Fishing For The Fun and Funky in Fishguard
Posted on December 13, 2012 by sguese
Despite being a major port for ferry crossings to Ireland, Fishguard manages to keep the charm of an old village.
Situated at the top of a cliff, the town is largely known for the famous French invasion in 1797, when women dressed up like troops and spooked the French from invading. Some of the scenes from Moby Dick were also filmed in Fishguard, making it a star even without acclaim. And as the women did in 1797, Fishguard fools the unknowing visitor who thinks she’s merely a port town.
Penlan Uchaf Gardens
One of the many ways Fishguard charms is through its Penlan Uchaf Gardens. Comprised of three beautifully landscaped areas, many know of the gardens for the raised herb and wildflower garden. In the spring, over 30,000 bulbs take residence here. The Penlan Uchaf Gardens also offers impressive views of the Preseli Hills.
Fishguard Old Fort
Fishguard’s Napoleonic old fort was built between 1779 and 1781. Privateer Black Prince bombed it out. What makes the fort an appealing attraction in Fishguard besides its history is its outlook. The fort overlooks Goodwick Harbor and lends an area for prime coastal walking.
The Strumblehead Lighthouse was constructed in 1908 to help make the sea traffic between Ireland and the new Fishguard Harbor safer. The lighthouse sets up on St. Michael’s Island, an islet to the west of Fishguard. It remains separated from the mainland by a very narrow gap.
The Fishguard Galleries
Fishguard boasts several fine galleries for perusing. The Oriel Glan y Mor Galley shows original paintings of the Pembrokeshire Coast. The area has quickly become a magnet for some of the best artists in the country. You can also pick up prints and reproductions at the gallery.
Fishguard is also proud of its Worship Wales Gallery. The gallery displays artwork from Welsh and international artists, making for an eclectic mix of work. In the summer, you can see a sculpture show held in the gallery.
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