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Tenby: the town, its beaches and other attractions

         The Five Arches was originally the South West Gate. The barbican contained a single arch with a portcullis. It was later pierced to allow the flow of traffic, but now it is only used by pedestrians.

Part of the town wall and Five Arches, Tenby
The town wall along St. Florence Parade, Tenby

         The town walls originally extended from a Watch Tower on the cliffs above the South Beach to a similar tower above the North Bay. Here we see part of the wall in St. Florence Parade.

         Iron Bar Sands, part of Tenby's South Beach, with St. Catherine's Island and its Napoleonic Fort.

St. Catherine's Island with its Napoleonic fort

          The ancient walled town of Tenby is set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and ranks amongst the most beautiful and unspoilt harbour towns in Europe. The complex medieval layout reveals fascinating views of the sea, the harbour and Castle Hill headland flanked on either side by two of the finest beaches imaginable, all set to the magnificent backdrop of the monastery island of Caldey with Caldey Sound in between.

          Visit Tenby and you will not be disappointed. However, there is more than beauty here. We would suggest filling some of your days with a choice of the following:

Attractions within easy walking distance:

  • Good choice of pubs and restaurants, many catering for families
  • Stunning scenery within the National Park; just sit and enjoy it
  • Best Blue Flag beaches in Britain
  • Boating, sailing, surfing, sea fishing
  • River fishing for sea trout, brown trout and salmon; also coarse fishing
  • Trip by boat from the harbour to Caldey Island
  • Golf
  • Ocean Commotion: children's adventure playground
  • Tenby Cinema
  • Tenby Museum, an excellent local museum
  • Evening shopping with late night opening
  • Public gardens with stunning views
  • Guided historic walks
  • Access to the Coastal Path
  • Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre

If you would like to go further afield, you could visit these local attractions:

  • Oakwood Theme Park: are you easily scared?
  • Heatherton Activity Centre: lots to do here
  • Manor House Wild Animal Park
  • Greater Wedlock Dinosaur Park
  • Ritec Valley Quad Bikes
  • Carew Karting
  • Folly Farm: great fun with the animals, funfair and a restaurant
  • Milton Manor: outdoor activities
  • Herons Brook Animal Leisure Park & Golf Centre, Narberth

Worthwhile car trips might be:

  • St. Davids: Britain's (probably the world's!) smallest city
  • Boat trips to the offshore islands Skomer & Ramsey
  • Narberth: beautiful little town with an excellent selection of shops
  • Castell Henllys: reconstruction of an Iron Age village
  • St. Govan's Head with its fascinating hermit's chapel at the foot of the cliff
  • Pembroke, Carew and Manorbier Castles
  • The Preseli Mountains
  • Laugharne: home of Dylan Thomas
  • Colby Lodge Gardens (National Trust)

The list goes on! Fitting it all in is the problem.

Castle Beach, Tenby
The newly built lifeboat station
Castle Beach
which lies below Castle Hill, Tenby
  The new Lifeboat Station off Castle Hill
The harbour boats during the winter
There is often summer entertainment in the harbour
The harbour boats are laid up and painted
during the winter months
  Entertainment is provided in the harbour
during the summer months
The cliffs between Manorbier & Lydstep
Giltar Point
On the coastal footpath:
The cliffs between Manorbier and Lydstep
  On the coastal footpath:
Giltar Point
Waves crash against St. Catherine's Island after a storm
Pleasure boats take passengers aboard on Castle Beach
Waves on Castle Beach   Boarding pleasure boats on Castle Beach
Tenby and its harbour from Castle Hill
On the path to the pier in Tenby harbour
Tenby and its harbour from Castle Hill   On the path to the pier in Tenby harbour
Some of the boats in Tenby harbour
Boats pack away after a championship race
Some of the boats in Tenby harbour   Boats pack away after a championship race
The harbour and Castle Hill
Tenby, seen from the coatal footpath beyond Waterwynch
The harbour and Castle Hill   On the coastal footpath:
Tenby from beyond Waterwynch
An inlet between Waterwynch and Monkstone
Monkstone Point and its beach
On the coastal footpath:
An inlet between Waterwynch and Monkstone
  On the coastal footpath:
Monkstone Point and its beach

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