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Join our team of experts to discover the fantastic archaeological heritage of Pembrokeshire in September.

13–15 September 2013

A few places left!

From our base in St Davids,  we will tour the Cathedral, explore Nevern Church and one of the oldest Norman stone castles in Wales. We will step back in time at Castell Henllys, a unique Iron Age hill fort with reconstructed roundhouses, granary and a forge. A highlight will be a trip to Pentre Ifan, the largest and best preserved Neolithic dolmen in Wales, with a guided walk along the dramatic headland of St Davids to see its industrial remains.

Leading archaeologist Professor Mike Parker Pearson will introduce the Presili's where the remarkable story of the Stonehenge blue stones are thought to start.

Places are limited, so book early online at or download the form below.

Image: Pentre Ifan - Photo courtesy of PCNPA (Sixty images for Sixty years collection)

Pembrokeshire leaflet with booking form (163.2K, .PDF)
Pembrokeshire leaflet


Image: Porthgain


Provisional programme

Friday 13 September 2013

14.0015.00 Registration, Oriel y Parc, St Davids

15.3016.30 Guided tour of St Davids Cathedral

18.3019.30 Drinks reception at St Davids Refectory

19.3020.30 Lecture by Dr Toby Driver FSA, Aerial Investigator, 'Wonders in the west: The archaeology and history of Pembrokeshire from the air'

Saturday 14 September

09.3010.30 Introductory talk with archaeologists from Pembrokeshire National Park

11.0012.30 Visit to Castell Henllys with Professor Harold Mytum

13.0014.30 Lunch (included)

14.3017.00 Visit to Nevern Church, Castle and Pentre Ifan. A tour of the site of the Preseli's in the company of Professor Mike Parker Pearson

19.3021.00 Informal talk at Oriel Y Parc, St Davids and evening buffet

Sunday 15 September

9.0015.30 Guided walk of St Davids Headland including part of the coastal path, featuring an introduction to sites of all periods. Includes packed lunch.The walk will involve some rugged terrain.

Castell Henllys

Image: Castell Henllys


Food, drink and accommodation

The weekend event includes a drink reception on Friday evening, with lunches provided on Saturday and Sunday, and a hot buffet on Saturday evening.

Accommodation is not included, so you are free to make your own arrangements.

St. Davids is quite small, so if you find it hard to find accommodation there, we recommend that you stay in Haverfordwest and we will arrange transport to and from St. Davids on the Saturday and Sunday. At the moment, this hotel has vacancies

The Tourist Information Centres also have a bed booking service, and further contact details for them can be found here

Accommodation list for St David's area (325.8K, .PDF)
Accommodation list for St David's area

Haverfordwest accommodation list (60.5K, .DOC)
Haverfordwest accommodation list

Accommodation list near Haverfordwest (77.0K, .DOC)
Accommodation list near Haverfordwest

St Davids Peninsula list (2.0M, .PDF)
St Davids Peninsula list


Early Bird booking before 10 June 2013 £200. Full price £235.

To book your place on the CBA Weekend Event, please download the weekend event and booking form from this page and return it to the Council for British Archaeology, St Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ. We will acknowledge your application on receipt. You can use the CBA's secure online shop here.

Please note that the weekend will include walking over rough and uneven terrain, and will be open to the elements. Please bring clothing appropriate for the weather with suitable footwear.


The weekend event is organised by the Council for British Archaeology, in association with CBA Wales/Cymru, with support from Pembrokeshire National Park.

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