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In Welsh Tenby’s name is Dinbych-y-Pysgod, which translates to ‘little town of fishes’, which is a moniker as pretty as this pastel painted town, which sits atop a headland and spills down to two beautiful sandy beaches along the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast. Tenby is one of the best loved seaside resorts in Wales, there’s so much to appreciate, from the medieval town walls to the pedestrianised centre and the ice cream shops along the front.
What not to Miss
- Stroll the front and consider which ice cream flavours correspond with each of the pretty pastel houses. Stopping to admire the bright, white Georgian mansions too. The stroll back and look out onto the bay.
- For a longer jaunt consider walking a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast walk, which is well signposted - you could walk to Saundersfoot and get the bus back, maybe?
- Explore the medieval centre, which has the full compliment of cobbled streets, shops, galleries and boutiques, cafes, pubs and ice cream parlours, all constrained by the town’s Norman walls. Make time to visit St Mary’s Church too, this gracefully arched building was built in the 13th century and has some wonderful carved decorations, and a slightly frightening tomb topped with a cadaver.
- Get out onto the water and sail across to Caldey Island to meet the grey seals, seabirds and the local order of monks.
- Visit the Lifeboat Station and see when their last rescue took place - it’s probably more recently than you might imagine.
- Tenby also has a preserved Tudor Merchant’s house now operating as a museum.
The Best Places to Stay in Tenby
- Penally Abbey is a Victorian beauty turned 11 room, family-friendly boutique hotel. The views over the beach and the water are wonderful, and the rooms and suites have been recently refurbished in a classically luxurious style, taking advantage of plenty of original features. The restaurant is well-regarded too.
- The Broadmead is a 15 room, boutique B&B on the outskirts of town. Surrounded by pretty gardens and rural views, this is a charming spot from which to explore the region. The rooms have been individually styled, with nice original features and luxurious bathrooms.
- Close to the coast, Trefloyne Manor is a lovely, country hotel with 12 elegant rooms and beautiful views from private balconies. Here you’re well located for walking trails along the scenic Pembrokeshire coast. Rooms start from around £110 per night.
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- Pembrokeshire doesn’t have a big airport, it has a small one, Haverfordwest, which has very limited connections. So, if you’re flying you’re better off coming in to Cardiff Airport. Pembrokeshire doesn’t even have a motorway, and is served in a rather limited capacity by rail, with lines running to Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Fishguard. Tenby is connected by local rail to Swansea, Cardiff and Pembroke Dock, and in the summer months there are a few services from London, Paddington. You might consider arriving by ferry to, into Fishguard or Pembroke.
- If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
- Most visitors come to Pembrokeshire for the summer, which is sunnier and warm-ish, with temperatures in July and August hitting 19 or 20°C most days.
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Best Hotels in Tenby
The Broadmead 15 rooms from £110Tenby
A boutique B&B on the outskirts of pretty Tenby and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. Individually styled rooms are just the right balance of traditional and contemporary with feature wallpaper, indulgent bathrooms and exposed beams. A charming spot from which to explore the region.Local exploring - Perfectly located on the outskirts of Tenby to explore the historic town and enjoy the surrounding countryside.Great walks - Discover the magnificent bays and spectacular headlands of the only coastal National Park in Britain.Sights nearby - Pembrokeshire has six impressive castles to visit.Romantic - Good for couples.
Trefloyne Manor 12 rooms from £110Tenby
A lovely country hotel, set on the Pembrokeshire coast. The rooms are elegant and spacious with tasteful furnishings and excellent balcony views. In the summer, delicious home cooked food can be enjoyed on the veranda. Explore the beautiful surrounding National Park or go for a round of golf.Business meetings - With excellent conference facilities and a business centre, it's perfect for a business trip in the Welsh countryside.Country Escape - A cosy and enchanting spot from which to explore the south Pembrokeshire coast.Sights nearby - This is castle country with Tenby Castle, Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle all closeby.Great walks - Excellent walking in the surrounding Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Penally Abbey 11 rooms from £160Tenby (West Wales)
18th Century Victorian home turned family-friendly boutique hotel with glorious views over Tenby's South beach. Having undergone an extensive refurb, rooms and suites are beautiful; classic luxury and elegance with plenty of original features. Fine dining offers the best of local produce.Full of character - The property has many original features including hand carved fireplaces, gothic style windows and much moreLocal markets - Wander the medieval streets of Tenby and find hidden local treasures in antique and craft stores.Fishing - Book a sea fishing trip from one of the many boats in Tenby Harbour.Great walks - Discover the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path come rain or shine.Recommended by - Sawdays, Fodors