Enjoy a spot of fishing, relax on Caldey Island, visit the 15th century church, or take a walk along the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Find out the things to do to get the most enjoyment from your holiday in Tenby.
Whether you're looking for the perfect beach for small children, or somewhere for adventure, one of Tenby's fantastic beaches will fit the bill. Take the little ones down to the safe Harbour Beach or use the easy access slipway to get down to Castle Beach. There's also Goscar Rock over on North Beach and after clambering on that you can head over to the beachfront snack-bar or, if you're looking somewhere to run around on check out South Beach, the most spacious of Tenby's beaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just 20 minutes away by boat, the holy island of Caldey Island 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.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church 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.
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.