Tenby has one of the iconic views in Wales - the fishing boats by the harbour with grand Georgian pastel coloured buildings as a backdrop. The medieval town is located on the Pembrokeshire coast, the only coastal national park in Britain. It became popular as a tourist resort in the 18th and 19th century and is still popular today. There are even three beaches and one of these, Castle Beach, was named best beach in Britain in 2019 by the UK publication The Times. Visitors can explore the narrow streets of the town with its many shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Guided Tours Wales offer themed walks including a ghost walk delivered by a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Brewery tours can be arranged by prior appointment at Harbwr for groups of up to 40 people. Tenby Boat Trips provide a range of adventures out at sea including seal watching and rib rides. Caldey Island is a holy island inhabited by Cistercian monks. Tickets for trips to the island can be purchased from Tenby Harbour. The Tenby Coaster is a great way to travel between Tenby and Saundersfoot. Clients can hop on and hop off along the route all day, seven days a week. It operates from April to mid September.

Aerial shot of a sightseeing bus travelling along the coastal road.

Tenby Coaster travelling along the coastal road


Elm Grove

Elm Grove Country House

Lamphey Court Hotel

Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

Ocean Cabins - The Square

Ocean Cabins - The Square

View from St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides Spa Hotel


Aberglasney Garden

Aberglasney Gardens is known as the ‘Garden Lost in Time’ and this historic garden is located near Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire. There are 10 acres of gardens including the Cloister Garden, Asiatic Garden, The Alpinum Garden, Upper and Lower Walled Gardens, The Pool Garden and the 18th century Yew Tunnel. Your clients are also able to visit the ground floor of the grade II listed mansion. There is also a café available on site.

A grand house set in colourful gardens on a sunny day.

Aberglasney Gardens

Bosherston Lakes and Stackpole Court

The Stackpole Estate has a Grade 1 listed landscape and the parkland was created by The Cawdor Family that surrounded their home. Although Stackpole Court was demolished there is still plenty to explore. Bosherton Lily Ponds are a focal point to the grounds and famous for the annual display of waterlilies. These man-made ponds are supplied by an underground reservoir and are a haven for wildlife watching – look out for the otters!

Nearby is Lodge Park Woods that also has a summer house, walled garden and ice house. There are many paths and as they are mainly flat are accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Couple bird watching from a hide

Birdwatching at Bosherston Lily Ponds, Stackpole Estate

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

Carew Castle overlooks a 23 acre millpond, it is architecturally diverse with a Norman fortress on one side and an impressive Elizabethan mansion on the other. Your clients will also find the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, an 11th century Celtic cross and a medieval bridge. There is a lovely mile-long circular walk around the site.

Nest, the tea room in the Walled Garden, is named after Princess Nest, one of the castle’s most famous residents. There is also a gift shop on-site.

A castle reflecting in the water with dramatic clouds above.

Carew Castle

Colby Woodland Garden

Colby Woodland Garden is located in a ‘secret’ valley. It has an industrial past, but today is known for the colourful flowers throughout the year including rhododendrons camellias, azaleas, and summer hydrangeas as well as the woodland walks and wildflower meadow.

The walled garden at Colby Woodland Garden with a white summerhouse in background.
Colby Woodland Garden showing a statue surrounded by rhododendrons.

Colby Woodland Garden


Laugharne was home to the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas and more recently was a big feature of the BBC drama series, 'Keeping Faith', starring Eve Myles. It is dominated by the picturesque Laugharne Castle ruin with stunning views of the Tâf Estuary and the Gower Peninsula in the distance. Dylan Thomas wrote much of his work, including the play 'Under Milk Wood' here. Visitors can see the Dylan Thomas Boathouse and writing shed which is now a museum and shop (although currently closed) and the tea room serves snacks and light lunches that overlooks the estuary. For more on Dylan Thomas see our three day itinerary exploring locations associated with the poet, In the footsteps of Dylan Thomas.

Two people walking on a path that runs past Castle ruins
Edge of boathouse overlooking the water.
A cross in a graveyard of a famous Welsh author.

Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas Boathouse and St Martin's Church

Llys-y-Frân Lake

Llys-y-Frân Lake is located near the foot of the Preseli Hills and is the perfect place to visit for a day of adventure whether it be on land or water. A range of watersports can be enjoyed on the lake, including canoeing, fishing, kayaking, supervised open water swimming, sailing and stand up paddleboarding and pedalboarding. On land, there are walking trails and 8.7 miles (14 km) of mountain biking trails including the Pump Skills Track. Learn how to fire a crossbow, throw an axe or knife or have a go at archery. The Outdoor Activity Centre and Waterside Cabin has changing facilities and cycle hire. There is a visitor centre, café and toilets on site.

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Melin Tregwynt

Melin Tregwynt is a working mill and has been owned by the same family since 1912. Located in a wooded valley between St Davids and Fishguard, this ‘white washed’ woollen mill stocks a wide range of products made from the unique Melin Tregwynt fabric woven in the mill. Items include blankets, throws, cushions, gifts, clothing and accessories. Visitors can see the mill working Monday to Friday. The on-site café serves refreshments using local produce.


