Tenby is an attractive coastal town with a pretty harbour and a vibrant atmosphere that belies its small size. Photographers, artists and poets have been inspired by Tenby's unique atmosphere and its colourful houses and shops. It has a broad appeal as a holiday destination as there is so much to see and do to suit all kinds of tastes.
The town plays host to a number of important cultural and sporting festivals through the year such as the Tenby Blues Festival and The Long Course Weekend. For nature lovers, the beautiful location, on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, makes it a haven for walkers and cyclists. The beaches of the area such as Saundersfoot are legendary and there are numerous historic buildings to explore such as Picton Castle and Tudor Merchant's House.
Tudor Merchant’s House
Just a short stroll from Tenby’s harbour is the Tudor Merchant’s House, which gives a fascinating insight into life in Tenby during Tudor times. It’s a three-storey building within the town’s medieval walls, and is an interactive museum where children can play with traditional wooden toys and can dress in a variety of costumes. Adults will appreciate the fine Tudor furniture and the pieces of art on the walls, as well as 15th
century architectural features that include a round chimney and scarfed roof-trusses. Replica Tudor items are available to buy, and in dry weather you can also walk around the herb garden.
Colby Woodland Garden
Despite its name, the Colby Woodland Garden doesn’t consist solely of woodland. In amongst the sheltered woodland paths, decorated in a carpet of bluebells, you’ll find landscaped grounds with a myriad of colours from azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and the gorgeous summer hydrangeas. This attraction is like a hidden valley, through which runs a bubbling stream. Wildflowers create an ever-changing array of colour, attracting butterflies and dragonflies as well as a variety of other animals. The stream includes stepping stones and a wooden bridge, and the gardens are ideal for good old-fashioned family fun. Build dens, cook on the campfire, have fun on the rope swings and go pond dipping to see what you can find.
Picton Castle and Woodland Gardens
The towering Picton Castle and its 40 acres of land make up one of the best attractions in West Wales. Woodland gardens include some of the country’s oldest and largest trees, as well as green ferns and wildflowers that decorate the ground. The on-site shop stocks plants, gifts and craft items, whilst the Picton Art Gallery displays a selection of beautiful paintings. You can dine at Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant, and test your sense of direction in the maze. Visit their website
The gardens of Aberglasney House are alive with colour and filled with plants from all over the globe. They’re open throughout the year, and they change with the seasons making every visit a unique and unforgettable experience. The on-site café and gift shop shouldn’t be missed, and the same can be said for the more unusual flowers including the exceptional Dutchman’s Pipe. Visit their website
National Botanical Gardens of Wales
Plants from all over the world can be found in the National Botanical Gardens, with the Great Greenhouse Collection containing plants from South America, South Africa, California, Chile, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands amongst other places. The herb garden contains medicinal plants, and in the Woods of the World you’ll see impressive trees and shrubs. Visitors can enjoy events, talks and workshops that will enhance their understanding of the plants that they’re viewing, and can enjoy the festivals and live shows hosted regularly within the grounds. There are also two cafés and a restaurant, as well as a garden shop and a plant shop selling flowers, plants, tools and decorative items. Visit their website