Historic Tenby

Tenby is a pretty harbour town in southwest Wales. It’s known for its sturdy 13th-century town walls and its many stretches of sandy shoreline, including Castle Beach. The ruins of Tenby Castle are on a headland overlooking the harbour. The castle was built by The Normans in the 12th century then briefly captured by the Welsh in 1153. Tenby was also attacked in 1187 and again in 1260, when Llewellyn the Last, sacked the town during his campaigns. Tenby Castle was further improved during the 13th Century and early 14th. A moat was added in the 1400’s. Most of the town walls were built in the 13th century, encircling a maze of tiny streets that make up the picturesque old town.

Shopping and eating in Tenby

Its just a short walk from our guest house to Tenby old town, where you will discover a maze of narrow streets, encircled by the 13th Century walls. The roads are pedestrianised during the day in summer when the bars and restaurants set up al fresco seating. There are plenty of fascinating and quirky independent shops.
There are plenty of independent shops and eateries in the town specialising in locally produced crafts and foods. A myriad of attractions await, such as boat trips, wildlife parks, golf and plenty of walks within the surrounding areas, across the many beautiful beaches and the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
Tenby Holiday Accommodation

Staying in Tenby

Tenby is home to a multitude of hotels, cosy B&Bs, independent guest houses and self-catering apartments and properties. Of course we think Marlborough House B&B is one of the best places to stay, but we’re naturally biased. If you just need somewhere comfortable, clean and welcoming to rest you head after a day of walking, shopping, eating and possibly golfing, you won’t find better value anywhere.
Outside of town there are options of camping, glamping and luxurious spa hotels, as well as the nearby Bluestone holiday park The area is well served by caravan parks too. But for sheer convenience, (or if you don’t drive,) staying in town is easiest.

The famous Pubs of Tenby

Also within easy walking distance of Marlborough House B&B are the famous local pubs, many of which date back hundreds of years. Whether its Craft ales or Gourmet dining you seek, there’s a pub for every visitor. Many encourage dogs to drop in too, so there’s a even a welcome for Fido! Evenings see a decent variety of live music venue’s to add to the engaging entertainment mix, seek and ye shall find a sound to suit you.

Little Fortress of the Fish

Tenby’s Welsh name, Dinbych-y-Pysgod (Little Fortress of the Fish), will make perfect sense when you explore the dainty harbour beside Castle Hill, relax and unwind on the fantastic beach or simply sit and people watch. In the summer months, there's nothing better than sitting on the soft golden sand, Snuggled within the safety of the harbour walls and just a short walk from the main multi-storey car park in Tenby, this beach is ideal for young families. To head out to sea from Tenby Harbour on a mackerel fishing trip, just chat to one of the boat operators.

Iconic Tenby

Probably the most iconic and well-visited seaside town in Wales, Tenby has seen many changes through time, but it has been on the leisure map for over 200 years. Really opening up with the coming of the railways. Beginning its operations in 1863, much of Tenby's Grade II listed railway station still displays its original Victorian splendour. The cast-iron canopies look as good today as they did in 1871 when they were installed, and the much-prized Bath stone walls have survived the salty sea air. With all those years of experience, the people of Tenby certainly know how to offer each and every visitor an unforgettable time.

A town of many beaches

Castle Beach

A Sunday Times Beach of the Year, Castle Beach is the small but perfectly formed. Use the easy access slipway to get down to this Blue Flag beach, feel the soft sand beneath your toes and cool off with a paddle at the shallow shore. Especially popular with families, this lively little beach is an ideal place for playing with the kids - plus, there's great ice cream within easy reach!

North Beach

For those who prefer their beaches wide and with fantastic views out to the open sea, North Beach is well worth a visit. In addition to the beautiful sandy beach, there are stunning views from the cliff tops and the magnificent Goscar Rock sits in the sand (or the sea depending on the tide). If you want to get out in the water, other activities at this beach include body boarding, canoeing, sailing and waterskiing. Always check the weather and tidal conditions before heading out and follow safety information from the RNLI.

South Beach

Right on the doorstep of Marlborough House is South Beach, the most spacious of Tenby's beaches. During the colder months, the beach is opened up for dog walkers - and with the pastel coloured buildings as your backdrop and the sea ahead, this picturesque spot is the perfect place for those crisp winter walks.

Coastal Walks

Tenby has the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, right on the doorstep. One of the most enjoyable local routes takes you north to Saundersfoot, an up and down 4.5 mile stretch with fabulous views of Saundersfoot Bay from the headland at Monkstone Point.
Tenby Holiday Attractions

Visit Caldey Island

When you’ve had enough sand, just 20 minutes away by boat, the holy island of Caldey Island is an oasis of calm where you can watch seabirds or relax on a tiny beach. Owned and run by a community of Cistercian monks, it’s open to the public on summer weekdays and Saturdays. Regular boat trips set off from Tenby Harbour (pick up your tickets from the kiosk), taking visitors straight to Priory Beach, a beautiful place for a dip in the sea and the starting point for exploring the island.