Travelling inland is the little market town of Narberth. Its high street has been named one of the best in the UK and is lined by pretty pastel coloured buildings. There are many independent shops, antique shops, galleries cafes and restaurants for your clients to visit. For the history and culture seekers, there’s Narberth Museum, Narberth Independent Bookshop and castle (which is only visible from the roadside).

National Botanic Garden of Wales

In Llanarthne your clients can discover the National Botanic Garden of Wales with its impressive great glasshouse, the world’s largest single span glass structure. It is set in 600 acres of 18th century parkland with exotic flowers, lakes and waterfalls. It is also home to the British Bird of Prey Centre with 20 native birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, eagles, kites and buzzards. It offers daily flying and hands-on experiences. The centre also offers a unique flying experience with three of the UK's largest birds of prey. Eagle Experience Wales will give clients 1hr 45mins of private handling and flying with a falconer. There are a number of trails and apps available to help your clients make the most of their visit.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

North Pembrokeshire

Discover North Pembrokeshire with North Pembrokeshire Tours who offer small group bus tours led by friendly local residents, a 3hr walking tour starting in Fishguard, a 1hr 30min Strumble Head boat trip from Fishguard Harbour and a pilgrimage tour.

Pembroke Castle

Just a 30 minute drive from Tenby is Pembroke Castle, Henry Tudor’s birthplace (the first Tudor King of England). The castle is dominated by a five storey central keep which stands at 80 feet high with great views of Pembroke from the top. Not to be missed is the Wogan’s Cavern, a subterranean cave under the castle. If your clients count the number of steps to reach the cave the number when climbing back up is never the same! One of the few remaining medieval gaols can still be seen inside the dungeon tower. It offers daily guided tours, is dog friendly and has a gift shop and café.

An aerial shot of a large castle with towers alongside the banks of a pond.

Pembroke Castle

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Tenby is located in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal national park in the UK. The coast path stretches 186 miles (299 km) from St Dogmaels to Amroth. It’s perfect for walking, wildlife spotting, taking in the spectacular scenery and there’s plenty of varied attractions, historic sites and places to eat along the way. The website features over 200 circular web walks including easy access, gentle strolls and half day routes. The more adventurous may prefer to walk the whole of the path and afterwards, with the ascents and descents they will have climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest (without the altitude sickness!) or perhaps simply find a favourite beach to relax and enjoy. There is also a useful fact sheet and frequently asked questions to help plan your client’s visit.

Walkers on the coast path heading toward a beach.
A view of a headland on a coast path with the ocean either side.

Walking on the coast path by Newgale beach and White Sands Bay

Pendine Sands

Pendine Sands, a beautiful seven mile stretch of sandy beach overlooking Carmarthen Bay. The flat beach was made famous in the 1900s by a series of car and motorbike races, including record breaking attempts including Sir Malcolm Campbell and Welshman J G Parry-Thomas in his car named Babs. Visit the new modern state-of-the-art Museum of Land Speed for an interactive experience of this historic occasion. Clients will also be able to see exhibits including Babs and a collection of motorbikes.

Museum of Land Speed

St Davids

St Davids is the smallest city in Great Britain, it’s more like a lively village than a city. There are many craft shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants to visit. In medieval times, two pilgrimages to St Davids was the equivalent to one to Rome and three was the equivalent to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land illustrating the historic importance of the city. It got its name from Saint David, the patron saint of Wales and his shrine can be found in St Davids Cathedral.

Next to the cathedral is St Davids Bishop’s Palace, a ruined medieval palace with lots hideaways to explore with an exhibition where the story boards brings it to life. There is a gift shop on-site.

Visit MamGu Welshcakes located in the ruins of St Marys Chapel  within the cathedral for refreshments.

Oriel y Parc is the national park’s visitor centre. It also has exhibitions by local artists and the National Museum Wales. It is a good place for your clients to plan walks along the coast path. There is a gift shop selling books, prints and local crafts, a café and parking with links to the coastal bus services.

View of a cathedral from a hill.
Decorative wrought iron gate entrance looking onto ruins of a palace.
Exterior view of a stone built conical shaped tower.

St Davids Cathedral, St Davids Bishop's Palace and Oriel y Parc

A number of companies run offshore island boat trips from St Davids such as Voyages of Discovery and Thousand Island Expeditions offering an opportunity for you clients to get close to sea life and look out for seals, porpoises, dolphins, puffins and gannets and of course great views of the coastline.

The more adventurous can try out coasteering, which was invented in Wales, with Celtic Quest Coasteering or TYF Adventure. They also offer a range of other adventure activities.

Group of people in a line coasteering in wet suits and helmets.
A pleasure boat filled with people sailing into the bay.

Coasteering and a boat trip at St Davids


Penrhiw Prioy, St Davids

Penrhiw Priory

St David's
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

Roch Castle

Oriel Indulgent Bedroom, Twr y Felin Hotel

Twr y Felin Hotel

St David's

Search for Visit Wales graded accommodation in South West Wales.

For more ideas about days out in the area go to Visit Pembrokeshire and Discover Carmarthenshire.

For more inspiration visit the Celtic Routes website, a new way to discover West Wales and Ireland’s Ancient East, highlighting local culture, heritage and natural environment.

Be safe!

Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please ensure that your clients read up on the risks and make sure they are prepared.

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