The Great Map

Explore the Great Map of Wales at Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle is full to the brim of exciting things for visitors to during school holidays. In addition to its regular family fun activities such as Knight School, Dragon Days, Falconry Displays, Circus Workshops and Living History Days, there are also a lot of new attractions to feed inquisitive minds and tickle the senses.

The centrepiece of the new attractions is the Great Map of Wales (pictured). This is the largest painting in the UK and the largest map of Wales in the world. It demonstrates the location of every important castle and religious landmark in Wales and you can walk or run around the map discovering the location of all of these wonderful places.

There are also five new “Earl” rooms in which you can learn about the lives of the Earls of Pembroke and how they influenced the castle and the history of Britain from their powerbase in Pembroke. The rooms include a larger than life Earl figure that will tell you their story, and then you can step into the room to discover more of the story and watch the animated film about each Earl.

You can also meet the Castle Staff and characters who would have lived and worked in the castle walls in hundreds of years ago. These colourful figures are hidden in tricky to find areas of the castle, but once you discover them you will be able to use your smartphone or tablet to access their story and learn about their lives.

Castle Manager Jon Williams explained “the Great Map has been a huge hit with our visitors since it went in at the end of last year. All ages seem to have lots of fun exploring Wales and running from castle to castle with the giant chess pieces, and we think it will be a really popular addition to the rest of our activities this year”.

The new interpretation is part of CADW’s Heritage Tourism Project and has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund in collaboration with Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Great Map