The picturesque walled town of Tenby is the perfect location for your next holiday in Pembrokeshire! With four beautiful beaches which can rival any others in the world, it's a must visit destination for those wanting to top up their tan or practice their sandcastle building skills.
Three of the four beaches in Tenby are Blue Flag holders (North, South and Castle Beach), meaning they're internationally recognised for their cleanliness, safety and nearby amenities; and whilst Tenby's Harbour beach wasn't awarded a Blue Flag, it was voted the best beach in Europe in 2014! Beating off competition from Portugal, Spain and other popular locations.
The town itself is steeped in history, with the old town castle walls dating back to the 13th century still surviving today, including the Five Arches which serve as an entrance to the town and over 200 listed buildings. Strolling through the old cobbled streets will allow you to find Tenby's Tudor Merchant House and travel back in time to see how Tenby town was in Tudor Times.
With over two and a half miles of stunning beaches and coastline, Tenby has easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path that offer fantastic views of the must see is Caldey Island. An idyllic island set just of the coast of Tenby that's accessed via passenger boat from Easter to October, where you can explore its sandy beaches and experience a completely different day out amongst a community of Cistercian monks who run the island farm and gardens.
Throughout the summer months, Tenby's town centre operates a Traffic & Pedestrianisation scheme, from 11am to 5pm each day the town becomes a bustling location which restricts access to the town centre to pedestrians only. Local cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops all take advantage of this scheme allowing you to sample fresh local food and drink whilst relaxing outside in the sun.
For those wanting more than to just relax on holiday, Tenby has two local golf courses (Tenby Golf Club and Trefloyne Golf Course) and easy access to many local attractions including Oakwood Theme Park, Folly Farm and many more great things to do!
Babi-Beau offers the opportunity to create a huge variety of arts and crafts for all occasions, including jewellery making, t-shirt printing, woodwork, glass painting, sewing, mask-making, fabric painting and much more. Themed events, children’s parties, after school craft club and adult workshops are also on offer. Clothing printing services for individuals and groups, including printing children’s own designs and drawings onto t-shirts and sweatshirts, - great for present ideas!
Hot and cold beverages and a wide selection of cakes and snacks are available to enjoy whilst creating your masterpieces.
Set in the heart of Tenby is a new boutique bar/restaurant. Formally the Old British Legion club, the Billycan has kept a couple of the old features and furniture and was named from people popping billycans on the stove and all congregate around it for a drink during the war. They serving food and drinks and have a wide range of craft ales and lagers with an extensive wine list to suit all tastes.
Caldey Island is one of Britain's holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquillity and peace.
The monks and islanders of Caldey are pleased to welcome day-visitors to share the delights of their island home throughout the summer season.
You can explore the historic Old Priory and the medieval churches or join the free guided walk for a closer look at the island's heritage. You may like to drop in at the Video Centre to find out more about life in the Monastery. Visitors are also welcome to attend the one of the short chanted services in the Abbey Church, which form part of the daily prayer life of the monks.
A walk up to the Lighthouse opens up spectacular panoramic views of the Pembrokeshire Coast, Tenby and the Preseli Hills, the Gower Peninsula and Lundy Island.
In the village you can buy the perfumes, chocolate and shortbread made on the island. The Village Post Office is also a museum giving an interesting insight into Caldey's history. Postcards and special covers are franked with the Caldey Island handstamp.
A fleet of boats runs to the island from Tenby Harbour from Easter to October.
These boats, which are licensed and strictly supervised by the Marine Coastguard Agency, are owned by local boatmen, many of whom are members of the crew of the Tenby Lifeboat.
Please note: Crossing time is about 20 minutes and all trips are weather permitted.
Please Note: Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads at all times and you need cash for the boat trip across.
Award winning fish and chips from this well known local family established in 1935. Eat in or take away. Fecci's use only local fish as well as locally grown potatoes for their chips. D Fecci & Sons is also one of the few fish and chip shops to offer customers wheat-free fish, coated in a batter of ground rice and potato and fried in its own special fryer.
