No holiday in Pembrokeshire would be complete without a visit to Tenby, probably the most iconic seaside town in Wales. Glorious sandy beaches surround it on all sides: North, South and Castle. Each has its own character and all face in different directions. So there’s always at least one which is sheltered.
The original town of Tenby was called Dinbych y Pysgod in Welsh or “little town of fishes”. The Normans established Tenby as a fortified town. Most of the old town walls remain, enclosing the medieval town behind them. Inside the old town walls, narrow cobbled streets and medieval houses add to Tenby’s charm.
During Georgian and Victorian times, Tenby became a popular seaside resort. The promenades on both sides of the old town on the Esplanade and the Norton both contribute to the outstanding architectural look of the town.
There’s plenty to do – leisurely walks on the beaches and promenades, taking in the harbour, Castle Hill and St Catherine’s Island. Boat trips run from the harbour, for fishing, watersports or sightseeing. Regular boat trips run to Caldey Island, just offshore from Tenby South Beach. The island is owned by monks of the Cistercian Order and has an active monastery. Attractions on the island include the 12th Century Priory, Museum, Perfume Shop and Tea Gardens plus one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire.
In the town itself it’s worth visiting the National Trust owned Tudor Merchant’s House, a fascinating house that has been recreated to look like it would have been in the late 15th century. Also visit the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Hill near the harbour.
For more ideas check out this great article – Lose yourself in Tenby
There is no shortage of great places to eat, but they are always changing, so this is definitely the time to consult TripAdvisor and choose accordingly!
Distance from Manor Bedw: 17 miles