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Historic Site:Haverfordwest Priory (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

Haverfordwest Priory

Haverfordwest Priory


Excavations begun in the 1980s revealed many long-hidden secrets of this ruined priory on the banks of the River Cleddau just outside Haverfordwest’s town walls. It was probably founded for Augustinian canons in the late 12th or early 13th centuries, and parts of the church (including the site of the high altar), chapter house and cloister can be seen.

But the priory’s star feature is its restored garden, the only surviving ecclesiastical medieval garden in Britain, replanted to resemble its look and fragrance in medieval times. This prized ‘pleasure garden’, a place of enjoyment as well as contemplation, was a rarity in monastic circles, a reflection of the priory’s notable wealth. Artefacts from the excavations are on display at the Haverfordwest Town Museum.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Free entry




Quay Street,
SA61 1BE


Plan route to Haverfordwest Priory (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SM 955153  Lat: 51.79928 Long: -4.96625

From High Street, follow Quay Street to bottom of Union Hill.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.6 miles from Haverfordwest station


  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed