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Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, "little town of fishes") is a beautiful walled town in South Wales that spills out pastel colored buildings along cliffs and around sandy bays. Tenby is one of Wales' premier tourist spots, and is located on the south Pembrokeshire coast, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Swansea.


Tenby Harbor

The town of Tenby dates back to the Norman conquest, and the town walls were constructed in 1093 in order to defend it from the Welsh. Due to its somewhat remote location, however, the town and its quaint cobble streets and sandy beaches remained off the tourist trail until the Victorian era. Then, with the influx of wealthy merchant families from Swansea, Cardiff and further afield, Tenby was suddenly in a vogue, and the town's appeal as a picturesque spa has remained ever since. Although, Tenby is one of Wales' most popular holiday destinations, it has resisted over commercialization and remains a very elegant and pleasant family holiday venue..

Cars are banned from the historic centre of the town during the summer months, which adds greatly to the appeal of the town as a place to relax and unwind.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Tenby is connected by local rail line to Swansea, Cardiff and Pembroke Dock. During the weekends in the summer there are a limited number of direct services to and from London Paddington, though there are frequent services to connect with trains to London and elsewhere in England, from Carmarthen, Swansea, or Cardiff.

A few of the local trains continue to or start from Manchester Piccadilly.

By bus[edit]

Regular service from Swansea. Infrequent National Express service from London and Birmingham

By road[edit]

M4 to end (near Swansea), A48 to Carmarthen, A40 to St Clears, A477 to Kilgetty, A478 to Tenby.

Be aware that the council car parks currently only accept coins (though Pembrokeshire County Council proposes to change the machines to contactless in 2021), and are £5 per day in summer and £2 per day in winter (shorter stays are available). There are private car parks but they are more expensive.

Get around[edit]

The small town can be covered on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Narrow cobbled streets packed with quaint shops and cafes.
  • Caldey Island, [2]. A Cistercian Monastery located on an island just off Tenby's coast. At low tide, ferries leave from Tenby Castle Beach and at high tide from Tenby Harhour. Fare: £10 (£5 for children)
  • Tudor Merchant's House, Quay Hill, Tel:+44 1834 842-279. [3] A 15th century town house open to the public. Open April 1 to September 30, M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12noon - 3PM.
  • Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, [4] Tel:+44 1834 842-809.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walking. There are some great walking trails in and around Tenby. The coastal path (part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) goes through Tenby and is well signposted. Walk to Saundersfoot along the coast (4.5 miles/7km) and get the bus back or do a short circular walk at Manorbier a few miles along the coast.
  • Swimming. Tenby has some beautiful beaches, which are ideal for swimming and spending a traditional family day at the sea-side.
  • Take a leisurely rickshaw or horse and cart tour around the town centre.
  • The Tenby Arts Festival[5] is held in mid September.
  • Tenby Cycles, The Norton, Tel:+44 1834 845-573. E-mail: [email protected], [6]. Bikes for hire.
  • Activity Weekends, Tel:44 7977 543-396. E-mail: [email protected], [7]. Activity Weekends offers a wide range of activities, from paintballing to surfing.
  • Boat trips, Harbour (Tickets from kiosk at top of Tenby harbour). Boat trips to Caldey Island or wildlife cruises to see seals and sometimes dolphins in the bay or around the island  edit
  • Manor House Wildlife Park [8]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Tenby has many interesting shops tucked away in the alleys.
  • The Caldy Island gift shop at the top of Quay Hill has some unusual hand made gifts. Try the chocolate. It's delicious!

Eat[edit][add listing]

As a major tourist centre, Tenby is certainly not lacking in cafes and restaurants.

  • Plantagenet House, Quay Hill - located in an historic stone building, the cafe-cum-restaurant oozes with charm - good and reasonably priced meals - wood burning stove in winter.
  • 25 Cafe, 25 High Street - simple, but freshly made meals.
  • Fecci & Sons Ice Cream Parlour, Upper Frog Street. Award winning ice cream.

Drink[edit][add listing]


There are a large number of pubs to be found in Tenby, many offering food during the day in a family friendly environment.


  • Caffe Vista, 3 Crackwell Street. Overlooking the harbour and North Beach, in a Georgian building. Great views, outstanding coffee, cakes, good breakfasts and Greek food.  edit
  • 25 Cafe, 25 High Street.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Youth Hostel: The nearest hostel to Tenby is located at Manorbier: Tel:+44 1834 871-10, e-mail: [email protected]
  • B&Bs: Tenby has a great variety of accommodation, and B&Bs are plentiful. However, advance reservations are recommended during the summer months.
  • Driftwood Tenby (, 5 Fir Grove Begelly, 01646 672509, [1]. checkin: sat3pm; checkout: sat10am. Newly renovated self catering holiday home sleeps 6, ideally located for visiting all of the major attractions in Pembrokeshire area. Property is within walking distance of a local pub and mini-market and 500metres from Folly Farm. £300-£550pw.  edit


  • East Jordeston Cottages, St. Florence, nr Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 871-627, [9].
  • Hungerford Farm Touring Caravan Park, Loveston, nr Kilgetty, nr Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 891-463, [10].
  • Kiln Park Caravan Park, Marsh Road. Tel:+44 1834 844-121, [11].
  • Lydstep Beach Caravan Park, Lydstep Haven. Tel:+44 870 405-0148, [12].
  • Whitewell Holiday Park, Lydstep Beach. Tel:+44 1834 871-569, [13].
  • Celtic Haven Cottages, Lydstep, Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 870-000, [14].
  • Quality Cottages,Cerbid, Pembrokeshire. Tel:+44 1348 837-871,[15]


This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget below £60
Mid-range £60-100
Splurge £100+
  • Gumfreston Hotel, Culver Park. Tel:+44 1834 842-871,[16].
  • Osnok, 1 Southcliffe Street. Tel:+44 1834 843-189.
  • Sea Breezes Guest House, 18 the Norton. Tel:+44 1834 842-753, [17].
  • St Teresa’s Old Convent, South Parade, +44-1834-845514.  edit

Mid range[edit]

  • St Teresa's Old convent Guesthouse ( South Parade. Tel:+44 1834 845-514, [18].
    email: [email protected]

The Old Convent built in 1896 has now been renovated and transformed into a high standard guesthouse & restaurant. Located just opposite the famous five arches in Tenby, you have all the shops, pubs, and restaurants within a minutes walk. Prices range from £70-90 for a double room including breakfast.

  • Atlantic Hotel The Esplanade. Tel:+44 1834 842-881, [19].
  • Castle View Hotel The Norton. Tel:+44 1834 842-666, [].
  • Clarence House Hotel, Esplanade, Tel:+44 1834 844-371, [20].
  • Fourcroft Hotel, North Beach. Tel:+44 1834 842-886, [].
  • Giltar Hotel, The Esplanade. Tel:+44 1834 842-507, [21].
  • Park Hotel, North Cliff. Tel:+44 1834 842-480, [22].
  • Tenby House Hotel, Tudor Square. Tel:+44 1834 842-000, [].


  • Heywood Mount Hotel, Heywood Lane. Tel:+44 1834 842-087, [].


  • The area dialing code for Tenby is 01834. From overseas, dial +44 1834 XXXXXX

Get out[edit]

  • Pembroke - Pembroke Castle, medieval Norman castle, and birthplace of King Henry VII.
  • St Davids - The UK's smallest city - imposing cathedral.
  • Swansea - Wales' maritime city is around 80km from Tenby - wide range of cultural and leisure amenities.

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