Six Reasons To Visit Tenby in Wales

The beautiful harbour of Tenby with colourful houses

Situated in Pembrokeshire in West Wales is the charming seaside town of Tenby (Dinbych-y-Pysgod or ‘Little Town of the fishes’ in English). My love for this little place grows with each visit, so here’s a list of reasons why you should also take a trip here…

Tenby Headland park bench overlooking the sea

THE REJUVENATING SEA AIR

Pembrokeshire reaches out to thousands of miles of open Atlantic Ocean and Tenby’s headland is the perfect spot to soak up all that clear air heading inland.

Pembrokeshire CoastlineCod in batter and chips from D.Fecci & Sons in Tenby

THE FRESHEST FISH & CHIPS

In a town that has a long history with the fishing industry it’s essential to try a very British bag of fish and chips. You’re not short of options to sample the catch of the day – including D. Fecci & Sons on Lower Frog Street that also has a gluten-free menu.

Fish and chip takeaways in Tenby Fish and chip places in TenbyD. Fecci & Sons Chips and GravyTenby Beach

THE BREATH-TAKING BEACHES

The golden coastline is home to many of Britain’s best beaches – even the world – like Barafundle Bay. I love visiting Tenby’s Castle beach (named 2019’s Beach of the Year by The Sunday Times) and watch the advancing tide consume St. Catherine’s Island.

Tenby Castle Beach and the Fortress Remains on St Catherine's Island Lydstep pebble beach looking over to Caldey IslandTenby Headland with statue and canon

THE HISTORICAL SITES

Tenby is home to Wales’ oldest independent museum, a 500 year old Tudor House, castle ruins and some well preserved Victorian architecture. The pretty town centre is a colourful mix of gift shops and ice-cream parlours.

Tenby High Street with Ice-Cream Parlours and Sandwich ShopsColourful sea view Victorian Hotels and B&Bs in Tenby Tenby Five Arches Fortress and High Street

Tenby is also an ideal base to visit some of Wales’ finest castles in places like Pembroke and Kidwelly. It’s also near St. David’s, Britain’s smallest city, where you can explore the cathedral.

Folly Farm in West Wales

THE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS FOR FAMILIES

A great reason to stay and play in Tenby with the family is the variety of local attractions on your doorstep such as Heatherton World of Adventure and Folly Farm. There’s also fun to be had at Manor House Wildlife ParkOakwood Theme Park and Bluestone Holiday Resort.

Blue Lagoon Waterpark in Bluestone Blue Lagoon Waterpark with Oakwood Theme Park

For those who love long walks and bicycle rides, you’re spoilt for choice in Pembrokeshire with nearly 300 kilometres of nature trails along the coastline.

Nature trails at Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire Welsh daffodils, a symbol of WalesTenby beach with palm trees and St Cathrine's Island

AN OVERSEA ESCAPE, THAT’S NOT OVERSEAS

For us Brits it’s tempting to book a flight to Spain to soak up the rays on the Costa del Sol – but if you visit Tenby on a clear summer’s day you’d think you were already there! You only have to drive to the end of the M4 to be within an hour’s reach of this dreamy destination and 2 hours from The Prince of Wales bridge – the gateway to South Wales. Tenby is typically quieter in the spring or early autumn before the peak season rush.

Colourful houses along Tenby HarbourColourful houses in Tenby

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