Destination guide

Tenby – Pembrokeshire's picture-perfect seaside town

Perched on the picturesque south Pembrokeshire coast, the beguiling harbour town of Tenby is one of Wales' best-loved holiday hotspots. Visitors have flocked here in their droves since the Victorian era, but Tenby has resisted overt modernisation, and retains to this day an irresistible old-world vibe. Its compact centre is a maze of pastel-hued historic houses and winding cobbled alleyways, packed with cosy cafes, trinket-filled gift shops and warmly-welcoming restaurants serving seaside classics like freshly-fried fish and chips and zingy crab sandwiches. But, it's the region's pristine, golden-sand beaches that keep holidaymakers flocking here year after year. There's an eclectic array of Tenby holiday rentals to choose from, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs.

Things to do

Mesmerising museums and hair-raising thrills

You'll find an abundance of alluring attractions within easy reach of your Tenby holiday rental. Culture vultures should set aside time to peruse the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Wales' oldest independent museum. Here, you'll find exhibits exploring all facets of local history and culture, and eclectic artworks by revered Welsh artists. For a fun-filled family day out, take the troop to Oakwood Theme Park, which is just 25 minutes or so by car from Tenby. The thrill-seekers among you can ride a host of nerve-shredding rollercoasters, while there are plenty of tamer rides and attractions for youngsters and those of a nervous disposition.


Life's a beach in Tenby

Throughout the balmy summer months, life in Tenby is all about chilling out on the beach. Its clear waters offer ideal conditions for all manner of water sports, from leisurely pursuits like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, to adrenaline-pumping activities like jet skiing and wakeboarding. While Tenby exudes a genteel charm by day, it's surprisingly lively after dark. If you fancy a tipple, you can take your pick from cosy traditional pubs serving local beers and ciders, buzzing bars where you can sip expertly-mixed cocktails or pulsing dance clubs where you can dance until the early hours.


Sunny summer days in Tenby

Tenby holiday rentals are especially sought-after during the holiday season of June to August. Even at the height of summer, temperatures are rarely sizzling, but it's generally agreeably warm, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. If you want to avoid the crowds, late spring and early autumn are lovely times to visit, with weather that's usually pleasantly mild. You'll need to wrap up warm if you're visiting in winter, but it's rarely extremely cold. As you might expect, rain is relatively common throughout the year, so pack accordingly.

Natural features

Enchanting animal encounters around Tenby

The unspoilt Pembrokeshire countryside is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers of all persuasions. The region's lush valleys, secluded beaches and vertigo-inducing clifftops are a delight to explore by foot or on horseback. Budding ornithologists are in for a treat, with an array of species to spot at any given time of year, from graceful guillemots to majestic peregrine falcons. The surrounding waters are a prime spot for glimpsing mesmerising marine mammals, such as darting dolphins and playful porpoises. If you're extra-lucky, you may even catch sight of a majestic whale.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Tenby

The nearest airport is in Swansea (SWS), located 27.5 mi (44.2 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Tenby Station, Penally Station and Manorbier Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Tenby?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,352 holiday lettings near Tenby. From 295 Cottages to 811 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Tenby for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Tenby?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Tenby. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Tenby Beach: 1,747 holiday lettings
  • Manorbier Castle: 1,631 holiday lettings
  • Manorbier Beach: 1,441 holiday lettings
  • Tenby Castle: 1,515 holiday lettings
  • Tenby Golf Club: 1,496 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Tenby listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Tenby?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 295 Cottages in Tenby. Our other popular types of Tenby holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 811 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 295 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 295 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Tenby?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 42 holiday homes with pool available in Tenby. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.