It is named after William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (1580 – 1630).
City of Hamilton
The City of Hamilton lies within Pembroke. Most of the restaurants and attractions in Pembroke lie within the borders of the city and are covered in more detail in our guide to Hamilton.
All hotels (including the Fairmont Hamilton Princess) lie within Pembroke but outside the borders of Hamilton. All can be reached on foot from the capital in just a few minutes.
Pembroke Parish offers a good selection of hotels and places to stay. All are located just west of the City of Hamilton.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is the largest hotel in the area and caters mainly to business travellers. It’s situated on Pitts Bay Road, close to the offices of many of Bermuda’s international businesses. In September 2012 the waterfront property was purchased by the Green family. Work on a $70 million redevelopment project is due to commence at the end of 2013. It will include a new marina, a larger pool area, a new restaurant, and room renovations.
Oxford House is the closest hotel to the city centre. The two-storey guesthouse is run by Welsh-born Ann Smith and offers 12 rooms.
Most of the other places to stay in Pembroke are situated on or around Rosemont Avenue, a leafy street running north from Pitts Bay Road. The options are:
- Rosedon Hotel – small hotel opposite the Fairmont Hamilton Princess)
- Rosemont Guest Suites – family-run hilltop apartments
- Sunflower – Two studio apartments in the home of Tricia Thompson-Browne
- Edgehill Manor – Small guesthouse
- Royal Palms Hotel – family-run hotel with an excellent restaurant
Hamilton can be reached on foot from any of these properties in about 10 minutes.
Attractions and Activities
Fort Hamilton lies just east of the capital and is well worth exploring. It was built by British in the late 19th century at a time of rising tensions with the United States. The fort is well preserved and features well-kept gardens, a moat, and ramparts with excellent views of the capital and Hamilton Harbour.
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is also on this side of Pembroke. This modern facility houses a variety of exhibits exploring the underwater world including treasure recovered from shipwrecks, a collection of beautiful shells, and a replica of Charles Beebe’s Bathysphere.
Pembroke Parish isn’t home to any popular beaches. Clarence Cove is here but it’s small and rarely visited by tourists. It lies within Admiralty Park, around two miles west of Hamilton.
Spanish Point Park lies at the western tip of Pembroke Parish. In 1603 a Spanish galleon commanded by Diego Ramirez ran aground on the reefs nearby. The crew stayed in the area for several weeks to carry out repairs and then continued on their voyage. A few years later the island was colonised by the British. The first settlers found remnants of the Spanish camp and named the area Spanish Point. The park is a pleasant spot for a picnic or walk. Just off the shore you’ll notice what looks like a shipwreck. It’s actually the remains of a huge floating dock, built in England in the 1860s and towed to Bermuda. At the time it was the largest dry dock in the world. By the early 1900s was too small to accommodate the newer ships and was decommissioned.
Restaurants and Pubs
Most of the restaurants, bars and pubs in Pembroke Parish are situated within the borders of Hamilton. They include the Barracuda Grill, Bistro J, Chopsticks, Docksider, Flanagan’s, the Hog Penny, the House of India, La Trattoria, Little Venice, the Lobster Pot, L’Oriental, the Pickled Onion, Port O’ Call, Portofino, and Rosa’s.
Establishments outside Hamilton include:
- Ascot’s – Award-winning restaurant at the Royal Palms Hotel
- Flying Fish – Seafood restaurant opposite the Fairmont Hamilton Princess
- Harry’s – Upmarket steakhouse (at the Waterfront – near Miles Market)
- Heritage Court – Lobby restaurant at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess known for its excellent afternoon tea service
- Mad Hatters – Eclectic restaurant run by British chef Ben Jewett
- Robin Hood – British style pub
Most shops in Pembroke can be found in Hamilton. Those outside the capital include:
- Arnold’s Family Market – Supermarket at the northern side of the parish
- Miles Market – Upmarket food hall
- Woodbourne Chemist – Pharmacy just west of the capital
Transport – Buses, Ferries, Scooters
Bus route 4 serves the Spanish Point area of Pembroke Parish (for Admiralty House Park/Clarence Cove and Spanish Point Park). It should be noted that the service on this route finishes quite early in the evening (see our simplified bus schedule).
There is a taxi rank outside the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. There are also taxi ranks in Hamilton (on Front Street and Church Street).
You can hire a horse and carriage on Front Street in Hamilton. Tours leave the capital and head west into Pembroke Parish.
Services & Information
Butterfield has ATMs at Gorham’s on St John’s Road, at the RUBiS East Broadway Service Station (near the BUEI), and at the Waterfront Banking Centre (near Miles Market). More ATMs can be found in Hamilton.
Interactive map of Pembroke Parish. Click on any icon for further information.