About this view
The seaside town of Tenby is one of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s best known locations. Tenby is renowned for the golden sands that surround the town, however the beautiful beaches only tell one part of the story.
Tenby boasts a rich architectural history, illustrated by the remains of the town walls originally built in the 1200s. The walls were strengthened twice in the centuries that followed, on one occasion to guard against the threat of attack by Spain.
The old West Gate known today as the ‘Five Arches’ is the only original town gate to survive, although it has been adapted several times since it was built and extra arches were added in the 19th Century to help accommodate the town’s traffic.
Opposite the Five Arches is the Tenby National Park Centre, which is home to a wealth of information and interpretation about the town and the National Park as a whole.
The centre also sells local publications and quality gifts, houses a family friendly interactive exhibition and takes bookings for National Park events.
An annual Boxing Day swim takes place in Tenby, raising money for various charities chosen by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, which organises the event.
Other architectural highlights in Tenby include the 15th Century St Mary’s Church and the Tudor Merchants House, which is run as a visitor attraction by the National Trust.
The town is also well known for its pastel-coloured Georgian and Victorian townhouses, which provide an eye-catching backdrop to the North Beach and harbour.
Tenby offers great views out to Caldey Island and a short boat trip will enable you to visit the monastic island, which has been home to various orders of monks since the 6th Century.
The current inhabitants are Cistercian monks, who farm the island and make and sell a range of products.
Caldey boasts a number of historic religious buildings built by its inhabitants, but is also a haven for wildlife. A new coastal footpath, sign-posted with assistance from the National Park Authority, was opened in 2013 providing the opportunity to explore more of the island’s coast.
How to get there
As one of Pembrokeshire’s most popular locations, Tenby can be extremely busy during the summer and there are traffic restrictions in place during the summer season.
As a result, we recommend taking a bus as the best way to get around. Service bus Tenby 349/359/350/351/352/353/360/361/381/333/390. Tenby also has a railway station.
Visit Pembrokeshire Greenways for timetables and more information about Coastal Buses.
For further information see the timetables on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info.