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Fishguard town guide

Fishguard, on the north Pembrokeshire coast, is an ideal base for touring Pembrokeshire in a rental car. Passenger ferries travel from here over to Rosslare in Ireland .The town itself slopes steeply down to a tiny old harbour, with narrow winding streets.

Fishguard and neighbouring Goodwick are said to have derived their names from the Vikings, who were frequent visitors to this part of the coast. The sheltered harbour at Lower Town was a bustling little cargo port with a fishing industry which made it famous from Elizabethan times for its herrings. The local people were widely known as Sgadan Abergwaun (Fishguard herrings) and the local comprehensive school still features the herring in its badge.

In 1797 came the famous French invasion of Fishguard. According to tradition the invasion was repelled, by the Amazonian, Jemima Nicholas and other red flannel-clad local ladies. Viewed at a distance, they were mistaken by the French for reinforcing troops. A spectacular local tapestry now commemorates the event.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, that surrounds Fishguard, offers magnificent seascapes backed by beautiful hills.

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