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.
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 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.
Saundersfoot is just around the coastline where you can walk through the tunnels to Wisemans Bridge and a pub serving good food. Walk to Saundersfoot from North Beach or it's a short drive by car or local bus. One good option is to walk one way and the other by bus.
Other good cliff-top walks are to Lydstep Bay & Manobier. Or Amroth, which is onward past Saundersfoot and Wisemans Bridge.
There are lots of adventure parks for the children to spend time either watching animals from around the world, Folly Farm is one of the most popular plus there's Anna's Welsh Zoo or riding on a roller coaster at Oakwood Theme park. There is an indoor climbing centre in Tenby or Battlefield live to practise your laser shooting. If you enjoy trampolining then head off to Hangar 5 in Haverfordwest.
For more relaxed fun there is National Trust's Colby Woodland Gardens in Amroth, where you can enjoy a duck race, pond dipping or a guided walk taking in the natural wildlife, flora & fauna through its 8 acres of land.
Pembrokeshire has a diverse mix of activities and places of interest which will inspire the whole family and keep you coming back year after year.
Some notable dates in 2020
It often seems that there's always something going on in Tenby but here's a list of some of the notable dates for your diary:
- 2 May '20 Carten100
- 19 June '20 Street Food Warehouse
- 3 Jul '20 Long Course Weekend
- 11 Jul '20 TenFoot Swim
- 6 Sep '20 Ironman Wales
- TBA Tenby Blues Festival (2019: 8-10 Nov)
Street Food Warehouse return for another year at South Beach for a glorious three days (19-21 June) of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks.