishguard is a particularly picturesque village with its cluster of quayside cottages and tidal inner harbour. This is where The River Gwaun meets the sea. It is also where Dylan Thomas’s most famous play, Under Milk Wood, was filmed starring Richard Burton. Above Lower Town Fishguard is Fishguard Fort, a superb viewpoint, complete with cannons. Fishguard has many hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Holiday rental homes, restaurants and is the main shopping town of North Pembrokeshire with a busy Thursday market in the Town Hall.
The town is situated at the back of a north facing bay known as Fishguard Bay (Welsh: Bae Abergwaun) which offers protection from waves generated by prevailing westerly winds. It has a relatively mild climate due to its coastal position. The winds coming from the west or south-west have a determining influence on temperature and precipitation. Wildlife around Lower Town Fishguard is rich in flora and fauna: it shows a wide variety of colourful wild flowers and sea mammals including the grey seal, and even porpoises and dolphins. The local birdlife include Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank and Sanderling regularly foraging in Lower town Fishguard harbour and European Stonechat, Great Cormorant and Northern Fulmar can be seen from the coastal path.
Outside Fishguard there is a stone monument commemorating the signing of the Peace Treaty after the last invasion of Britain in 1797. Women dressed in Welsh costume are said to have startled the invaders. Also there is the 19th-century parish church of St Mary’s containing the grave of the heroine Jemima Nicholas. There is also a Bi-Centenary memorial stone monument in West Street, Fishguard to commemorate the Invasion. A tapestry was created in 1997 to commemorate the invasion and can be viewed free of charge in Fishguard’s Town Hall. Fishguard has many hotels and is the main shopping town of North Pembrokeshire with a busy Thursday market in the Town Hall. Fishguard hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1936 and 1986. Fishguard has a thriving Round Table with 20 members doing all sorts of good work including running the Fishguard & Goodwick Carnival which has been voted the most popular community event. The Gwaun Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, is also a thriving charitable organisation within the community who host a number of sponsored events and other community works throughout the year thanks to the influx of younger brethren to the Order.
Fishguard’s TV and Film career
Fishguard has acquired a reputation, especially within Wales,
“Hugh Pugh”, a comic character in the Welsh TV series Barry Welsh is Coming, who reports from Fishguard and constantly points out the rivalry between Fishguard and Haverfordwest. Fishguard’s Royal Oak pub appeared in the film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead starring Clive Owen. Lower town Fishguard was used as “Llareggub” in the film of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O’Toole. Many local people were involved in the production of this film as background characters. The film Moby Dick (starring Gregory Peck) was filmed there in 1955. Fishguard has a 180-seat cinema/theatre called Theatre Gwaun which provides a venue for film, music and live theatre.
The last invasion Tapestry
Fishguard is also home to the hundred foot long Last Invasion tapestry, telling a humorous and entertaining story in a Bayeux tapestry style detailing the last invasion of mainland Britain. The Bayeux Tapestry and Fishguards Last Invasion Tapestry is an embroidered cloth, not an actual tapestry. Tapestry’s are a heavy fabric with a design woven into it on a loom. While embroidery’s involving working designs on cloth with laid or stitched threads by hand. “There’s a strange and possibly useless fact for you” 🙂
“Did you know the Last invasion tapestry and the Bayeux tapestry are actually embroideries??”
“Viewing the Last invasion tapestry is free of charge in Fishguard’s town hall”
The story of the last invasion….
In 1797, a force of French troops landed on the 22nd of February at Carreg Wastad point just west of Lower town Fishguard but thanks to the heroic actions of people like Jemima Nicholas, a local cobbler, who single handedly captured 12 French soldiers, the invasion failed two days later.
General Lazare Hoche lead a three pronged invasion on Britain in support of Irish Republicans. The Invasion troops numbered 1,400 from the “Black Legion” and were commanded by the Irish American William Tate. Upon Landing troop discipline broke down with the recruits (recently enlisted from prisons) absconding to loot nearby settlements, this enraged the local population which lead to a brief fight and the unconditional surrender of William Tate.
Marine life / Wildlife around Lower town Fishguard.
Wildlife around Fishguard is rich in flora and fauna.
Lower town is home to a wide variety of colourful wild flowers and sea mammals including the grey seal, and even porpoises and dolphins. The local bird life include Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank and Sanderling regularly foraging in the Lower town Fishguard harbour and European Stonechat, Great Cormorant and Northern Fulmar, Razorbills and Guillemots can be seen on our kayak tours.
Lower town Fishguards towering coastline and caves.
Are part of the Pembrokeshire national park and has views that simply can’t be missed…
Here is a small taster of the marine life that can be seen from our kayak tours. Caves, arches and marine life awaits on this fantastic and remote coastline.
Lower town Fishguard is a great holiday destination for the whole family join us to see what makes it beautiful….