Because it has been largely untouched by modern developments, and overlooks fantastic sandy beaches, there is no question that Tenby is one of Britain's most pictorial seaside resorts. Often nicknamed the 'little fortress of the fish', this charismatic resort is known for its colourful cottages, and became a haven for many affluent holidaymakers by the Victorian period.
Probably the best way to enjoy the outstanding natural scenery here is to walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Giltar Point, the beaches, and Caldey Island.
St Catherine's Island
Adjacent to the pristine sands of Castle Beach, St Catherine's Island is only accessible at low tide and re-opened to the public in 2014. The island is known for its Palmerston Fort, which was built in the Victorian period and briefly contained a zoo until 1979.
The Tudor Merchant's House
Carefully restored, and now maintained by the National Trust, the Tudor Merchant's House is a fascinating three-storey stone building that was built near the turn of the 16th century and is now a Grade I listed landmark. The building, which is the oldest surviving house in the town, was once the home of a successful merchant who would have earned a generous living from Tenby's maritime trade in the 16th century.
Carew Castle, a very short drive from Tenby
Managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park authority, Carew Castle is still owned by the Carew family, and has stood for well over 700 years. The site was originally a Norman defence, although it was remodelled on several occasions, most notably during the English Civil War, when the Royalists built new earthworks to defend it from the Parliamentarians.
Nearby: the Oakwood Theme Park
Marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, the Oakwood Theme Park in Narberth is one of the leading family theme parks in Wales, and features around 30 themed attractions. One of the most formidable rides is the Megafobia wooden roller coaster, which will certainly appeal to people who like an adrenaline rush, although it is not for the faint-hearted.
Accommodation in Tenby – recommendations
For an affordable, immaculately presented venue, you can book a room at the Premier Inn Tenby Town Centre, or consider the friendly, boutique Farnham Hotel, another very affordable choice. Meanwhile, the elegant Penally Abbey Hotel, the exquisite Park Hotel Tenby, and the stylish, value-for-money Southcliff Hotel are just a few other reputed Tenby hotels you might want to consider.
Treat yourself to some delightful European-themed dishes at the Blue Ball Restaurant, or try the Heywood Brasserie for other superb British, European and international dishes. The Mooring restaurant also specialises in other tantalising British recipes, while the Boutique Bar and Bistro offers other mouthwatering British, French, Italian and Spanish-inspired dishes to satisfy all appetites.
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