What to do around The Imperial Tenby | Coast & Country

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You won’t find a more traditional coastal town than picturesque Tenby in Pembrokeshire. The whole town is set around the peaceful harbour, and surrounded by a medieval stone wall.

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The houses are painted in pastel colours, making the whole town look like something out of a children’s TV show, and the beaches are perfectly peaceful and sheltered by the high walls and cliffs.

Boats wait in lines at the harbour, and are almost in the shadow of the incredible St Catherine’s Fort. You’ll be able to watch the sun rise and set as you walk along the beach, or take a day trip to Caldey Island complete with its small chocolate factory, old priory and gift shop. Learn about the Monks of Caldey Island, or sit in on a monastic service in the island’s Abbey Church.

Many of Tenby’s buildings, including the Imperial Hotel are built into the town’s medieval walls. Set high above the beach, these buildings offer wonderful views of the surrounding coastline. Walking and cycling are popular activities for anyone looking to while away the hours, though you’ll also find a variety of local attractions from the Dinosaur Park, which is ideal for families, to the Heatherton World of Activities to entertain all ages.

Tenby makes an ideal honeymoon destination, and is perfect for a weekend getaway or a family holiday away from the hustle and bustle.

Your hotel in Tenby will provide you with easy access to attractions including the Silent World Aquarium and Tudor Merchant’s House, which are just two more of the many things to do on your visit.

Whatever the weather, you’ll find a whole host of things to do in Tenby. Whether you’re visiting with children or are an older couple looking to enjoy the fresh sea air, delicious meals and a relaxing stay on the coast, you’ll not be disappointed by everything on offer.

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Wales Full & Half Marathon Sun 15 Jul
Tenby Arts Festival Sat 22 Sep - Sat 29 Sep
Tenby Beer Festival Fri 2 Nov - Sat 3 Nov
Tenby Blues Festival Fri 16 Nov - Sun 18 Nov
Tenby Boxing Day Swim Wed 26 Dec

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Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

Set within the ruins of a 13th Century castle, Tenby Museum & Art Gallery is not only home to various exhibitions giving you an insight into the history of the area, but is also home to stunning views due to its hilltop location.

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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.

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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.

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Picton Castle and Woodland Gardens

The enchanting 13th century Picton Castle and its 40 acres of garden 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.

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Aberglasney Gardens

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.

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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.

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