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Living in Fishguard: The Local Area Guide

If you’re thinking of moving to Pembrokeshire, but you don’t want to find yourself feeling too remote, Fishguard may just be the location for you. The small market town, located in North Pembrokeshire, boasts some of the best amenities in the region. There is a selection of shops along with all the usual offerings – like hairdressers, supermarkets, and cafes. The quaint town even boasts three fantastic music festivals: Aberjazz, The International Music Festival, and The Fishguard Folk Festival.

Fishguard is actually divided into two parts - the main town of Fishguard and Lower Fishguard, often referred to as ‘Lower Town.’ The former area is home to most of the amenities and new residential developments, while Lower Fishguard, the older part, is home to more of the original features of the town. Although well known as a holiday destination, many still call Fishguard home. The area is popular among retirees but still caters for families and youths – boasting a number of good schools.


While there is no demographic data available for Fishguard itself, there is data available for the community of Fishguard and Goodwick. The data was last collected in the 2011 census. At this time, the population was 5,407. This is an increase of nearly 400 on the number recorded in the 2011 census. Of the community, 69% were born in Wales and 23% born in UK. A minority number of residents came from EU countries, Ireland, Scotland, and further afield.

The employment rate recorded at the time of the census was 56.9%. Fishguard and Goodwick tends to have a slightly older population, hence this number. In fact, 20% of the population were retired – compared to an average of 16.1% in Wales. Of those in employment, there were a few leading industries. Top industries worked in included Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles (15.8%), Human Health and Social Work Activities (14.4%), and Construction (12%).


When it comes to primary schools, there’s certainly a lot of choice in the Fishguard area. Secondary schools, however, are limited, with just the one situated in the town. The primary schools include Ysgol Bro Ingli, Ysgol Glannau Gwaun, Goodwick Community School, Ysgol Llanychllwydog, Puncheston Community Primary School and Wolfscastle Community Primary School. There’s also one voluntary controlled primary school, Ysgol Ger y Llan, and a voluntary aided primary school, Holy Name Catholic Primary School.

Pupils aged 11 plus attend the local secondary school, Ysgol Bro Gwaun. The school offers education right through to A-Level and is a mixed comprehensive school. Located between Fishguard and Goodwick, it’s ideally situated for all pupils living in the town.


Despite feeling a million miles from anywhere, the peaceful town of Fishguard is better connected than you might think. It’s just a few hours away from major towns like Bristol and London and well connected to the rest of Pembrokeshire. There’s also quick and easy transportation to and from Ireland here too. The Stena ferry service runs right into Fishguard Bay and departs from Rosslare in Ireland.

If you’re looking for public transportation options, you’ll find a selection of offerings here. As well as taxi services, the town also offers a number of rail services and bus services. The local train station, Fishguard Train Station, runs from Fishguard to Cardiff and Swansea to Fishguard. Bus services operate across the town and into the rest of Wales.

Amenities and Shopping

While you won’t find your big brand supermarkets here in Fishguard, there are plenty of grocery stores to choose from, including a Co-operative Food. There’s also a Tesco Express nearby in Goodwick. Despite being small, you will find all the usual amenities here, including pharmacies, a cinema, post office, takeaways and restaurants. The tri-weekly market here is also popular and is held in Fishguard’s town hall.

Fishguard boasts a delightful range of independent shops – which have just as much to offer as all your high street brands. There are homeware stores, gift stores, clothes shops and much more – all with one-of-a-kind items. The streets are lined with cafes and pubs too – ideal for lunch or simply relaxing in with friends and family.

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