The Heritage Centre is housed in the former Royal Dockyard Chapel, in the heart of what was the only Royal Dockyard in Wales. The Heritage Centre offers modern, comfortable and fully accessible facilities – including free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout! The exhibits and displays are designed to cater for a wide audience, with a regular programme of activities for families in school holidays and a range of other events to suit local people and visitors, whether they are enthusiasts or new to the subject matter.
The Town has a rich history; the Royal Dockyard was established in 1814 after recommendations that a dockyard be built in the area by Nelson. The dockyard went on to build over 260 Royal Naval vessels and five Royal Yachts. Shortly after the closure of the Dockyard in the 1920s, the town went on to house the world’s largest Flying Boat Station. During World War Two the station played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic with the giant Sunderland Flying Boats from squadrons all over the world that were based here.
Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre celebrates all of this, with an array of fascinating personal stories, trails and activities for families, and original objects and artefacts. The Heritage Centre also now houses the world’s only Replica Mk I Sunderland cockpit, an interactive exhibit which gives a simulated flight over the Haven waterway.
All of this can be enjoyed with good coffee and delicious cake served by the Heritage Centre’s team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers – who are always happy to help answer questions about this remarkable town’s history.