The beautiful harbour of Tenby with colourful houses

Tenby is a pretty seaside town situated in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Here’s 6 reasons why you should visit Tenby…

Tenby Headland park bench overlooking the sea

In Welsh, Tenby is called ‘Dinbych-y-Pysgod’ which roughly translates to ‘Little Town of the fishes’.

1. THE FRESH 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

2. THE FISH & CHIPS

In a town that has a long history with the fishing industry it’s essential to try a traditional bag of fish and chips. You’re not short of options to sample the catch of the day when you visit Tenby, such as the award winning D. Fecci & Sons on Lower Frog Street.

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

3. THE BREATH-TAKING BEACHES

The golden sands near Tenby make up some of the best beaches in Britain like Barafundle Bay. Tenby beach was named Beach of the Year by The Sunday Times in 2019, it’s a beautiful stretch of coastline overlooked by St. Catherine’s Island.

Related: The pretty Italian-style village of Portmeirion, North Wales

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

4. THE LOCAL HISTORY

Tenby has the oldest independent museum in Wales, a 500 year old Tudor House, castle ruins and Victorian and 20th century architecture that house retro sweet 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 the epic castles Wales is known for, like Pembroke Castle. Around one hour away by road is St. David’s, Britain’s smallest city with a remarkable cathedral.

Related: 8 pretty coastal towns to visit in Wales

Folly Farm in West Wales

5. THE NEARBY ATTRACTIONS FOR FAMILIES

A great reason to holiday in Tenby with family is the variety of local attractions nearby, 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 (#Ad).

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

Tenby is close to Pembrokeshire National Park with 300km of nature trails to explore, as well as being on the Wales Coast Path that encompasses the entire coastline of Wales.

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

6. IT’S LIKE BEING ABROAD

British citizens may be tempted to book a flight to Spain to soak up the sun on the Costa del Sol, but if you visit Tenby on a clear summers day you’d think you were already there. You only have to drive to the end of the M4 (that starts in London) to be within an hour of Tenby. If you visit outside of the summer season you may not get hot sunshine, but you’ll avoid the peak season crowds.

Colourful houses along Tenby HarbourColourful houses in Tenby

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