Tenby Town: Tenby Visitor Guide
Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Many of the hotels in Tenby overlook some of Pembrokeshire's beautiful beaches and the town itself is home to many restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs all linked by cobbled streets.
Tenby's hilltop position led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold, which was replaced in medieval times by a Norman Castle and walled town. Part of the town walls survive to this day and are an attractive feature at the entrance to the old town
Tenby Town: Little England
Until quite recently Tenby was known as "Little England beyond Wales" and the town remains a rather anglicised part of Wales.
From the early 19th century, Tenby became a fashionable holiday destination for both the Welsh and the English, and its attractions to the holidaymaker are just as obvious today, with the fantastic beaches stretching to the north, the west, and the south of the town.
Tenby Bay: The Beach and Town Walks
Walk along Tenby’s South Beach toward Giltar Point and the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for fantastic views of Caldey Island.
Stroll the narrow cobbled streets of Tenby itself or sit in one of the many cafes and watch other visitors to the gift shops, restaurants and public houses.
Or wander along the harbour, where you can board one of the cruises to nearby Caldey Island.
Tenby can be a serene, attractive destination with an olde worlde seaside charm. As you spend time by the beach you'll find you are quite spoilt for choice here.
With its sandy beches suitable for sandcastles, Tenby is perfect for both young and old, with or without children. Clearly something for everyone to enjoy.
Also the multi storey park is within easy walk of the town, so don't bother trying to park on the narrow streets - they are really pedestrian-only streets anyway.
I know parking in a mult-storey is a bore for those of us who often find the multi-storey is some distance from where we want to go, but in Tenby I did not mind at all as it was so close to the town's streets and beach as not to matter. Also I saw some people trying to park in the narrow streets and they just got themselves stuck.
Tenby Bay: The Beaches of Tenby
In recent years, Tenby has been awarded many Blue Flag awards in recognition of its clean beaches and water.
There are actually several beaches, so to see them all, follow the link to Beaches of Tenby.
In 2011, the North Beach, the Castle Beach and the South Beach all received a Blue Flag Award and Pembrokeshire's beaches received a total of 13 Blue Flag awards, supporting the view that the area is one of the cleanest holiday destinations not just in Wales, but the entire UK.
As Pembrokeshire's main holiday resort, Tenby is proud of its a high standard of beaches, offering plenty of facilities and boasting various environmental awards.
Tenby Bay and Beaches: Castle Beach
Castle Beach lies in the small cove between Castle Hill and the East Cliff.
At low tide it is possible to walk out to St. Catherine's Island and to explore the many rock pools around the cliffs. This is a beach awarded both the Blue Flag (2012) and the Seaside award.
The "excellent" water quality makes this a great beach for swimming, canoeing and even surfing when the waves are up or just relaxing while the kids have fun!
Access to Castle Beach is via the slipway from the top of the harbour and is a short walk from the centre of town. Alongside the slipway can be found a café, hire facility, deck chair rental and toilets. A variety of boat trips run from the beach at low tide. The beach is patrolled by a Lifeguard (10am-6pm) during the summer season only.
Between 1st May to 30th September, dogs should be kept on a lead while on Castle Beach.
Tenby Bay and Beaches: South Beach
The South Beach is two miles of golden sand, stretching from St Catherine's Island to Giltar Point.
The beach is backed by sand dunes leading to the the oldest established golf course in Wales and looks out toward Caldey Island. The South Beach has won a Tidy Britain Group Seaside Award as well as the well respected Blue Flag (2012).
At the north end of the beach can be found hire facilities, toilets (with disabled access) and a car park (again, perfect for disabled access straight on to the beach and reasonably priced at £2 a day in April - September).
If you have a dog then this is the beach for you - between the period 1st May to 30th September dogs should be kept on a lead on the area of the South Beach nearest the town, however no restrictions apply on the majority of the South Beach so your dog can enjoy running up and down freely.
Dogs and humans alike can take a long stretch from end to end of the bay and really enjoy the freedom of this fantastic beach!
Tenby Town: Tourist Information Centre
Tenby's popularity began over two hundred years ago, when the attractions of the sea began to compete with the fashionable inland spas. The ancient houses, which had fallen into ruin, were rebuilt in Regency and early Victorian styles and the streets and alleyways within the twelfth century walls turned into a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
With four beaches, regular festivals, thriving nightlife, Stone Age caves and tombs, Iron Age forts, Norman castles and much more it could take a lifetime to discover Tenby, so check out the Information Centre to be sure not to miss anything you might want to see.
Go to Upper Park Road (next to the multi-story car park) to visit the Visitors Centre.
Opening Times: Summer: Easter until October, Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm , Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Winter: November until end of March, Mon - Sat - 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sundays - Closed, Tenby Information Centre, Unit 2, Upper Park Road, Tenby, SA70 7LT, Tel: (01834) 842402, Fax: (01834) 845439, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenby: Dog Friendly Pubs in Tenby
There are many dog-friendly pubs in Tenby where you can enjoy both food and drink with your dogs. The above link goes to a page with individual links to each of the dog friendly pubs inthe area.
