• Dale Fort's dining room
  • Dale Fort's games room

FSC Dale Fort is set in a spectacular location high on the cliffs within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, giving superb views over the sea. Built in 1856 to defend the Milford Haven waterway against invasion, it has been a field centre since 1948. It is ideally located for coastal studies and for accessing Skomer Island with its renowned resident sea bird populations, including puffins, guillemots and razorbills.

Rocky shore, salt marsh, grassland and woodland are a short walk from the centre and a wide variety of teaching sites are within 30 minutes’ drive – these include rural and urban settlements, coastal landscapes and tourist honeypot areas.

Whilst FSC Dale Fort isn’t open for teaching during the winter months, we can sometimes accommodate groups looking for a good value place to stay, as well as crews looking for UK filming locations.

Please contact us to see if we have space on your preferred dates, letting us know the size of your group and whether you would prefer to cook for yourselves, or be catered.

“The fieldwork at Dale Fort is second to none and provides direct benefits but I believe the the trip enthused and inspired my students in a much deeper way than simply covering the specification. I would recommend Dale Fort to anyone.”

Head of Biology


  • Bar: We have a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wines, soft drinks and snacks
  • Capacity: Dale Fort sleeps 136 in 31 rooms (28 with sea views) across three accommodation blocks. Currently we have one single room (en-suite), five twin rooms (en-suite), 12 triple rooms with communal facilities, 11 dormitory rooms (en-suite) plus two dormitory rooms with communal facilities.
  • Car Parking: There is on site parking for 20 cars with additional parking outside the fort.
  • Children's Facilities: We are an Educational Centre and have games and activities on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
  • Common Room: There is a student common room which has a television, a pool table, piano and a selection of board games; with comfortable sofas it is the perfect place for students to relax.
  • Disabled Facilities: We have two dedicated disabled access bedrooms with en-suite facilities including roll-in showers.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks: We have hot and cold drinks making facilities accessible around the centre.
  • Kitchen: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
  • Linen: All bedding is provided
  • Lounge: We have a visiting staff lounge area, which has a television, comfy sofas and a fully functioning kitchen attached.
  • Outdoor Clothing: You can borrow wellingtons, waterproof trousers and coats.
  • Outdoor Facilities: There is plenty of outdoor seating, including an elevated sun deck with panoramic sea views. Dale Fort also has an outside climbing wall.
  • Self Catering: Is considered upon specific request.
  • Shop: Our shop sells drinks, snacks and souvenirs of your stay as well as a selection of FSC publications.
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.
  • Workrooms: We have four workrooms and a Library that can be used as a workroom or conference room. All have interactive whiteboards and WiFi access. Multi-media projection facilities are also available and laptops and iPad.

Food at our centres

For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.

Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.

FSC Accommodation

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Note: not all centres have single/twin rooms. All rooms are subject to availability. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.

Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

Health and Safety

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Carbon Trust Standard
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) licence (pending)
  • Food Hygiene rating: 5*
  • Investors in People
  • Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Primary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association) Met Office active participant
  • Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold
  • BSAC snorkelling centre
  • Visit Wales 3*

How to find us

By road From the M4 (Junction 49) follow the A48 to Carmarthen and then the A40 to Haverfordwest. From Haverfordwest take the B4327 to Dale. Follow the road into the village of Dale. Take the left hand fork in the road following the waterfront. Just after the Griffin Inn there is a turning to the left sign-posted ‘Field Studies Centre.’ The Centre is located at the end of the lane. Please be careful on the lane, it is very narrow with only a few passing places.
By train The nearest railway station to the Centre is Milford Haven.
By bus Please visit https://www.traveline.cymru/

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