Tenby, Wales © Humphrey Bolton
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 two
and a half miles (4km) of beach.
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 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
dating back hundreds of years. The Merchant's House showcases Tudor
style with beautifully-painted walls and furniture. The city walls
are another major attraction, showcasing impressive architecture
and engineering from the 15th century.
The main historical sight of Tenby is the ruined
castle, which was built by the Normans in the 13th century, and the
museum and art gallery that have recently been installed there.
Another fascinating site lies in the bay, roughly two miles (3km)
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.
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