City Guide to Tenby

Revered as Wales’ most iconic seaside town, with it’s brightly coloured houses overlooking pristine sandy beaches, Tenby brings quaint charm to the South Wales coastline.

Tenby is protected by the embrace of its 13th century medieval stone walls. The entrance to the old town is guarded by the famous, perfectly preserved five arches gate. The town itself wraps itself around a hilltop, providing stunning views of the sandy Pembrokeshire coastline and bustling harbour below.

The town’s ancient cobbled lanes are lined with boutique shops and fantastic restaurants, which, combined with the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area, make Tenby a justifiably popular tourist destination. 

Shopping in Tenby

This beautiful medieval town caters for a wide range of tastes. If independent boutiques are what you’re looking for, head into Tenby’s winding, cobbled streets and delight in the treasure trove of vintage shops on offer. 

Everything in Tenby is within walking distance, making it ideal for a relaxed day of retail therapy.

If you begin to flag you can always stop off for a coffee at one of the beautiful tea rooms around Frog Street or take in the sea views at the cafes and ice cream parlours that line the promenade. 

Nature in Tenby

Tenby boasts three gorgeous beaches, each with their own unique character. They all face different directions, so you will always be able to find sun, shade or shelter, and can enjoy the views no matter what the weather. 

Walk along Tenby’s South Beach towards Giltar Point and the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. From here, you will see fabulous views of Caldey Island.

Go to Castle Beach at low tide and walk out to St. Catherine’s Island to explore the many rock pools around the cliffs. Castle Beach has been awarded both the Blue Flag 2014 and the Seaside award for excellent water quality, making it a great beach for swimming, canoeing and surfing. 

Restaurants in Tenby

Tenby has a wide variety of independent restaurants and bistros to suit any price range. 

Head up to one of the restaurants near the Tudor Merchants Houses or Tudor Square and dine in an old medieval building for a truly unique experience.

The South Beach also has some great dining options, complete with stunning sea views. Here you will find some award-winning pizzerias offering excellent value for money. 

Activities in Tenby

Tenby boasts two beautiful golf courses and offers a range of water sport activities, including water skiing and kayaking. Motor boats can be hired to explore the many caves found around the mainland or the neighbouring islands and mackerel fishing trips can be booked at the harbour. 

For some extra action, head to Battlefield LIVE! in Llanteg, eight miles east, for some laser warfare to be enjoyed by all ages.

Tenby is a charming town with a great deal of character that has something for everyone, regardless of your price range. Relax and enjoy your trip to Tenby

Guide to Exploring Tenby

Carew Castle

Regarded as one of the most impressive castles in Wales, visitors to Carew Castle can trace the structure’s history from Norman fortifications to when it became an Elizabethan country home owned by Sir John Perrot, possibly an illegitimate son of Henry VIII, before its eventual abandonment in the 17th Century. Several notable features have resulted, including earthworks created by Royalist defenders during the Civil War and window frames dating to Tudor times that were made of imported Cotswold stone that stands out against the local limestone used for the rest of the building.

Manorbier Castle

One of the foremost charms of the Pembrokeshire Coast, Manorbier Castle makes for a fantastic day out, especially for families and anyone with a passion for Welsh history. This well-preserved Norman Castle is to be found not far from the pretty seaside town of Tenby. With medieval frescoes visible in the old chapel and a fine gatehouse with intact defensive facilities, despite the inevitable decay caused by the passage of time, this remains a majestic and atmospheric structure.

Tenby Beach

Visitors to Wales are often staggered by quite how picturesque it can be here and nowhere more so than at Tenby, probably the most iconic seaside town in the country. Tenby Beach is the generic name given to not one but four of its beaches, all of which offer sheltered, deep blue water and outstanding views.

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