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Coordinates: 51°40′28″N 4°42′16″W / 51.6745°N 4.7044°W / 51.6745; -4.7044

Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod
A view towards Tenby Harbour and old town
Tenby is located in Wales2

 Tenby shown within Wales
Population 4,933 (2001 census)
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TENBY
Postcode district SA70
Dialling code 01834
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
List of places: UK • Wales • Pembrokeshire

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, lying on Carmarthen Bay.

Notable features of Tenby include two and half miles (4km) of sandy beaches; the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse ; 15th-century St. Mary's church; the Tudor Merchant's House (National Trust); a museum with art gallery; and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, part of Britain's 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. The town is served by Tenby railway station.



The earliest reference to a settlement at Tenby is in Etmic Dinbych, a poem probably of ninth-century date, preserved in the fourteenth century Book of Taliesin. At this point the settlement was likely a hill fort, the mercantile nature of the settlement possibly developing under Hiberno-Norse influence. The town grew as a seaport around the now-ruined Tenby Castle. The town was attacked by Welsh forces in 1187 and again in 1260 by Llewelyn the Great[1]. The town walls were built by William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in the late 13th century. In late medieval times, Tenby's importance grew as a sheltered seaport and in 1566 Portuguese seamen landed the first oranges to be brought to Wales at Tenby harbour.

In the Civil War, the town declared for Parliament and resisted two attempts by Sir Charles Gerard to capture it for the King. In 1648, the Royalists captured the castle for 10 weeks before surrendering to Colonel Horton[2].

In the Georgian and Victorian eras Tenby was renowned as a health resort and centre for botanical and geological study[3], with many features of the town being constructed to provide areas for healthy seaside walks. Due to the walkways being built to accommodate Victorian nannies pushing prams, many of the beaches still retain good disabled access. The Palmerstone fort on St Catherine's Island was begun in 1867 and completed in 1880[4].

Notable residents


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.


Tenby is home to Tenby United RFC, a rugby union club which has existed in the town in one form or another since 1876 and is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union. Tenby is also home to the Tenby Aces Cycling Club, who have expanded quickly to become the largest club in South Pembrokeshire.

Tenby is home to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Neil Hill, who is a bodybuilding trainer and guru, who is currently signed by Gaspari Nutrition as their head trainer and nutritionist.


Panorama of Tenby

Picture taken: August 2008.


See also


External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Tenby Harbor
Tenby Harbor

Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, "little town of fishes") [1] is a beautiful walled town in South Wales that spills out pastel colored buildings along cliffs and around sandy bays. Tenby is one of Wales' premier tourist spots, and is located on the south Pembrokeshire coast, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Swansea.


The town of Tenby dates back to the Norman conquest, and the town walls were constructed in 1093 in order to defend it from the Welsh. Due to its somewhat remote location, however, the town and its quaint cobble streets and sandy beaches remained off the tourist trail until the Victorian era. Then, with the influx of wealthy merchant families from Swansea, Cardiff and further afield, Tenby was suddenly in a vogue, and the town's appeal as a picturesque spa has remained ever since. Although, Tenby is one of Wales' most popular holiday destinations, it has resisted over commercialization and remains a very elegant and pleasant family holiday venue..

Cars are banned from the historic centre of the town during the summer months, which adds greatly to the appeal of the town as a place to relax and unwind.

Get in

By train

Tenby is connected by local rail line to Swansea, Cardiff and Pembroke Dock. During the weekends in the summer there are a limited number of services to and from London Paddington.

By bus

Regular service from Swansea. Infrequent National Express service from London and Birmingham

By road

M4 to end (near Swansea), A48 to Carmarthen, A40 to St Clairs, A477 to Kilgetty, A478 to Tenby.

Get around

The small town can be covered on foot.

  • Narrow cobbled streets packed with quaint shops and cafes.
  • Caldey Island, [2]. A Cistercian Monastery located on an island just off Tenby's coast. At low tide, ferries leave from Tenby Castle Beach and at high tide from Tenby Harhour. Fare: £10 (£5 for children)
  • Tudor Merchant's House, Quay Hill, Tel:+44 1834 842-279. [3] A 15th century town house open to the public. Open April 1 to September 30, M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12noon - 3PM.
  • Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, [4] Tel:+44 1834 842-809.
  • Walking. There are some great walking trails in and around Tenby. The coastal path (part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) goes through Tenby and is well signposted. Walk to Saundersfoot along the coast (4.5 miles/7km) and get the bus back or do a short circular walk at Manorbier a few miles along the coast.
  • Swimming. Tenby has some beautiful beaches, which are ideal for swimming and spending a traditional family day at the sea-side.
  • Take a leisurely rickshaw or horse and cart tour around the town centre.
  • The Tenby Arts Festival is held in mid September.
  • Tenby Cycles, The Norton, Tel:+44 1834 845-573. E-mail: info@tenbycycles.co.uk, [5]. Bikes for hire.
  • Activity Weekends, Tel:44 7977 543-396. E-mail: bookings@tenbyweekends.co.uk, TenbyWeekends. Activity Weekends offers a wide range of activities, from paintballing to surfing.
  • Boat trips, Harbour (Tickets from kiosk at top of Tenby harbour). Boat trips to Caldey Island or wildlife cruises to see seals and sometimes dolphins in the bay or around the island  edit
  • Tenby has many interesting shops tucked away in the alleys. Explore!
  • The Caldy Island gift shop at the top of Quay Hill has some unusual hand made gifts. Try the chocolate. It's delicious!