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is the BIG day out, whatever the weather. With a spectacular zoo, friendly farmyard, adventure play and an enormous indoor funfair there is so much to learn about and enjoy.
From farming fun in the Jolly Barn, where you can experience traditional farming methods first-hand, to learning about many exotic animals in Folly Farm's zoo, including endangered species from around the world.
Relive the fun of yesteryear in Folly Farm's amazing vintage funfair, the biggest undercover fairground in Europe!
Relax outside and watch the kids enjoy a high-seas adventure on the ships and other adventure play equipment or enjoy the indoors incredible â€˜Carousel Woods' â€“ Wales' biggest indoor adventure playground.
Opening times and ticket prices vary throughout the year. Current opening times and prices are valid up until mid February 2015.
Llewellyn's Gallery is a photographic gallery showcasing the work and fine art photographer Gary Llewellyn.
The Gallery is run by Gary himself with a little help from his father Ken, who both can offer a fascinating insight into his photographic world.
The gallery display framed, unframed and mounted Limited Edition prints, an exclusive selection of greetings cards and the very latest of Gary's work.
Framing service for all work purchased at the Gallery is also available.
As well as the many adventure activities at Heatherton, you'll also find an 18 Hole Adventure Golf Course with a Par 3 Pitch and Putt Course, a Driving Range and even an indoor bowls rink! The challenging 18 Hole Adventure Golf Course is set across 18 acres with various sand traps and lakes, and an impressive 300 yard Driving Range with twelve bays. There is even a Pirates of the Caribbean Crazy Golf if you want something for the little ones!
Buy a credit pass and incorporate the Adventure Golf into your exciting day out at Heatherton, or head here solely for an afternoon of golf in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside!
Please Note: The Driving Range is not included in the credit system.
Admission to the theme park is free, they operate a credit pass system or pay as you play. Get an adrenaline rush by going paintballing, zooming around on the Go Karts or reaching the skies in the Tree Tops Trail! Try your hand at baseball, archery and pistol shooting! Have some fun on the bumper boats, adventure golf and even walk on water! For the smaller children, there is an inflatable zone and indoor play area also!
Manor House Wildlife Park reopened in July 2008 after undergoing one of the biggest changes ever seen at the wildlife park which is one of Pembrokeshires oldest tourist attractions. At the beginning of 2008, Manor House Wildlife Park was bought by TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and since then Anna and her team have been working and continue to work tirelessly to improve Manor House Wildlife Park.
This wild Welsh zoo is set in 52 acres of protected Pembrokeshire parkland, which is a paradise for natural flora and fauna and the zoo has something for everyone - from the network of intimate tree-shaded walkways and wide open spaces for picnics and barbeques, it's a place for all the family to enjoy.
Manor House Wildlife Park is featured on television in ITV series called Anna's Welsh Zoo.
Manor House Wildlife Park has plenty of facilities including a Wildlife Trail which is fun for kids of all ages, indoor hay play, secure outdoor play area, a fun shop selling all kinds of funky gizmos and gadgets with an eco-friendly theme. There are many BBQ and picnic areas throughtout the Wildlife Park where you can enjoy your own packed lunch or there are food outlets selling locally sourced food.
Ocean Restaurant is situated overlooking Tenby’s picturesque harbour with magnificent sea views. They serve a variety of international cuisine, whilst still committed to using fresh and where possible locally sourced products. Great favourites are the owners home-made Italian pizzas and speciality pastas. Full menus are available to view on their website. A warm welcome is also extended to children with their own special menu
Plantagenet House is a quirky little restaurant situated in a small side street just off Tudor Square. Once a tearoom, this pub is now a candlelit restaurant with three different dining rooms. They make use of lots of local produce particularly fish with seafood dishes often featured on the menus. They offer light lunch menus as well as evening meals, a children's menu, a vegetarian menu.
Dogs are welcomed in the Quay Room.
Priory Bay beach is a gorgeous beach on Caldey Island. Access to the island is by boat from either Tenby Harbour or Castle beach depending on the tides. The boats run between Easter and the end of October - Monday to Friday and Saturday during June, July, August, however the island is closed on Sunday. Its is a wonderful beach for families with plenty of space to run around, build sand castles and the perfect spot for a picnic. Dogs are welcomed on the island but must be kept on leads at all times.
