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Visitors on a cottage holiday are tempted to explore Tenby, one of the prettiest seaside towns in Wales, brimming with charm and with no less than three beautiful stretches of clean, sandy Blue Flag beach. Consequently it gets very busy during the summer months, but the upside to this a largely traffic-free centre, as pubs and cafes set up al fresco dining to take advantage of the mild climate.
The maze of narrow streets in the old town is filled with interesting and quirky shops, and there is much for the visitor to enjoy in addition to the appealing golden sands. Elegant Georgian houses look down over the harbour; ensure to visit the Tudor Merchant’s House, run by the National Trust, for an insight into the life and times of the town’s fifteenth century traders. Another good introduction is to join one of the guided walks or town trails which take in the principal sights and allow visitors to get their bearings. Whether guided or under your own steam, the ruins of the town castle are worth a visit, affording excellent views across the bay, as is the nearby Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Hill.
Hire a boat or book onto a mackerel-fishing trip at the harbour. At low tide, take a stroll across the sands to the St Catherine’s island. Another popular visit can be made by boat from the harbour across to Caldey Island, which houses a variety of seals and sea birds as well as the monks of a Cistercian community. There are some lovely walks around the island and the best view to be had is from the lighthouse. Around Tenby, the pretty village of Saundersfoot has another good beach to enjoy, while Manorbier stands on the ruins of a twelfth century castle. Make sure to tackle at least a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which passes right through town, and affords wonderful panoramic views of the Pembrokeshire coastline on a fine day.
Take time to visit the Castle and Tidal Mill at Carew, a short drive from Tenby. There are a host of popular family-oriented visitor attractions in and around Tenby including the Dinosaur Park, promising a ‘monstser day out’ for all the family, Folly Farm Family Adventure at nearby Kilgetty, the Silent World Aquarium and Manor House Wildlife Park at St. Florence.
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