Our guide to the beaches of Tenby, one of the finest holiday destinations in the UK
Spending some time relaxing while you’re away is always a must, even if just for half an hour! After all, that’s why the majority of people get away…relaxation! So what better way to kick back and relax, than on one of Tenby's four beautiful, soft sandy beaches; North Beach, South Beach, Harbour Beach and Castle Beach, all of which boast blue flag awards! Making Tenby one of the cleanest holiday destinations in Wales and the UK!
Located between Harbour Beach and the north cliffs, North beach is superb if you’re looking for an easily accessible place to relax with golden sand and excellent water quality. Known for its statement rock in the centre (Goscar Rock) it is one of the most pictured places in Wales. If you're looking to do a bit of rock pooling with the kids, North Beach is where you want to head to, with its occasional pools dotted around the pristine sand.
A promenade and Tenby town itself overlooks the golden stretch of sand, offering a variety of facilities close by, that, and the ease of access down onto the beach, make it extremely popular in the summer for families. Within the summer months, a lifeguard operates daily during peak times, however during these months, there are also dog restrictions in place on the beach from May to September, banning your furry friend from joining you.
If you come early July, Tenby plays host to The Long Course Weekend, this unique triathlon event lasts three days, accommodating some of the best triathlon talent in the UK and the world, including a number of IRONMAN UK athletes, serving as the perfect preparation and build up to the IRONMAN Wales event in September.
To kick-off the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course Weekend athletes have The Wales Swim to complete – a 2.4-mile swim that takes place on Tenby’s North Beach, the atmosphere is electric and hundreds of people turn up to watch the fantastic event! To find out more, or to enter, visit The Long Course Weekend website, why just watch when you can take part!
Less commercialised than North Beach, however still has a variety of facilities that are close by, including toilets with disabled access and water-sports hire, there is also an ice cream van that parks on the beach in the summer months. South Beach is a 1.5-mile long golden shoreline, that is backed by sand dunes, it truly is a beach playground. With the vast amount sand, even in the busy summer months you certainly won't feel like you're on a busy packed beach!
If you come mid-June, Tenby's street food festival is held in the south beach car park. Live music, with freshly made street food, from a wide variety of different cuisines, on the beach? What more could you ask for!
One of the smallest beaches in Tenby, yet just as picturesque. Harbour Beach is perfect for those who have young children. Close to the town’s centre, this sheltered beach provides easy access and is great for those who have an interest in boats. Home to the sailing club and Fisherman’s Chapel, Boat trips run the harbour to Caldey island at high tide.
At low tide castle beach and south beach, seem to blend into one, allowing you to walk the full stretch across the soft sand. Castle beach is located between Castle Hill and the East Cliff and is accessible down a slip path, which has cafe’s and shops, as well as water-sports hire and deck chair rentals. This beach is great for young families!