10 things to enjoy on holiday in Tenby

With glorious beaches, a warm atmosphere and fine Victorian houses painted in sugared almond colours, Tenby in Pembrokeshire is one of our prettiest and cosiest seaside towns.

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    Go fishing

    Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire

    Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire

     by Paula J James

    Tenby’s Welsh name, Dinbych-y-Pysgod (Little Fortress of the Fish), will make perfect sense when you explore the dainty harbour beside Castle Hill. To head out to sea on a mackerel fishing trip, just chat to one of the boat operators.

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    Sandcastles and ice cream

    Tenby South Beach, Pembrokeshire

    Tenby South Beach, Pembrokeshire

     by Dave Smitham

    Aside from the harbour, Tenby is blessed with no less than three sandy beaches, lovely for sailing, snoozing and scoffing ice cream. They’re also the perfect place to build a sandcastle with a moat, ready to be filled by the incoming tide.

  • Priory Bay on Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

    Priory Bay on Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

     by Paula J James

    Just 20 minutes away by boat, the holy island of Caldey is an oasis of calm where you can watch seabirds or relax on a tiny beach. Owned and run by a community of Cistercian monks, it’s open to the public on summer weekdays and Saturdays.

  • Wooden crucifix at St Mary's Church in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    St Mary's Church in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

     by Jason Selby

    St Mary’s on Upper Frog Street, in the centre of town, is a fine church with a tall, slender spire. It mostly dates back to the 15th century, a heyday for the town. Inside, it’s light and airy, with carved ceiling bosses and 500 year old memorials to former mayors.

  • Tenby Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire

    Tenby Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire

     by Paula J James

    There have been several lifeboat stations at Tenby. The current one is open to the public in summer – you can see the lifeboat when it’s not in action, and buy RNLI souvenirs in the shop. The last station, nearby, is now a private house that featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

  • Head for Castle Hill where, if you can tear yourself away from the wonderful sea views, you can enjoy paintings of the same scene, along with other notable Pembrokeshire landscapes and portraits. Established in 1878, this is the oldest independent museum in Wales.

  • St Catherine's Island, Pembrokeshire

    St Catherine's Island, Pembrokeshire

     by Paula J James

    Tenby has wonderful coastal walks right on the doorstep. One of the most enjoyable routes takes you north to Saundersfoot, an up and down 4.5 mile stretch with fabulous views of Saundersfoot Bay from the headland at Monkstone Point.

  • Spook yourself on a short tour of some of Tenby’s more mysterious corners, hearing tales of the past from storyteller Marion Davies. She’s a mine of information on all things paranormal, from ghostly pirates to witches and UFOs.

  • Tudor Merchant's House in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Tudor Merchant's House in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

     by Sue Everett

    Tucked away on Quay Hill, above the harbour, this house is a museum of the life of a wealthy merchant and his family at the turn of the 16th century. The merchant’s shop, kitchen and living room are furnished in the style of Tudor times.

  • Find out about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park at this friendly centre and shop. It’s located near the Five Arches, a fortress-like section of Tenby’s impressive medieval walls. There are films to watch, treats to buy and rock pool feely boxes to introduce you to coastal wildlife.