Tenby Travel Guide

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Tenby Highlights

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     Great location, historic town, massive beaches 

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     Overrun by day trippers on hot summer days 

  • In a nutshell
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     Perfect base to explore Pembrokeshire. 

Tenby Things to Do

  • Five Arches Barbican Gatehouse

    The Five Arches were originally the South West gate into Tenby and were part of the old castle walls; the gatehouse was erected around 1264 by Lord of Pembroke, William de Valence and was originally a single arch. However, later a barbican was added to protect the gate. Sometime during the 19th century, other arches were knocked through owing to...

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  • Caldey Island

    A twenty minutes boat ride will take you from the pretty harbour of Tenby to the wonderful peaceful oasis that is Caldey Island. Caldey is one of Britain's Holy Islands, with a monastic history which goes back 1500 years. The Benedictine order of Monks are still practising on the Island to this day. A pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the boat...

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  • Manor House Wildlife Park

    Manor House Wildlife Park was taken over by well-known British TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and her family in 2008. Since then it has been transformed from a Zoo where animals were caged up to a fantastic spacious Wildlife Park where the animals have salubrious homes and acres of space to roam in if they need it. The life and times of the Wildlife...

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  • Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

    The museum is in a lovely setting on Castle Hill in part of the ruins of a C13th castle. Very well designed displays of the local geology, archaeology and social history of the area, and has activities for children. There is also an excellent art gallery with a permanent display of works by Gwen John, David Jones and others as well as special...

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  • St Catherines Fort

    The Island just off Castle Beach in Tenby is home to St Catherines Fort. This is one of the defences built in the 1860's to protect the Welsh Pembrokshire coast from the threat of French invasion. It has gun embrasures down both the northern and southern sides, with large, circular, corner emplacements at each of the seaward, eastern corners for...

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  • Tenby Castle

    An unknown Norman built the first Castle here. The castle dates from 1153 but the visible ruins on the cliff above the sea are from later additions. Over the years the 13th Century Town Walls took over as the main defence of Tenby. On the top of Castle Hill you can see the only remaining Castle Tower.

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Tenby Restaurants

  • First Class Indian

    Barbucci has got to be Tenby's best kept secret. It's situated off a side street near the train station and if you look on google street view (like I did) it appears to be in a small 'lean to' at the rear of one of the big houses. In this case, apprearences really are deceptive and after entering through the door, you go down some stairs and enter...

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  • Great Sea Views

    This lovely little Cafe is situated right on the cliff edge giving some great views out to sea with North Beach in one direction and the beautiful Harbour area and Castle hill in the other direction. The food served here is the traditional seaside fayre such as fish and chips, cottage pie etc. We opted for the fish and chips washed down with a...

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  • Daily Specials Good - but slow service a...

    A busy restaurant with an outside beer garden as well. Seems very good for children with their own menu - means noisy so not for those wanting peace and quiet.Daily specials (fish pie etc..) good and promptly delivered. Anything off the main menu takes for ever - they told us 'up to half an hour is normal' Sumo fish cakes expensive and poor Daily...

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  • Set Early Menu Good Value

    A pleaant setting in Tudor Square. Attentive staff. Wide range of fish dishes and specials.Typical prices for Tenby. Good value early menu at £10/main (choice of 3 but don't change much!) and £2.50 for starter or dessert - great apple pie and homemade soup. Adequate portions for the price. Also went on regular menu - great sea bass! Anthing with...

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  • Tasty food but not enough of it!

    While staying in Tenby for my Birthday, we decided to mark the occasion with a visit to a nearby Indian Restaurant. The Bay of Bengal is a pleasant Restaurant overlooking the Harbour in Tenby. There was a seating area downstairs with sea views and one table near to where we were sitting upstairs which would have had sea views if it wasn't dark...

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  • Ahoy there...

    This colourful pub is situated in the centre of Tenby just off Tudor Square. The outside is painted in RNLI colours and the interior is decorated with lots of Mariner artifacts. We called in here to get out of the rain for a quick drink and a snack. There was a lovely menu with lots of wholesome pub grub on offer. We opted for some Nachos to share...

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Tenby Nightlife

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  • Tenby, a brief introduction to it's...

    The primary place to go for drinks on a night out in Tenby is the square in the high street. Located at the bottom of the square are Tenby's 3 most Popular pubs: The Lifeboat Tavern, Tenby House and The Buccaneer.The Lifeboat TavernFun bar staff that are always smiling and happy to help, bar is made from an old wooden lifeboat. The usual clientèle...

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  • Top 'ASBO' pub

    I could have been horrible and put this pub under the 'warnings and dangers' section, but I like the Three Mariners, in a strange sort of way. It was once listed in a UK tabloid newspaper as one of the UK's top ASBO drinkers pubs. For those not familiar with UK terms, ASBO stands for 'Anti Social Behaviour Order'.The first time - and not the last...

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  • Best Pub in Tenby

    I've just returned from an excellent holiday in Tenby, and noticed that the 3 Mariners pub has quite a lot of bad press out there. I feel strongly that I should try to counter this view. I found it to be the best pub out of the many I staggered through during my stay, with a warm, friendly welcome and I also played a few great games of darts with...

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Tenby Transportation

  • Horse & Cart

    You can take a ride on the Horse & Cart during peak season (til end of October). A commentary from a local guide will tell you about the sights and highlights of Tenby during the tour.