As a major tourist centre, Tenby is certainly not lacking in cafes and restaurants. Below are a few recommendations:

  • Plantagenet House, Quay Hill - located in an historic stone building, the cafe-cum-restaurant oozes with charm - good and reasonably priced meals - wood burning stove in winter.
  • 25 Cafe, 25 High Street - simple, but freshly made meals.
  • Fecci & Sons Ice Cream Parlour, Upper Frog Street. Award winning ice cream.



There are a large number of pubs to be found in Tenby, many offering food during the day in a family friendly environment.

  • Caffe Vista, 3 Crackwell Street. Overlooking the harbour and North Beach, in a Georgian building. Great views, outstanding coffee, cakes, good breakfasts and Greek food.  edit
  • 25 Cafe, 25 High Street.
  • Youth Hostel: The nearest hostel to Tenby is located at Manorbier: Tel:+44 1834 871-10, e-mail: manorbier@yha.org.uk.
  • B&Bs: Tenby has a great variety of accommodation, and B&Bs are plentiful. However, advance reservations are recommended during the summer months.
  • Driftwood Tenby (http://driftwoodtenby.co.uk), 5 Fir Grove Begelly, 01646 672509, [6]. checkin: sat3pm; checkout: sat10am. Newly renovated self catering holiday home sleeps 6, ideally located for visiting all of the major attractions in Pembrokeshire area. Property is within walking distance of a local pub and mini-market and 500metres from Folly Farm. £300-£550pw.  edit
  • East Jordeston Cottages, St. Florence, nr Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 871-627, [7].
  • Hungerford Farm Touring Caravan Park, Loveston, nr Kilgetty, nr Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 891-463, [8].
  • Kiln Park Caravan Park, Marsh Road. Tel:+44 1834 844-121, [9].
  • Lydstep Beach Caravan Park, Lydstep Haven. Tel:+44 870 405-0148, [10].
  • Whitewell Holiday Park, Lydstep Beach. Tel:+44 1834 871-569, [11].
  • Celtic Haven Cottages, Lydstep, Tenby. Tel:+44 1834 870-000, [12].
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget below £60
Mid-range £60-100
Splurge £100+
  • Gumfreston Hotel, Culver Park. Tel:+44 1834 842-871,[13].
  • Osnok, 1 Southcliffe Street. Tel:+44 1834 843-189.
  • Sea Breezes Guest House, 18 the Norton. Tel:+44 1834 842-753, [14].
  • St Teresa’s Old Convent, South Parade, +44-1834-845514.  edit
  • St Teresa's Old convent Guesthouse (www.sainteresas.co.uk) South Parade. Tel:+44 1834 845-514, [15].
    email: info@saintteresas.co.uk

The Old Convent built in 1896 has now been renovated and transformed into a high standard guesthouse & restaurant. Located just opposite the famous five arches in Tenby, you have all the shops, pubs, and restaurants within a minutes walk. Prices range from £70-90 for a double room including breakfast.

  • Atlantic Hotel The Esplanade. Tel:+44 1834 842-881, [16].
  • Castle View Hotel The Norton. Tel:+44 1834 842-666, [17].
  • Clarence House Hotel, Esplanade, Tel:+44 1834 844-371, [18].
  • Fourcroft Hotel, North Beach. Tel:+44 1834 842-886, [19].
  • Giltar Hotel, The Esplanade. Tel:+44 1834 842-507, [20].
  • Park Hotel, North Cliff. Tel:+44 1834 842-480, [21].
  • Tenby House Hotel, Tudor Square. Tel:+44 1834 842-000, [22].
  • Heywood Mount Hotel, Heywood Lane. Tel:+44 1834 842-087, [23].
  • The area dialing code for Tenby is 01834. From overseas, dial +44 1834 XXXXXX
  • Pembroke - Pembroke Castle, medieval Norman castle, and birthplace of King Henry VII.
  • St Davids - The UK's smallest city - imposing cathedral.
  • Swansea - Wales' maritime city is around 80km from Tenby - wide range of cultural and leisure amenities.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

