"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Milford Haven

Milford Haven is a town and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is situated on the north side of the Milford Haven Waterway, an estuary forming a natural harbour that has been used as a port since the Middle Ages. The town was founded in 1790 on the north side of the Waterway, from which it takes its name. Designed to a grid pattern, it was originally intended by the founder, Sir William Hamilton, to be a whaling centre, though by 1800 it was developing as a Royal Navy dockyard which it remained until the dockyard was transferred to Pembroke in 1814. It then became a commercial dock, with the focus moving in the 1960s, after the construction of an oil refinery built by the Esso Company, to logistics for fuel oil and liquid gas. By 2010 the town's port has become the fourth largest in the United Kingdom in terms of tonnage, and plays an important rôle in the United Kingdom's energy sector with several oil refineries and one of the biggest LNG terminals in the world.

Milford is the second largest settlement in Pembrokeshire, with a population of 12,830; while the 13,086 people in its community boundaries make it the most populous in the county. As a Welsh local government community, Milford takes in the town of Milford itself and its suburbs, including Hakin, Hubberston, Liddeston, and Steynton.

The natural harbour of the Haven was known as a safe port and was exploited for several historical military operations throughout the second millennium. Campaigns conducted from the Haven included part of Henry II's Invasion of Ireland in 1171 and Cromwell's own attack on Ireland in 1649, while forces which have disembarked at the point include Jean II de Rieux's 1405 reinforcement of the Glyndwr Rising. In 1485, Henry VII landed at the Milford Haven Waterway before marching on to England.

Local authority: Pembrokeshire Council

OS Grid Reference: SM898061

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Things to see and do in and around Milford Haven

  • Photography workshops courses & photography walks
  • Museum Of The Home
  • Pembroke Castle
  • Lions Den
  • Upton Castle Gardens
  • Skomer Island Nature Reserve
  • West Wales Karting
  • Merlins Magic Childrens Play Centre
  • Picton Castle
  • Carew Castle & Tidal Mill

Tourist Information

Milford Haven
Tourist Information Centre
Suite 19, Cedar Court
Milford Haven Pembrokeshire
Wales
SA73 3LS

Phone 01437 771 818
Email milford.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Weather

Forecast for Friday 20 October

06:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 7°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 9mph.
WNW
Pressure 1004
Humidity 84%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
W
Pressure 1007
Humidity 66%
UV Index
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12:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SSW
Pressure 1006
Humidity 62%
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15:00


Chance of rain 19%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 9mph.
SSE
Pressure 1003
Humidity 78%
UV Index
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18:00


Chance of rain 98%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 8mph, gusting to 12mph.
SSE
Pressure 999
Humidity 92%
UV Index n/a
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21:00


Chance of rain 31%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
SSW
Pressure 998
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
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