Established in 1989, Ritic Valley Quads can offer you one of the best Quad Biking Experiences in the UK.
They cater for all ages from 6 upwards and offer genuine Track and Trail riding. They use 12KM of groomed Trail routes on Suzuki LT-Z250 sports bikes and 2 huge flat tracks for wet or dry weather with 50/80/90/125cc Automatic bikes. Trail riding for all ages from 12+ and group discounts for all adult groups of 6 people or more.
Currently know as The Mews Surf Bar & Grill, the SandBar has been taken over by Tenby Brewing, serving craft beers, specialised real ales, including a number of real ales served straight from the cask. They also provide draught lagers,ciders,bitters and a complete spirits and wine selection, plus a number of soft drinks and cocktails, making sure every guest is catered for! The food menu has a street food feel offering tortillas, chilli, taco's, corn dogs, pulled pork and great selection of gourmet burgers.
The South Beach Bar and Grill overlooks one of Tenby's beautiful sandy beaches, with superb views of Caldey Island - definitely a place to go if you're wanting food with a view! Sit outside on sunny summers days, or head inside to keep warm on those cooler days. With a range of quality food, wines and daily specials, South Beach Bar and Grill also offers children's menus. If you simply fancy a coffee after a brisk stroll on the beach, visit the South Beach Shack!
Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area. In bad weather dogs are welcome inside, where they will section off part of the restaurant.
Parking is in the main beach car park, charges will apply.
Horse drawn carriage rides based in the town of Tenby providing guided tourist rides around the old historical town, informed guides bring the history of Tenby alive! A choice of guided tours in and outside the walls.
Please Note: They used a carriage suitable for all weathers.
Pick ups from all hotels on the Esplanade as well as outside Tudor Square.
Tenby Castle was originally built by the Normans in the 12th Century, of which only a small tower remains on the top of Castle Hill. The town walls however, which it is believed were built later on in the 13th Century, are impressively well preserved, with the east walls running complete to the Esplanade.
This is the oldest golf course in Wales, established in 1888; it is a fine traditional championship link course. It is still holding Welsh Amateur Championships and provides a good test of golf for every level of ability. The course runs alongside Tenby's South beach and due to its nature of drainage, it remains playable all year. The course layout maximizes all the natural features of this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire. This golf course welcomes visitors all year round, with a practise range, a relaxing clubhouse and electric buggies available.
The Tenby House Hotel is situated in the centre of Tenby just on Tudor Square, within walking distance of Tenby's sandy beaches. Pop in for a cold pint on a sunny day or sample a bite to eat from their menu of freshly prepared meals. Sit back and relax with Sky Sports, or soak up the sunshine in their beer garden!
Tenby Museum is in a superb location atop Castle Hill, overlooking Caldey Island and Carmarthen Bay. The museum itself is home to a number of displays and exhibits including a maritime display, a Roald Dahl exhibit and a WWI exhibition. A really popular attraction is The Story of Tenby gallery where you can learn all about the local history of the seaside town. There are interactive activities and audio visual displays to keep the little ones entertained during your visit. Also making home inside Tenby museum is a library and archive, both of which store information on local history and natural history as well as many items which link back to the area. Inside the Museum is two art galleries which host a programme of changing works and exhibitions. Pay a visit to the shop where you will be able to purchase unique gifts and prints. or enjoy a trip to the coffee shop for a refreshing hot drink with a beautiful view.
Tenby North Beach consists of a sweep of golden sand, with occasional rocks dotting the beach, including the prominent Goscar Rock. The harbour and castle are at the southern end of the beach which is well sheltered from the prevailing winds. North beach is very popular with families with plenty of space for beach games. Dog restrictions are put in place between 1st May and 30th September, banning dogs from North Beach.
Tenby Lifeboat Station is currently operated by the RNLI, and has two lifeboats - one a Tamar Class All Weather Lifeboat and another, a D Class Inshore Lifeboat. Tenby's Lifeboat Station is open to the public all year around, with a chance to take a look at the history of the station and the crews which worked there. You will also be able to spot the old lifeboat station (with the red roof) situated alongside the new - the old is not open to the public, however it is still interesting to view from the outside.
