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…

THE REJUVENATING SEA AIR:

Tenby Headland park bench overlooking the sea

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

Pembrokeshire Coastline

THE FRESHEST FISH & CHIPS:

Cod in batter and chips from D.Fecci & Sons in Tenby

In a town that has a long history with the fishing industry it’s almost essential to eat a very British bag of chips with freshly caught cod in batter. There’s a variety of chip shops in the town where you can sample the local catch of the day like 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 Tenby

D. Fecci & Sons Chips and Gravy

THE BREATH-TAKING BEACHES:

Tenby Beach

The coastline here is laced with some of the best beaches in Britain (even the world) like Barafundle Bay. I loved dropping down onto Tenby Castle beach and watching the tide race in around the mysterious-looking fortress on St. Catherine’s Island.

Tenby Castle Beach and the Fortress Remains on St Catherine's Island

Lydstep pebble beach looking over to Caldey Island

Lydstep Pebble Beach and Caldey Island

Tenby Headland with canon

THE COUNTLESS HISTORICAL SITES:

Tenby Headland with statue and canon

Tenby is home to Wales’ oldest independent museum, a 500 year old Tudor House, castle ruins and some well preserved Victorian architecture. The town centre is a throwback to the old days with traditional gift shops and ice-cream parlours.

Tenby High Street with Ice-Cream Parlours and Sandwich Shops

Colourful 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. There’s also the impressive St. David’s Cathedral to behold in Britain’s smallest city.

THE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS FOR FAMILIES:Folly Farm in West Wales

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 behind

For those who love long walks and bicycle rides, you’d be spoilt for choice with nearly 300 kilometres of nature trails skirting the Pembrokeshire Coastline.

Nature trails at Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire

Welsh daffodils, a symbol of Wales

AN OVERSEA ESCAPE, THAT’S NOT OVERSEAS:

Tenby beach with palm trees and St Cathrine's Island

For us Brit’s it’s tempting to book a flight to Spain and soak up some early summer sunshine – but believe me if you visit Tenby during an upcoming dry spell you’d think you were already there!
With palm trees, colourful buildings and beer gardens, you only have to drive to the end of the M4 to be within an hour’s reach of this dreamy destination.

Colourful houses along Tenby Harbour

It’s around 2 hours from the Severn Bridge (the gateway to England) and worth visiting in the spring before the peak season rush. If you need any further persuading, here’s a short video of clips I edited together from my recent trip to Bluestone and Tenby:

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Colourful houses in Tenby

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