Pembroke Castle: Birthplace of Henry VII

It was here within the strong walls of Pembroke Castle that the first of our Tudor monarchs, Henry VII, was born in 1457. We ventured up and down the narrow staircases, surveyed the surrounding lands from the top of the keep, and crept down into the neolithic Wogan Cavern where human habitation has been traced back up to 12,000 years!

Becky VonWahlde: “The drafty halls of Pembroke did not mask the beauty and ingenuity of the fortress! There were so many stairwells to explore as we saw the birthplace of Henry VII, the man who would one day end the War of the Roses by becoming king and marrying Elizabeth of York. The first king of the Tudor dynasty’s birthplace was complete with a cave that’s use dates back 12,000 years! The views from the top of the towers at Pembroke were also a sight to behold. I cannot believe we are getting to explore such beautiful sights while learning about the Tudor period!”

Meagan Mansfield: “Tudor Rose Sign: The Tudor Rose is used as a sign in the town of Pembroke. Representing Henry VII’s birth at Pembroke Castle and how when he married Elizabeth of York the two families joined together and the Tudor rose became a symbol of the joining families and the end of the War of the Roses.”

Back in Tenby, our guide Marion took us on a rare tour (unknown to most locals!) of the tunnels where Henry VII hid before fleeing to France aged 14. We found the entrance… at the back of the local Boots pharmacy!

Kody Munson: “This is a picture of the hallway we entered when we were leaving the area where Henry VII was being hidden. I thought it would be a fascinating area. I can’t imagine someone who would later go on to be King living and hiding in a place like this. It seems like it might be damp and completely unbearable. I’m sure the place was furnished at one point like the tour guide said. It still must have been terrifying.”

Kinani Halvorsen: “Picture from the tunnels beneath the streets of Tenby, crazy to think that this dark and musty tunnel used to be a functioning part of the city during the Tudor period… Owned by the White family back in the day. It was amazing to get a sense of where/how Henry VII was hidden when he was fleeing to France. It really helps to paint a picture for what was happening in this culture before life as we know it.”

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