Place Category: Feature
The best of the Welsh seaside all wrapped up in a medieval wall, elegant streets, plenty of culture and a splash of sporting prowess thrown in – ‘Denbigh the Fish’ has ‘holiday’ nailed.
Situated at the western end of the sweeping Carmarthen Bay, Tenby has been on the leisure map since the 1800s and yet there is so much more to Tenby than simply tourism. Its strategic position made it an obvious place for settlement and records date back to a settlement in the 9th century. Protected by a medieval wall, the future Henry VII of England sheltered here during the Wars of the Roses and the town subsequently became an important trading port. Sadly, Tenby experienced a bad ‘Civil War’, changing hands between Royalists and Parliamentarian troops a couple of times; shortly afterwards, plague devastated the town. Tenby slid into decline until the Victorian tourists took an interest in the Welsh coast and Tenby’s renaissance commenced. The seaside is a ‘given’ at Tenby, with a number of Blue Flag beaches to enjoy. If you tire of building sandcastles, you can get your blood pumping with a wide variety of watersports, join the local sailing club as a visitor or go climbing at Tenby’s indoor climbing wall. You can also walk up Castle Hill (home to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery) or visit Caldey Island, inhabited since the Stone Age and now home to a community of Cistercian monks. Scare yourself silly on a ghost walk or, for a more traditionally Welsh outing, visit the Love Spoon Workshop. Tenby also has a number of art galleries featuring the work of many fine artists. You can find out what life was like in a Tudor Merchant’s House, imagine yourself back in time as a fisherman praying for safe return at St Julian’s Church, or check out the modern RNLI heroes at Tenby’s new lifeboat station.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK
Tenby has plenty of places to stay, from family campsites to top class hotels. Trefloyne Manor offers 4-star accommodation with a golf course, while the Tenby House Hotel is right in the heart of things. Try Broadmead for Boutique B&B or, for camping, there’s Windmill Hill Caravan Park and ‘wild camping’ at Skrinkle Bay, Manorbier (visit Manorbier Castle while you’re there). Tenby has plenty of great places to eat. Try The Bucaneer for pub food or the hidden charms of Plantagenet House. For seafood lovers, why not buy your own, fresh from the fishermen?
NEED TO KNOW
Getting There: Tenby is on the South Pembrokeshire coast at the end of the A477 and A478 roads.
Parking: Tenby has a number of car parks in town and limited amounts of on-street parking.
Public Transport: Tenby has a railway station and bus links across Pembrokeshire.
Dogs: Restrictions apply between 1st May and 30 September on some beaches. South Beach allows dogs all year.
Tenby Watersports http://www.tenbywatersports.co.uk/ 07826 30 65 66
Caldey Island http://www.caldey-island.co.uk/
Tenby Sailing Club http://www.tenbysailingclub.org.uk/ 01834 842762
Overhang Climbing Centre http://www.tenbyclimbingwall.co.uk/ 01834 842302
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery http://www.tenbymuseum.org.uk/ 08134 842809
Ghost Walk & Story of Tenby http://guidedtourswales.co.uk/ghost-walk-story-of-tenby/ 01834 845841
Love Spoon Workshop http://lovespoons.org.uk/ 01834 812152
Tudor Merchant’s House https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tudor-merchants-house
St Julian’s Church https://www.facebook.com/St-Julians-Church-271655526182022/info/
Trefloyne Manor http://www.trefloyne.com/ 01834 842165
Tenby House Hotel http://www.tenbyhousehotel.com/ 01834 842000
Broadmead B&B http://broadmeadtenby.wales/
Windmill Hill Caravan Park http://www.windmillhillcaravanpark.co.uk/ 01646 682392
Skrinkle Bay Camping, Manorbier 01834 871005
The Bucaneer https://www.facebook.com/TheBuccaneerInn/ 01834 842273
Plantaganet House http://www.plantagenettenby.co.uk/ 01834 842350
Simply Seafoods 5-6 Bridge St, Tenby SA70 7BL 07828 046047
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