Fishguard, Wales Cruise Port
In southwest Wales in the United Kingdom lies the cruise port of Fishguard (or Abergwaun in Welsh, which means "Mouth of the River Gwaun"), a town of about 5,400 residents established somewhere between 950 and 1000 A.D. Because of its position, it has a relatively mild climate and a wide variety of sea animals. Colorful flowers and a variety of birds also abound, such as the Eurasian curlew and great cormorant. Despite its small size, Fishguard has a history of producing some fascinating residents, such as, Jemima Nicholas, one of the first women in the town's history to make a name for herself. Armed with only a pitchfork, she captured twelve French soldiers in 1797 during the Battle of Fishguard, and there's a plaque here to commemorate her bravery. For a whole range of adventures, listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Fishguard, Wales:
- The Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery is a fascinating look at history through an unusual art form. Featuring an award-winning tapestry created to mark the bicentenary of the last invasion by the French of the British mainland in February 1797, the display also includes a video that explains just how the piece was made.
- Dyffryn Fernant Gardens are for gardeners and plant enthusiasts who like it a little bit wild. Less manicured than some British gardens, it's enjoyable to wander the sculpture-decorated paths and sit by the pond for a quiet one-on-one with nature.
- Beer lovers will enjoy the Gwaun Valley Brewery, a family-run business where you can watch the brewers at work and taste the finished microbrews. Set up in a former granary, it overlooks the Preseli Hills for a lovely setting; the natural spring used by the brewery gives the beer its unique flavor.
- When it's time to do some shopping, visit the Fishguard Artisan Market, small in size but offering everything from handcrafted items to local meats. There are also pastries and scones to be had when a sugar rush is just what you need.