Discover Tenby's glorious beaches, a warm atmosphere and fine Victorian houses. Enjoy a spot of fishing, relax on Caldey Island, visit the 15th century church, or take a walk along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path. Learn more about the ten things to enjoy most on holiday in Tenby.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Tenby has wonderful coastal walks right on the doorstep. One of the most enjoyable routes, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 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.

Aerial view of Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby coastline

National Park Centre

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.

Sandcastles and ice cream

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.

Deck chairs on Castle Beach, Tenby
Deck chairs on Castle Beach, Tenby

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

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, the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest independent museum in Wales.

Go fishing

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.
 

Boats in Tenby Harbour
Boats in Tenby Harbour

Caldey Island

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.

Caldey Island, West Wales
Caldey Island, Tenby

St Mary’s Church

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.

RNLI Lifeboat Station

There have been several lifeboat stations at Tenby. The current RNLI Lifeboat Station 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.

This way to the lifeboat in Tenby
This way to the lifeboat in Tenby

Tenby Ghost Walk

Spook yourself on the Tenby Ghost Walk: 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

Tucked away on Quay Hill, above the harbour, the Tudor Merchant's 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.

Five Arches, Tenby
Five Arches, Tenby