E10: Pembroke Dock
Grid Reference: SM967042
SatNav reference: N 51.69978°, W 04.94233°
Nearest postcode SA72 6TR
Pembroke Dock occupies a public space near Hobbs Point, which gives views across the river to the Cleddau toll bridge, Neyland, the ferry port, Carr Rocks and in the distance the jetties, refineries and wind turbines along the busy Milford Haven waterway.
The Dock itself dates back to the Norsemen – the name Carr Rocks originates from the old Norse word skare, meaning rock, and is recorded in the oldest known charts of Milford Haven. Norsemen seeking a safe berth for their longboats could have settled here. Henry II sailed in 1172 from Pembroke Dock to invade Ireland, as did Richard II in 1397. However, officially the Dockyard is recorded as having been established in 1758; it has connections with Lord Nelson and with the Napoleonic wars. The site is often berth to some interesting ships and other sea-going vessels, and it has played important roles during recent military history.
Hobbs Point is signposted from the roundabout which leads to the ferry port, near to Asda and Lidl supermarkets. The Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre is along the A4139 road towards the Irish Ferries port and is well-worth a visit to find out about the work of the Sunderland Flying Boat Trust.
Hobbs Point access is easily accessed from the main road.
This site is close to supermarkets and shops.
Activities and Features of Interest
Watch the coming and going of ships and ferries, racing yachts and motor boats in the Milford Haven. Find out about the secret link to the Millenium Falcon spaceship from the Star Wars films, which can be discovered at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.