The mile long stretch of flat, golden sand that is Tenby South Beach is a firm favourite with holidaymakers. Plenty of space for a game of beach cricket or football as well as chasing a Frisbee! The beach is also popular with water sports enthusiasts as it is more exposed than Tenby North beach, it offers better surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing conditions. Dog restrictions apply below the cliffs, east of the beach car park, between the 1st May and 30th September.
A Traditional restaurant in the heart of Tenby's charming Tudor Square. They are open all year around, serving meals and drinks from 11am to 10.30pm in the summer months.
Their menu incorporates local produce wherever possible including fish caught just off Tenby's coast!
They cater for vegetarians and have a varied children's menu.
The Blue Ball is situated in the historic town of Tenby . The food is home cooked using impeccably sourced local ingredients.There is something on offer for everyone, with children's menus and vegetarian options available.
Please note: The Blue Ball only expect guide dogs.
The Dinosaur Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, is a fun day out for all the family. Follow the Dinosaur Trail around the park, which is a mile long route through the country and over broadwalks as you cross swamps and look out for some surprises from our prehistoric friends! With over 20 life-size dinosaurs for you to admire. After your journey around the park, why not explore in the undercover dinosaur skeleton building! There is interactive fun and education with all sorts of facts about dinosaurs from the displays. Everyone from toddlers to grannies will have something to learn and enjoy! Then, head out to the dinosaur golf and adventure playground, where there's lots to enjoy from feeding the goats to pedal trucking and take a trip on orbitor cars.
Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. The Moorings is a Cafe by day and a Restaurant by night. A beautifully decorated restaurant with a beach hut and seaside theme with a relaxed atmosphere. Homemade soups, cakes and dishes available and local sorted ingredient and produce used, fresh fish and specials available. They also can accommodate any specific dietary requirements or intolerances.
Situated right on the
award winning Castle Beach and are open all year round to the public. If new to
climbing they offer instructor led sessions both on the wall and out on some of
Pembrokeshire's beautiful coastal cliffs. It is great fun for kids (age 6+),
adults, and groups. They also do birthday climbing parties. Already
a competent climber, all you need to do is register and you can use
the walls on a pay as you go basis.
Hire. 1st item £2, then only £1 for additional items. Helmets are
FREE. Annual Membership also available.
Head to the Qube for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal! Open all day, this restaurant serves classic dishes as well as fine dining dishes, with a range of vegetarian and fish dishes making appearances on their specials board. The menu boasts local produce, and an extensive wine list. Take the children along between the hours of 5pm and 6pm where they can eat free, or pop in for Sunday lunch. They regularly put on Tapas Nights where you'll be able to hear live music.
The Salt Cellar is a new restaurant which opened its doors in Febuary 2016. Located on the lower ground floor of the Atlantic Hotel, perched on the cliff tops overlooking Tenby’s South Beach, just a stones throw from the town centre. A lovely Restaurant and bar with a stunning cliff top terrace. Owned and run by four good friends, who have a wealth of experience in high quality hotels and restaurant and have a Passionate about all things Pembrokeshire! Serving lunch, supper and Sunday lunches and has a great selection of wines by glass or the bottle. Please note: Parking is available on roads adjacent to The Esplanade, at The Five Arches car park and The Rectory car park, just a 2 minute walk from the restaurant.
Top Joe's is an award winning restaurant which specialise in making fresh handmade pizza's to eat in a relaxed and friendly surroundings or to take-away. Also sell local organic salad grown in Cardigan, warming soups, fresh cut sandwiches and home-made ice-cream and desserts.
A full menu is available via their website. Orders can be places over the telephone as well as online.
Be transported back in time at Tudor Merchant's House, a museum displaying a three storey house of a merchant in the year 1500. See the merchant's shop and working kitchen on the ground floor, with a living area on the first for the family., and sleeping chambers on the second. Braille guides are available.
Please note: There are no toilet facilities.