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Things to do in Tenby - by Nicky.

With a thirst for the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, I am going to start by recommending that you visit some stunning local beaches, but before I do take a look at one of our Offshore Adventures' episodes of the Pembrokeshire coastline from the water and seals at Skomer Island...

The old Lifeboat House

This iconic building once housed the Tenby Lifeboat and is now a privately owned home. The conversion into a home was filmed on the Grand Designs TV programme.

The Coastline

Explore the Pembrokeshire coastline and discover its spectacular beaches, coast path and stunning scenery.

For more information about Tenby and the surrounding area, see our Airbnb Guidebook.

Sandy Beaches

There are many beautiful beaches in and around Tenby to choose from. Click on the links to find out more.


There are many beaches suitable for bathing and swimming with Lifeguards on duty. Explore the links to find out more.


There are many activity parks in and around Tenby, explore the links to find out more.

Fun for All

Activities for all age groups can be found in Pembrokeshire. Click on the links to find out more.

North Beach

North Beach

North Beach, is set against the town's picturesque harbour and is framed by the iconic colourful town houses that feature in many paintings and pictures. For parking, head to the North Beach car-park in Tenby. The sandy beach is accessible to all and the bay offers a great place to swim! Goscar Rock, in the centre of the beach, adds to its beauty and provides entertainment for those who like to paddle and swim around it and climb on it.

North Beach Watersports

The beach houses a company who specialise in watersports, including jet skiing, kayaking, rib rides, towed watersports and motorboat hire. For more information, take a look at Tenby Watersports.

North Beach,Tenby

North Beach on a warm sunny day! The bay is popular with swimmers who like to go the extra distance across the sheltered bay and train for many of the local swimming competitions.

View of the harbour

Here, North Beach is surrounded by the beautiful pastel shades of Tenby's town houses and harbour. Blue Flag Beach 2016 and Seaside Award (Resort) 2016.

Harbour Beach

Harbour Beach, Tenby

Harbour Beach is situated in between North Beach and Castle Beach and is accessible from the town centre. The sandy beach is popular with young families and children who like to paddle and swim in the bay. It's also a great place to sit and watch the boats come in and out of the harbour.

The Harbour, Tenby

The harbour has a lovely cafe built into the harbour wall, which gets good reviews on Tripadvisor. For more information, take a look at The Stowaway Cafe Co.

There is also a wonderful company that sell freshly caught seafood on the harbour and has good reviews on Tripadvisor. For more information take a look at Simply Seafoods.

Harbour Beach, Tenby

Harbour beach is popular with young families in the summer! It's a fabulous place to take a stroll and take a closer look at the harbour.

The Harbour, Tenby

Pretty view of the boats and houses that surround the harbour. Here, you can book and take sea safaris, boat trips, cruises and boat trips to Caldey Island. For more information, take a look at Tenby Boat Trips.

Castle Beach

Castle Beach, Tenby

Castle Beach is situated in between Harbour Beach and South Beach and is accessible from the town centre. This beautiful sandy cove looks out onto St. Catherine's Island. At low tide, it's possible to walk out to St. Catherine's Island and explore the many rock pools around the cliffs.

St. Catherine's Island, Tenby

St. Catherine's Island was once the home of a chapel, Napoleonic fort, private residence and a zoo! For more information, take a look at St. Catherine's Island.

Alongside the beach slipway is a café, deck chair rental and toilets. A variety of boat trips run from the beach at low tide. For more information about boat trips, take a look at Tenby Boat trips.

Castle Beach, Tenby

Blue Flag Beach 2016 and Seaside Award (Resort) 2016. The excellent water quality makes it a great place for swimming and canoeing.

St Catherine's Island

My two daughters had a fantastic experience coasteering in and around the caves and cliffs of St Catherine's Island. For more details take a look at Tenby Coasteering.

South Beach

South Beach, Tenby

South Beach is situated south of Castle Beach and is accessible from the south side of the town centre. The mile long stretch of golden sand offers lots of space for beach goers and those who like to play cricket or football. It is also a favoured spot for surfers and sea anglers.

South Beach Amenities

Tenby South Beach has a range of amenities like toilets and a car park, plus there is easy disabled access. There are also food options close to the beach with a couple of cafes and restaurants.

The area closest to Tenby town is the most popular part of the beach but if you walk a little further along towards the east end you will be able to find a less crowded spot.

South Beach, Tenby

Tenby South Beach is adjacent to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the Wales Coast Path. Sand dunes run the entire length of the beach and at low tide it joins up with Castle beach.

View of Caldey Island

As you look out from Tenby South Beach you will see Caldey Island in the distance.

Caldey Island

Caldey Island, Tenby

Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain's holy islands.

The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquility and peace.

Getting to Caldey Island

The monks and islanders are pleased to welcome day-visitors to share the delights of their island home throughout the summer season. You can book a boat trip from Tenby Harbour to get to Caldey. The boats run regularly throughout the day.

