Fishguard and Goodwick
The picturesque North Pembrokeshire twin towns of Fishguard and Goodwick sit comfortably at the mouth of the river Gwaun, the river which gives Fishguard its Welsh name of Abergwaun (the mouth of the Gwaun).
With a combined population of 5000, the towns retain a village feel with their many brightly painted cottages and buildings but have a multitude of facilities for residents and tourists alike.
There are shops, bars and eateries in both of the towns to suit all tastes. Two food markets are held each week and these are supplemented by a number of small supermarkets and a variety of independent stores.
Close by are the Preseli Hills which were deemed 'magical' by ancient peoples.
Bluestones from the hills were taken to Salisbury Plain and used in the construction of Stonehenge.
The Gwaun Valley is a stunningly beautiful place situated a few miles east of Fishguard. Both the valley and the hills provide excellent walking suitable for all. It even has its own brewery.
The towns are blessed with well performing modern schools, including a recently built primary school.
Fishguard Town Hall houses an information centre, some council services and also provides a gallery facility for the renowned 'Last Invasion Tapestry'...a local work of art made by local people to celebrate the bicentenary of the last time any invading force landed in Britain. An abortive effort by the French in 1799.
The surrender document was signed in a local hostelry, the Royal Oak in Fishguard square. You can still enjoy refreshment and entertainment at the Oak to this day.
Lower Town harbour retains its period charm and has been used as the setting for a number of films including Moby Dick and Undermilk Wood.
A new one way system is currently being built in Fishguard town centre which will also feature a 'bus station' area. At the same time the Abergwaun hotel is undergoing extensive renovation.
For the sports enthusiasts there are a number of clubs, including Goodwick United FC, Fishguard Sports AFC and Fishguard Rugby Club plus a thriving bowls club. No shortage of opportunities to take part in music events either with a local choir and a number of festivals including the Fishguard Folk Festival and Aberjazz, which is an annual celebration of Jazz and Blues music,
Stena Ferries sail daily from the harbour in Goodwick to Rosslare in Ireland.
Rail links to Swansea and Cardiff for onward travel.
Bus routes to Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest and St Davids also connect
surrounding local villages to the twin towns.