Pembrokeshire is home to the Tudor dynasty which shaped the history of Britain as we know it today. It was the birthplace of Henry VII and the Tudor Dynasty – and architectural gems from this pivotal age litter Pembrokeshire’s landscape today. With so much to offer already including world class beaches, fantastic walking, award winning visitor attractions, and a variety of unspoilt wildlife it is amazing that we also have this jewel of British History on our doorstep.
The Tudor links in Pembrokeshire span from Pembroke Castle where the future King was born to Dale, where Henry Tudor landed from his exile in Brittany to claim the throne of England, to Lamphey Bishop’s Palace, where Henry’s father – Edmund, Earl of Richmond – regularly stayed and St David’s Cathedral is where he lies in an impressive tomb.
In Tenby, the castle walls were built by Jasper Tudor, Henry’s uncle and Earl of Pembroke, and the Mayor’s House from where both boy and uncle escaped to Brittany.
Few towns have the distinction of being the birthplace of a king, let alone the birthplace of a dynasty and it has finally been possible to mark this with a stunning new bronze statue set at the foot of the castle in Pembroke. The Tudors were one of the most colourful and important royal dynasties to rule Britain and now by marking the beginning of the royal dynasty the county and town can capitalise on its Tudor connection.