The Monks

Monks first came to Caldey in the 6th Century. Pyro, the first abbot is remembered in the island's Welsh name, Ynys Byr.

Caldey Island

Caldey Island offers beautiful walks, a chocolate factory, gift shop, post office, cafe and you can visit St David's Church. The Monastery is private, but you can view its magnificant architecture from the outside.

Barafundle Bay

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay is part of the National Trust's (NT) Stackpole Estate, and is often regarded as Pembrokeshire's best beach. The nearest parking is at an attended NT car park at Stackpole Quay, from where access to Barafandle is a comfortable half mile walk.

The bay is approximately 300 yards wide, and consists of sand backed by low dunes and flanked by limestone cliffs. It's very sheltered, and a good place for sunbathing, swimming and exploring.

Kayaking from Stackpole Quay to Barafundle Bay

We have launched our kayak at Stackpole Quay and enjoyed a fantastic paddle in and out of caves towards Barafundle Bay. I thoroughly recommend this route on a calm sunny day!

Barafundle Bay

You will notice that the colour of the water here is a stunning turquoise and the beach is just so picturesque.


There are wonderful caves, stacks and rocks to explore by kayak or paddle board between Stackpole Quay and Barafundle Bay.

Folly Farm

Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire

At Folly Farm you can visit over 750 animals and get up close to furry and feathery farmyard friends in their barn. Choose from 17 different rides in Folly Farm's vintage fairground, or enjoy their eight adventure play areas. They have 120 acres of fun so there really is something for everyone!

Ever wanted to see lions, rhinos, giraffes or penguins up close? At Folly Farm, you’ll find a world-class zoo with over 90 different species. All in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside.

Fun for all ages whatever the weather!

There is indoor and outdoor fun to be had at Folly Farm so a great place to visit on rainy days too!

The Barn at Folly Farm

Try out the petting farm in the Jolly Barn, where even the smallest children can see and touch some of their best-loved animals.


At Folly Farm, you’ll see many animals you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Some are in danger of becoming extinct, and they look after them in award-winning enclosures, designed to give them the best living conditions.

Heatherton World of Activities

Heatherton World of Activities, Pembrokeshire

At Heatherton you can experience a whole world of amazing indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, from family fun to adrenaline-pumping Pembrokeshire adventures.

Whether you love the thrill of speeding round a go kart track, the adrenaline rush of a high ropes trail, the mental challenge of Escape Rooms or the fun of an ENTIRE zone dedicated to play, they have it ALL and more at Heatherton!

The Activity Zones

With four fantastic Activity Zones to explore, Heatherton offer a great day out in Pembrokeshire for the WHOLE family....even the dog!

The Zones

Experience the family Fun Zone, Adrenaline Zone, Play Zone and Golf and Bowls Zone!

High Ropes Courses

Heatherton's challenging Tree Tops Trail offers four high ropes adventure courses, leading you swinging through the trees at heights of up to 40 feet!

Dinosaur Park

The Dinosaur Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

At The Dinosaur Park there are hours of great value family fun (and fear) waiting for you, lurking around every corner...

And you thought the age of dinosaurs had come to an end? 65 million years ago? A meteor, or so you heard? Well, think again! Think 'Wales'! Think 'Pembrokeshire'!

Take a walk on the wild side

Go on - be brave take a walk on the wild side and experience the Dinosaur Trail in the woods!


The Dinosaur Park offers rides, activities, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a dinosaur trail, a cafe & shop and much more!

Dinosaur Trail

Rumours are rife that somewhere deep inside lurk over 30 dinosaurs including a Brachiosaurus, as heavy as ten elephants, and a Stegosaurus with her baby.

Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire

Based in the heart of Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Oakwood boasts fun for the whole family – toddler friendly rides, fast thrills and spills (including the UK’s favourite wooden roller coaster – Megafobia) and spooky Halloween events.

Whether it’s an adrenaline-fuelled experience or a magical adventure, Oakwood Theme Park has thrills for all.

Wales' Biggest Theme Park

Looking for a theme park for toddlers, children, teens and adults? At Oakwood there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Family Adventures

Explore the wonderful world of Neverland, with themed rides and indoor soft play area.


Brace yourselves thrill seekers!

Manor Wildlife Park

Manor Wildlife Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Wales’s only walking safari, Manor Wildlife Park plays host to exotic and endangered animals from across the globe! The park’s innovative walkthrough exhibits allow visitors to come face to face with many of it’s animals.

Take a look at one of Castaway Adventures' episodes that takes you on a tour of Manor Wildlife Park...


It’s not just the animals that make the park an unforgettable day out, with a giant bouncy castle, indoor play and café serving handmade pizzas, Manor Wildlife Park certainly has something for everyone.

Family Fun

Manor Wildlife Park has plenty of fun activities for the kids, including hay play, face paint, a climbing wall and a giant indoor play area, featuring a bouncy castle.

Meet the animals

Enjoy your very own mini safari-style experience at the Lemur and Wallaby walk-through areas. Meet the lovely gibbon family at the Valley of the Apes and much more!