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
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.
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. 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.
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. The Centre can arrange a coach pick up from the station, please contact for details.
By bus Please visit https://www.traveline.cymru/