Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, "little town of fishes") is a beautiful walled town in South Wales that spills out pastel colored buildings along cliffs and around sandy bays. Tenby is one of Wales' premier tourist spots, and is located on the south Pembrokeshire coast, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Swansea.
The town of Tenby dates back to the Norman conquest, and the town walls were constructed in 1093 in order to defend it from the Welsh. Due to its somewhat remote location, however, the town and its quaint cobble streets and sandy beaches remained off the tourist trail until the Victorian era. Then, with the influx of wealthy merchant families from Swansea, Cardiff and further afield, Tenby was suddenly in a vogue, and the town's appeal as a picturesque spa has remained ever since. Although, Tenby is one of Wales' most popular holiday destinations, it has resisted over commercialization and remains a very elegant and pleasant family holiday venue..
Cars are banned from the historic centre of the town during the summer months, which adds greatly to the appeal of the town as a place to relax and unwind.
Tenby is connected by local rail line to Swansea, Cardiff and Pembroke Dock. During the weekends in the summer there are a limited number of direct services to and from London Paddington, though there are frequent services to connect with trains to London and elsewhere in England, from Carmarthen, Swansea, or Cardiff.
M4 to end (near Swansea), A48 to Carmarthen, A40 to St Clears, A477 to Kilgetty, A478 to Tenby.
The small town can be covered on foot.
- Narrow cobbled streets packed with quaint shops and cafes.
- Caldey Island. A Cistercian Monastery located on an island just off Tenby's coast. At low tide, ferries leave from Tenby Castle Beach and at high tide from Tenby Harhour. Fare: £10 (£5 for children)
- Tudor Merchant's House, ☎ . Quay Hill. A 15th century town house open to the public. Open April 1 to September 30, M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12noon - 3PM.
- Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, ☎ .
- North Beach, Tenby. North beach looks onto Tenby's old fishing harbour and out onto Camarthen Bay. This beach provides one of the most popular backdrops for portrait pictures and is the focus of most photographers who visit Tenby, providing them with some of the most dramatic sunrises set parallel to a quaint pastel coloured harbour filled with working trawlers. Goscar Rock sits in the centre of this mile long beach providing hours of fun for young and old to sift through the rock pools, shelter from the winds and, for those who dare, a small climbing adventure (although not advised for any novice climber).
- Walking. There are some great walking trails in and around Tenby. The coastal path (part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) goes through Tenby and is well signposted. Walk to Saundersfoot along the coast (4.5 miles/7km) and get the bus back or do a short circular walk at Manorbier a few miles along the coast.
- Swimming. Tenby has some beautiful beaches, which are ideal for swimming and spending a traditional family day at the sea-side.
- Take a leisurely rickshaw or horse and cart tour around the town centre.
- The Tenby Arts Festival is held in mid-September.
- Tenby Cycles, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The Norton. Bikes for hire.
- Activity Weekends, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Activity Weekends offers a wide range of activities, from paintballing to surfing.
- Boat trips, Harbour (Tickets from kiosk at top of Tenby harbour). Boat trips to Caldey Island or wildlife cruises to see seals and sometimes dolphins in the bay or around the island
- Manor House Wildlife Park.
- Tenby Blues Festival, ☎ , e-mail: info@TenbyBlues.co.uk. In November, a Blues Festival in over 15 venues all around Tenby town, from Friday thru Sunday with performers from all around the world
- Heatherton World of Activities, St Florence, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Tenby has many interesting shops tucked away in the alleys.
- The Caldey Island gift shop at the top of Quay Hill has some unusual hand made gifts. Try the chocolate. It's delicious!
As a major tourist centre, Tenby is certainly not lacking in cafes and restaurants.
- Plantagenet House, Quay Hill - located in an historic stone building, the cafe-cum-restaurant oozes with charm - good and reasonably priced meals - wood burning stove in winter.
- 25 Cafe, 25 High Street. Simple, but freshly made meals.
- Fecci & Sons Ice Cream Parlour, Upper Frog Street. Award winning ice cream.
- Ossie Morgan's Restaurant, Fourcroft Hotel, ☎ . Featuring local, seasonal produce, meals are freshly prepared by skilled chefs familiar with a seaside appetite. From traditional cooked breakfasts, exciting bar lunches and delicious evening menus, they cater for all tastes & most dietary requirements.
- The Baytree, Tudor Square, Tenby, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a large number of pubs to be found in Tenby, many offering food during the day in a family friendly environment.
- Caffe Vista, 3 Crackwell Street. Overlooking the harbour and North Beach, in a Georgian building. Great views, outstanding coffee, cakes, good breakfasts and Greek food.
- 25 Cafe, 25 High Street.
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Tenby has a great variety of accommodation, and B&Bs are plentiful. However, advance reservations are recommended during the summer months.
- Gumfreston Hotel, Culver Park, ☎ .
- Manorbier Youth Hostel, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The nearest Youth Hostel is at Manorbier (6 miles).
- Osnok, 1 Southcliffe Street, ☎ .
- Sea Breezes Guest House, 18 The Norton, ☎ .
- St Teresa's Old Convent Guesthouse, South Parade, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Old Convent, built in 1896, has now been renovated and transformed into a high standard guesthouse & restaurant. Located just opposite the famous five arches in Tenby, you have all the shops, pubs, and restaurants within a minute's walk. £70-90 for a double room including breakfast.
- Atlantic Hotel, The Esplanade, ☎ .
- Clarence House Hotel, Esplanade, ☎ .
- Park Hotel, North Cliff, ☎ .
- Tenby House Hotel, Tudor Square, ☎ .
- Castle Mead Hotel, castlemead Hotel, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Castlemead is beautifully situated at the head of a small wooded valley, overlooking the sea, Norman church & castle. Set in half an acre of pleasant, mature grounds and lawns it offers a gloriously relaxing spot, in the heart of the village of Manorbier.
- Giltar Hotel, The Esplanade, Tenby. SA70 7DU, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Based on the Esplanade overlooking South Beach. A few minutes walk from the walled town of Tenby. 60 rooms (Standard, Premier and Deluxe). Restaurant and 'The Cwtch' Bar. Small car park at rear of the hotel. £50 to £165 (including breakfast).
- Fourcroft Hotel, North Beach, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. This place offers well-equipped rooms, many with lovely views over the old fishing harbour and across Carmarthen Bay. It's part of a Listed Georgian terrace, built over 175 years ago as individual summer houses. A lift runs from the first half landing and there are footpaths directly to the beach. from £120 per room per night£.
- Hungerford Farm Touring Caravan Park, Loveston, near Kilgetty, ☎ .
- Kiln Park Caravan Park, Marsh Road, ☎ .
- Lydstep Beach Caravan Park, ☎ .
- Whitewell Holiday Park, Lydstep Beach, ☎ .
- Celtic Haven Resort & Spa (Celtic Haven Cottages), Lydstep, near Tenby (Located on the A4139 between Tenby and Manorbier), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Celtic Haven is a family-run holiday cottage resort on the picturesque Pembrokeshire cliff tops near Tenby. Many of the pretty whitewashed cottages date right back to the 12th Century and on-site facilities include an Elemis spa, Waves cliff-top restaurant, a headland golf course and leisure club with an indoor pool. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a short stroll away and many of the cottages are pet friendly. From £25 pp pn.
- The area dialing code for Tenby is 01834. From overseas, dial +44 1834 XXXXXX
- Pembroke - Pembroke Castle, medieval Norman castle, and birthplace of King Henry VII.
- St Davids - The UK's smallest city - imposing cathedral.
- Swansea - Wales' maritime city is around 80km from Tenby - wide range of cultural and leisure amenities.