Travel guide: Pembroke, the hidden gem film stars love as told by our columnist, Lara Lain

Lara Lain left her glitzy career in the media behind in January 2014 to go and work abroad. She bought a one way ticket to Thailand…and ended up going around the world twice, visiting over 10 countries, working in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and volunteering in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup during her travels. Pembroke

Lara had worked at LOOK magazine for four years and left a life she loved in London to pursue a world of the unknown. She wants to inspire others to follow their heart – if she can do it anyone can! Lara currently writes from her apartment overlooking Bondi Beach, her little haven which she considers her ‘ultimate dream’.

As part of our Travel Month, Lara has given us the low-down on visiting the beautiful landscapes of Pembroke.


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Pembroke, in beautiful West Wales, is having a moment! A BIG moment. Chances are you may not have heard of the picturesque town before now. Chances are you have heard of novel-come-blockbuster Me Before You.

Much of the heartwarming film was captured in Pembroke, with the opening of the trailer panning in over the historic Pembroke Castle itself. If it’s good enough for Hollywood, it’s good enough for your next getaway!

Getting there

Trains from London, Paddington take roughly 5 1/2 hours and cost from £82 via The TrainLine. Plenty of time to catch up on that missed sleep on route or dig deeper into your favourite book.

Travelling by car will give you more freedom on arrival – cross the border into Wales over The Severn Bridge and expect an easy couple of hours on the road from there.


Stay just two miles out of town in the sprawling grounds of 4* Georgian Mansion, The Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa. With Freshwater East beach and award winning Barafundle Bay just a few miles away, Lamphey Court is a perfect spot for winding down and getting back to nature. Treat yourself to a Deluxe Studio from £109 p/n.

Air B&B offers 2 Bedroom apartments in centre of the towns one-way-street town from just £70 p/n.

If you really want to leave your routine behind pitch your tent in West Angle Bay and wake up to breakfast by the seaside.


Image credit: Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

Things to do 

Ride: Book an afternoon with  Pembrokeshire Riding Centre and appreciate the stunning countryside with a four legged friend.

Explore: Enter the labyrinth of Henry VII’s birthplace. Built in 1093 and lovingly kept in pristine condition to this day, you can follow the footsteps of the Me Before You cast then head on into town for some homemade fish n’ chips.

Walk: Stroll the coast of Angle Bay and finish with dinner at locals favourite, The Point House.


Image credit: Visit Pembrokeshire