Tenby has been a popular seaside resort since the days of the Victorians, and remains so today. The Welsh name for Tenby is Dinbych-y-Pysgod; or Little Fortress of the Fish and is a reference to the town’s history of being a medieval stonewalled town whose walls are the original boundaries that were built over 800 years ago to protect the town from the invaders and pirates.
Browse along Tenby’s narrow cobbled streets, full of gift shops, cafes, restaurants and houses painted in ice-cream shades, that wind down to a pretty harbour. From the harbour you can take a cruise to nearby Caldey Island which is home to a Monastery of Cistercian Monks who make the most delicious chocolate, here you can also look out for the seals.
Tenby is also home to award winning beaches that include North Beach, South Beach and the Castle Beach. The beaches of Saundersfoot are also just a short drive away.
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Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high on the edge of the Afon Cennen gorge in the Breacon Beacons National Park, which plunges 90 m down to the green fields, draws the visitor with an inexplicable magnetism. The castle's early years are confused by a mixture of fact and fantasy, and the story of a fortress 1st being built on this limestone crag in the Dark Ages by one of King Arthur's knights, Sir Urien Rheged, Lord of Iskennen, is one of the many Arthurian legends. It is more likely that the 1st castle on this site was raised by the Welsh Lord Rhys, Prince of Deheubarth, in the late 12th century and passed to his son Rhys Fachan, who lost it to the English when he was betrayed by his mother. He regained control of the castle in 1248, which was then seized in 1277 by Edward I, only to be captured in 1287 by the brothers Gruffydd and Llywelyn ap Maredudd. The castle appears to have been destroyed soon after to make way for the imposing structure which is now slowly crumbling on the hillside.
The most intriguing feature of the castle to be discovered lies at the South/ East corner of the inner ward, where a set of steps leads from near the King's Chamber down into a natural fissure in the rock, and beyond into a damp limestone cave. Much of the vaulted passage is lined with stone, but its purpose remains a mystery. Still undiscovered is a warrior who is said to sleep beneath the castle, awaiting a call to arms from the Welsh.
Dinefwr castle was most probably built by Rhys ap Gruffydd, The Lord Rhys, ruler of a united Deheubarth. According to medieval Welsh law books, Dinefwr served as the principal court of Deheurbath. In 1287, Rhys ap Maredudd, Lord of the nearby Dryslwyn Castle, captured Dinefwr but the castle had soon been recaptured by Edmund of Cornwall. The next hundred years in royal hands are unrecorded.
Passing the gate of Dinefwr castle you will find the outer ward, enclosed by a curtain wall, which now is almost gone. The inner ward then comprises a polygonal area surrounded by a battlemented curtain wall that follows the natural contours. Within there are two towers: the great round tower keep overlooking the cliff and the river, and the equally strong cylindrical North-West tower.
A restored wall-walk offers an amazing view of the surrounding country, the Towy valley and Dryslwyn Castle, only some 4 miles upstream.
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