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A colourful harbour town sat atop a headland overlooking the sea and Caldey Island

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Pretty coloured houses surround Tenby harbour at low tide

As you explore Tenby’s cobbled streets and miles of sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why it’s been one of Wales' most popular resorts for decades.

Tenby is a pretty seaside town on the western side of Carmarthen Bay, on Wales’ Pembrokeshire coast. With miles of sandy beaches, magnificent 13th century town walls and a bustling town centre, it’s a delightful place to visit. Tenby’s narrow, cobbled streets are lined with interesting independent shops and an excellent variety of cafes and restaurants.

The town’s dramatic position on top of a hill led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold until a castle and walled town were built in medieval times. Sections of the wall still stand today, creating a striking first impression for visitors. With beaches on the north, south and west sides of town, you’re never far from the sea in Tenby. You can walk along the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastal path, take a boat trip to nearby Caldey Island or find a quiet stretch of sand to lay down a towel and catch some sun.

The town’s dramatic position on top of a hill led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold until a castle and walled town were built in medieval times. Sections of the wall still stand today, creating a striking first impression for visitors.

With beaches on the north, south and west sides of town, you’re never far from the sea in Tenby. You can walk along the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastal path, take a boat trip to nearby Caldey Island or find a quiet stretch of sand to lay down a towel and catch some sun.

A seal basking on a cliff on Caldey Island

One of the town’s most popular attractions is Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, the oldest independent museum in Wales. Here, you’ll find an intriguing collection of maritime artefacts and geology and archaeology exhibits, and regular exhibitions of work by some of the country’s most exciting artists.

Also well worth a visit is Gift of Glass, where you can watch a glass blower demonstrating his craft and pick up a unique piece of glassware to take home.

Tenby Boat Trips is one of a number of companies which offer trips to the hidden bays of Caldey Island, where you can spot seals, puffins and gannets.

There are some great cafes, restaurants and pubs in Tenby, many of which serve fresh, locally caught seafood. The Baytree is a modern restaurant on Tudor Square, where you can choose from a menu of classic British dishes, have a drink on the terrace and watch live music on the weekend.

“As you explore Tenby’s cobbled streets and miles of sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why it’s been one of Wales’ most popular resorts for decades.”

Another good option is The Mooring, a café and restaurant on the High Street which serves good coffee, full English breakfast and a selection of tasty evening meals. Bali Hali is one of the town’s most popular cafes, where you can expect generously portioned sandwiches at very reasonable prices. If you’re after a delicious evening meal in an atmospheric restaurant, look no further than the Blue Ball, where the chef takes pride in creating innovative dishes using the finest local, seasonal ingredients.

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