Tenby's hilltop position led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold, which was replaced in medieval times by a Norman Castle and walled town. Part of the town walls survive to this day and are an attractive feature at the entrance to the old town.
Until quite recently Tenby was known as "Little England beyond Wales" and the town remains a rather anglicised part of Wales. From the early 19th century, Tenby became a fashionable holiday destination for both the Welsh and the English, and its attractions to the holidaymaker are just as obvious today, with the fantastic beaches stretching to the north, the west, and the south of the town.
Situated within the UK’s only coastal national park, you’re spoilt for choice if a barefooted stroll on the sand or a bracing salt-water dip is on your agenda. Our beaches have prestigious Blue Flag status for their cleanliness and water quality and are regularly voted to be amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Named Best Beach in Europe 2014, Harbour beach is home to the iconic St Julian’s chapel, Harbour Cafe and Tenby Sailing Club, which welcomes members and non-members alike. The beach is a must for those of us who haven’t truly arrived at the seaside until we’ve heard that evocative clinking of boat rigging in the breeze and the gentle splash of waves against a hull.
Award-winning Castle beach sits at the foot of Castle Hill and St. Catherine’s island which is known for its impressive fort, a former private residence and zoo. Access is weather and tide dependent but offers impressive views of town, sea and coast.
Licensed fishing boats operate from kiosks in Castle Square, where you can book your place, borrow a rod and lifejacket and hopefully catch your own dinner! Delicious mackerel, flatfish and sea bass are all plentiful in our waters. Also find here the booking office for the boats to Caldey which run regular trips to our neighbouring holy island from Spring to late Summer.
For something a bit more high-octane, on North beach Tenby Water Sports offers the jet ski safari, water-skiing and plenty more to get your blood pumping!
Fabulous South beach is nearly two miles of golden sand that stretch out towards Penally and Giltar, backed by sand dunes more than 10 feet high that offer welcome shelter on a breezy day. The views over to Caldey from here are unrivalled, and with an ice cream in one hand and a good book in the other, you can watch the windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts and find your own slice of paradise on this most perfect of beaches.