TENBY, a market town, seaside resort, a municipal and contributory parliamentary borough of Pembrokeshire, Wales, finely situated on a long narrow promontory of limestone rock washed on three sides by the sea on the west shore of Carmarthen Bay. Pop. (1901) 4400. Tenby is a station on the WhitlandPembroke Dock branch of the South Wales system of the Great Western railway. Its chief attractions as a watering-place are its picturesque appearance and surroundings, its extensive antiquarian remains, its mild climate and its two excellent beaches known as the North and South Sands. The ancient town walls survive almost intact on the north and west sides, and retain the fine St George's gateway, locally called the "Five Arches." These walls, which were largely rebuilt by Jasper Tudor, earl of Pembroke, during the Wars of the Roses, were again repaired under Elizabeth during the alarm of ,the Spanish invasion, as is shown by a contemporary tablet bearing the queen's cipher and the date 1588. The inconsiderable ruins of the castle, presenting a portion of the keep and outer walls, occupy a rocky peninsula to the S.E. of the town known as the Castle Hill, which also contains the Welsh national monument to Albert, prince consort, an immense statue and pedestal of white marble erected in 1865. Upon the Castle Hill is a small museum, containing some antiquities and good collections of the local flora and marine fauna, for which last Tenby has long been celebrated. Opposite the Castle Hill, about loo yds. distant, but only accessible to foot passengers at low tide, is St Catherine's Rock with a fort constructed in 1865. Facing the Esplanade and South Sands, about 22 m. from the shore, stretches Caldy Island, 1 m. in length and s rd m. in breadth, with a population of seventy persons and containing a ruined priory, which was a subsidiary house to St Dogmell's Abbey. To the west, between Caldy Island and Giltar Point on the mainland, lies St Margaret's Rock. The parish church of St Mary, situated at the northern end of Tudor Square, the principal open space in the town, is one of the largest churches in South Wales, and exhibits all varieties of architecture from the 12th to the 16th centuries. Its massive tower, crowned with a spire, is 152 ft. high, and forms a prominent object in all views of the town. The handsome interior is remarkably rich in early tombs and monuments, the most important of them being the elaborate altar-tomb of John and Thomas White (c. 1482), members of an opulent family of merchants long seated in Tenby. In the adjoining churchyard are some remains of the Carmelite friary founded by John de Swynemore in 1399. The harbour on the northern beach is protected by an ancient stone pier, and in 1895 an iron pier was erected below the Castle Hill for the convenience of the steamboats which ply between the town and Bristol, Ilfracombe, &c. The trade of Tenby is inconsiderable, but the fisheries, for which the place was noted at an early period and which gave it its Welsh name of Dinbych y Pysgod, are of great value.

The name of Tenby is undoubtedly a corrupted form of Daneby, recalling the Scandinavian origin of the place. The real importance of Tenby dates from the 12th century, when walls, castle and church were erected for the convenience of the Flemish colonists, who were then being planted in Dyfed. On more than one occasion the newly-founded town was captured, sacked and destroyed by marauding bands of Welshmen, notably in 1152; but on each occasion the place was rebuilt and refortified by the earls-palatine of Pembroke, who greatly favoured this important settlement. The first earl of Pembroke to grant a charter of incorporation was William de Valence, 9th earl (temp. Henry III.), and these privileges were extended by his successor, Earl Aylmer. Henry IV., by a charter obtained in 1402, vested the government of the town in a mayor and two bailiffs to be elected annually. Elizabeth in 1580 confirmed all previous charters and incorporated the freeholders under the designation of "the mayor, bailiffs and burgesses of the borough of Tenby." During the 15th century and under the Tudors the town grew extremely prosperous, and contained many wealthy mercantile families, of which that of White offers the most striking example. A member of this house, Thomas White, whilst mayor of Tenby, did signal service to the Lancastrian cause in 1471 by harbouring Jasper Tudor, earl of Pembroke, and his nephew Henry Tudor, earl of Richmond (afterwards King Henry VII.), prior to their escape to France. John Leland (c. 1540) described Tenby as being "very wealthy by merchandise," and noted its stone pier and well-built walls. The town suffered severely during the Civil Wars, undergoing two sieges, firstly in 1644 when the parliamentarian, Colonel Laugharne, took the place by storm, and secondly in 1648 when it capitulated to Colonel Horton. After the Restoration the importance and wealth of Tenby showed a constant tendency to decline, but towards the close of the 18th century it rose into great popularity as a watering-place, and it has since maintained its reputation as the most picturesque seaside resort of South Wales. Since 1536 Tenby has been a contributory borough to the Pembroke (now Pembroke and Haverfordwest) parliamentary district.

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