Tenby Travel Guide
Despite its relatively remote location, Tenby is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Wales, filling with tourists from all over the UK during the summer months. Located about 92 miles (148km) west of Cardiff, this small city exudes medieval charm and offers cultural attractions beyond the lure of its two and a half miles (4km) of beach.
Tenby has a number of nicknames: 'Little England Beyond Wales'; 'The Jewel in Pembrokeshire's Crown'; and 'Little Town of Fishes', which comes from its Welsh name, Dinbych-Y-Pysgod. The town came to prominence in medieval times as a port city, and in the Georgian and Victorian eras as a health resort and centre of scientific study.
Local sandy beaches are surrounded with excellent facilities, including wide promenades, children's play areas, and plenty of variety in food and drink. The city itself has more than 20 licensed pubs, and a number of good restaurants and shops.
There are also a number of historical sites, with buildings dating back hundreds of years. The Merchant's House showcases Tudor style through beautifully painted walls and furniture, and the city walls are another major attraction, displaying impressive architecture and engineering from the 15th century.
The main historical sight of Tenby is the ruined castle, which was built by the Normans in the 13th century, and the museum and art gallery that have been installed there. Caldy Island is another fascinating site that lies in the bay, roughly two miles (3km) from Tenby. Visitors will find an ancient Benedictine monastic cell, and the current Cistercian abbey holds relics dating back to the 6th century.