Welcome to Tenby
Despite its relatively remote location, Tenby is one of the most
popular seaside resorts in Wales, filling with tourists from all
over the UK during the summer months. Located about 92 miles
(148km) west of Cardiff, this small city exudes medieval charm and
offers cultural attractions beyond the lure of its 2.5miles (4km)
Tenby has a number of nicknames: 'Little England Beyond Wales';
'The Jewel in Pembrokeshire's Crown'; and 'Little Town of Fishes',
which comes from its Welsh name, Dinbych-Y-Pysgod. The town came to
prominence in medieval times as a prominent port city, and in the
Georgian and Victorian eras as a health resort and centre of
Tenby's sandy beaches are surrounded with excellent facilities,
including wide promenades, children's play areas, and plenty of
variety in food and drink. The city itself has more than 20
licensed pubs, and a number of good restaurants and shops.
Tenby has a number of historical sites with buildings going back
hundreds of years. The Merchant's House showcased Tudor style with
beautifully-painted walls and furniture. They city walls are
another major attraction, showcasing impressive architecture and
engineering from the 15th century. The main historical site at
Tenby though, is the ruins of Tenby Castle, which was built by the
Normans in the 13th century and today features a museum and art
Another fascinating site lies in the bay, roughly 2 miles
(3.2km) from Tenby; Caldy Island is home to an ancient Benedictine
monastic cell, and the current Cistercian abbey holds relics dating
back to the 6th century.
Information & Facts
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).