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  • pedestrianisation

    the town has introduced a pedestrianisation scheme that operates between the summer holidays.You cannot use car within the town walls during a period from 11-4 or 5?So if you are staying in the walls, you need to plan for this.However, it is great for pedestrians and means that the town is safe and care fume free, which has created a different...

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  • Explore Tenby on foot

    The picturesque small town of Tenby with its narrow streets and the histroic buildings is best explored on foot. The 4 beaches and Castle Hill are in walking distance to the centre of town. There is a nice promenade along the North Beach which an be enjoyed on a stroll.

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    by Myfanwe Written Feb 19, 2010

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    A trip to Caldey Island is a must if you are Visiting Tenby in the Summer. It has a wonderul deserted beach and is the home to a Reformed Order of Cistercian monks. On the Island males can visit the Museum, take tea in the Abbots Kitchen or shop in the gift shop - sounds good to me!! The small boats which run the trips over to the Island from Tenby harbour only operate in the summer but the good news is, there is a Caldey Island gift shop in Tenby which is open all year long. Here you can purchase hand made items which are produced by the Monks themselves. It is a fascinating little gift shop selling all the usual touristy items together with confectionary and perfume lovingly made by the Monks.

    What to buy: I would highly recommend the Chocolate - it is delicious.

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    • Religious Travel
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Tenby Local Customs

  • Tenby Lifeboat Station

    Tenby was granted a new lifeboat station some time ago, this was constructed right next to the old one which was first established in 1852 and is a Grade II listed building so could not be demolished. As luck would have it a lucrative businessman and his Wife from Cardiff bought the old lifeboat station which would otherwise have gotten into a...

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  • Welsh language

    About a quarter of the Welsh population still speak the ancient Celtic language Welsh, which is not an English dialect. To promote the Welsh language, most roadsigns are bilingual in Wales: English and Welsh.When visiting a foreign country, it is always nice and helpful to speak at least a few words in the local language. So here are a few useful...

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  • British Pubs

    For many locals the pubs are their second home and a perfect place for conversation. British Pubs usually don't have a waiter service. You have to go to the bar to buy your drinks and to pay immediately after your order. The beers for sale are either on draught (on tap), in bottles or cans. Famous types of british Beer are: Ale, Mild, Bitter and...

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Tenby Warnings and Dangers

  • by Valewanderer Written Aug 24, 2011

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    They treat you poorly and then when they have given you no choice but to leave - they refuse to refund any money for the rest of the week.

    If you book a hotel and leave for your own reasons - this is understandable.

    If the hotelier is fully aware that their behaviour towards you has been appalling - this is not understandable.

    Neither is it possible to shower properly at this hotel - they have an inherently faulty system (tank below showers - not possible)but if you politely mention this you will be treated as though, somehow, it is your fault - bizarre.

    Avoid - they ruined the holiday of our ten year old and did not care for a second. Do not risk it.

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Tenby What to Pack

  • Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island

    Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and...

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  • Getting Around Wales

    If you like to explore Pembrokeshire by public transport I recommend to take a copy of "Getting Around Wales (Crwydro Cymru)". It provides timetable infomation about rail services, all kind of bus and coach services and air services from Cardiff Airport.The timetable book is published by "Southern Vectis" and it is available at the Tourist...

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  • Rough Guide to Britain

    To explore Great Britain an up to date guidebook is very useful. I often use the Rough Guide to Britain (England, Wales, Scotland). It covers information for all budgets on the best places to stay, eat and drink. Plenty of recommendations and practical tips on exploring the countries make this book an useful travel companion.

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Tenby Off The Beaten Path

  • The Bosherston lily ponds

    Bosherston Lily Ponds : a flooded limestone valley managed by the National Trust. Imagine a lily pond - then imagine vast lakes of lilies crossed by simple wooden walkways. This is Bosherston.Otters and birds are plentiful, and above you the wild Welsh sky...For fishing: Pike tench, roach, perch, and eels by permit only, from:Ye Olde Worlde Café,...

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  • St Govan's chapel & the Stack rocks

    Both these landmarks are a short drive of 20 minutes or so from Tenby. They are in an area used as an army firing range, and this has helped preserve its remote feel. It is also said that the wildlife is is relatively undisturbed - presumably they don't mind gunfire! Dramatic limstone cliffs, bizarre rock formations and dizzy heights. 'Elegug'...

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  • Pembroke

    A daytrip by train to Pembroke takes about 30 minutes. Pembroke is famous for its Norman castle, which was rebuild in the 12th century. Moreover Pembroke has some attractive Georgian and Victiorian houses and some intact parts of a medieval town wall.

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  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path

    The famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a National Trail from Amroth in the south to St. Dogmaels in the north of Pembrokeshire. It covers 186 miles (300 km) of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Wales. There are some nice parts of this Coast Path near Tenby (e.g. Tenby to Manobier). All routes are well signposted, but proper walking shoes are...

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  • Seaside views

    Walking on the beach, gazing at the horizon over the beautiful smooth water.Watching the fishing fleet peacefully at anchor in the bay. Watching the sunrise from the hotel window in the morning, seeing the sun light the bay, and the boats floating in it.

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Go to the Beach!!!
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North Beach
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Carew castle - an excursion
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Chocolate-making monks
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The town and harbour
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Tenby Castle
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Castle Rock
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Under St Catherine Island
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St Catherine Island
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The beach
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