Milford Haven only developed as a town in the 19th century and due to its poition on the shores of the largest estuary in Wales and one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, has a long history connected to the sea. Naval dockyards, passenger liners and a large fishing fleet, all pepper the town’s history.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs through the town as it skirts the edge of the Milford Haven Waterway. Lindsway Bay and Sandy Haven are highlights of the area.
The history of Milford Haven dates back to 854 when the Vikings wintered their fleet in the Haven. Richard II launched attacks on Ireland from here as did Cromwell. The town was conceived in the 1790’s when the docks, markets and avenues were constructed. Whalers made Milford Haven their base and in the early 20th century, it was home to a very large fishing industry. It is said that it was possible to walk across the entire dock on the decks of the trawlers. Today, Milford is better known for the oil and gas industries.
Although some fishing remains, the town’s dockside has recently been developed into a lively marina, with over 300 berths and a growing range of waterside shops, eating places and specialist marine facilities. The town’s fascinating museum tells the history of the town and is well worth a visit. The Torch Theatre – also a cinema – stages plays and performances all year round, together with a Christmas panto, while Phoenix Bowl and Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play are great indoor options for families.