The Crown Inn is within the town walls (Lower Frog Street) near the centre of town but in a quiet back street offering food seven days a week as well as real ales. Live music is also played on Friday and Saturday night from 8.30pm.
The Twisted Shamrock is a lively Irish pub within the town walls allowing dogs inside (no beer garden).
The Bush Inn is a beer only traditional pub popular with locals - not really a family pub but allows well behaved dogs.
The Evergreen in just outside of town down at the bottom of St John's Hill and allows dogs both inside and out.
Certain pubs allow dogs in the beer garden only which include the Buccaneer (they have a covered area for poor weather and offer good-value food just in the town square), Tenby House (again, a covered outside area where you can also enjoy food and right in Tudor Square), the Lifeboat Tavern (right in the square) and finally the Coach & Horses in Upper Frog Street.
The Hope & Anchor is near the harbour with a front facing beer garden where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying your dinner. There is an upstairs family room where dogs are allowed if the weather is poor.
The Normandie (Upper Frog St within town walls) allows dogs in their lower bar as well as the beer garden and offers good food.
Tenby: Dog Walks in Pembrokeshire
If you like interesting and varied dog walks then Pembrokeshire is a fantastic location.
For a comprehensive guide to dog friendly beaches and walks go to dogrover.co.uk where you can find all you need to know about the facilities and parking.
Also check out Pembrokeshire Paw Prints Dog Walking Group - a Pembrokeshire group for dogs and their owners!
Tenby Town: Things to do in Tenby
Lots of links on the above to things to do in Tenby.
Tenby is probably the prettiest seaside town in Wales, rivalling places like Mevagissey and Polperro for quaintness and charm.
The original town of Tenby, called Dinbych y Pysgod in Welsh meaning "little town of fishes", was established by The Normans as a fortified town.
Most of the old town walls remain, enclosing the medieval town behind them. The castle that defended Tenby was built on Castle Hill but only the keep tower remains.
Tenby Town: Virtual Tenby
See loads more pictures, information and even a live web cam on Tenby on the link to 'Virtual Tenby' above.
Here is everything you need to know about the town of Tenby. If you are visiting the town for holidays or even for just a few hours this website will help you find activities, restaurants, shopping and more about Pembrokeshire and West Wales.
Tenby is an exceptionally busy UK holiday resort in the summer. The relatively unspoilt beaches and historic town walls make it a notable seaside resort. Most shops, pubs and restaurants in Tenby are specifically marketed to tourists.
Above link takes you to a directory of things to do and activities in the town of Tenby.
Activities include: adventure days out, Tenby Museum, a working farm, coastal cruises and boat trips, canooeing, abseiling etc.
Some History of Tenby
With its strategic position on the far west coast of the British Isles, and having a natural sheltered harbour from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, Tenby was a natural settlement port.
The earliest reference to a settlement at Tenby is in Etmic Dinbych, a 9th Century poem, recorded in the 14th century Book of Taliesin. Back then Tenby was a hill fort.
After the Norman Conquest, the lands came under the control of the Earls of Pembroke, who strengthened the easy to defend but hard to attack hill fort on Castle Hill, building the first stone walled castle.
This enabled the town to grow as a seaport. The benefit of the additional defences was demonstrated when Tenby was attacked by Welsh forces in 1187 and again in 1260 by Llewelyn the Great.
The town walls were built by William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in the late 13th century.
It became a vibrant trading town, but suffered a decline after half the population was wiped out in the plague of 1650. The buildings were abandoned and fell into ruin. In the Victorian era the town was revived as a seaside resort, in part due to the Napoleonic wars, which prevented the wealthy from visiting the European spa towns, creating a need for some home-grown seaside holiday ventures.
Modern Tenby provides many attractions and activities for both local residents and out of season tourists.
The old town castle walls still survive, as does the Victorian architecture, which has been retained and maintained, in a pastel colour scheme, making the town more 'French Riviera' in feel.
The economy is still based around tourism, supported by the provision of a range of craft, art and local goods stores, and a thriving artist community.
Tenby Town: What's the weather like today?
Before you go to Tenby, why not check out the weather in Tenby?
Tenby seaside town is best visited in good weather so you can appreciate the sun, beach and the walks on foot around the town. So check out the weather before you go!
Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, meaning little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish) is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, on the west side of Carmarthen Bay.
Notable features of Tenby include 2.5 miles of sandy beaches, the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches Barbican Gatehouse, 15th century St. Mary's Church, and the Tudor Merchant's House (National Trust).
See also the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery and walk part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales' only coastal National Park.
Boats sail from Tenby's harbour to the offshore monastic Caldey Island, while St Catherine's Island is linked to the town at low tide.
|Index of Jack's Days Out & Grand Tours, within an hour of Castle|
|1||Elan Village Reservoirs Dog Walks|
|2||Llyn Brianne Reservoir Dog Walks|
|3||Talybont on Usk Reservoir - circular|
|4||Tenby Town & Beach; dog friendly |
|5||Talley Abbey; circular Hilly Forest|
|6||Laugharne Castle & Dylan Thomas|
|7||23 more Dog Friendly Attractions|