Holidays in West Wales
Tenby Town & Peninsula
Main towns in the Tenby region when staying in Pembrokeshire.
TENBY, South Pembrokeshire’s largest town, offers splendid Victorian and Georgian architecture set within Tudor town walls. It is perched dramatically on a rocky promontory and boasts award winning, white sandy beaches, a picturesque harbour with busy boats ferrying people to the monastery island of Caldey or taking out families for fishing trips, lush Mediterranean-style vegetation and charming narrow streets packed with shops, galleries and restaurants. In the summer, the centre of Tenby is transformed into a 'cafe culture' centre, with no traffic allowed within the town walls.
PENALLY, Situated just one and a quarter miles to the west of Tenby the pretty hillside village of Penally overlooks Tenby Golf Course and the long sandy South Beach. Access can be gained by marked footpaths through the golf course onto the beach and for those wishing to join the 186 mile coastal path access is at Giltar Point at the end of the beach. The village boasts a 13th century church of St Nicholas & St Teilo, originally called St Nicholas' but changed to St Nicholas and St Teilo at the end of the 19th century when it was found that Penally was birthplace of St Teilo, a Christian leader in the 6th century.
MANORBIER. For a quiet, restful weekend break filled with the tranquil sounds of nature, and calming atmosphere, visit the distinct village of Manorbier. Unfolding its beauty onto the Pembrokeshire Coastline, Manorbier’s serene environment is truly breathtaking and inspiring. Located in South West Wales, it features all the charm that is typical of this area, along with another appealing feature; Manorbier Castle. It is also close to the popular seaside resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot, giving you the opportunity to reside in peaceful, countryside tranquillity, whilst being able to destine to other entertaining family resorts.
ST. FLORENCE - Located just outside of the popular seaside resort of Tenby and set back from the coast, and renowned as one of the most picturesque villages in Wales. The distinctive cottages with Flemish chimneys and award winning floral displays make it a popular destination for visitors. This quaint village is set within the beautiful serene landscape of South West Wales, and features many charming cottages, including a number of medieval structures and a spectacular Norman Church. It has also been a previous winner of “Wales in Bloom” and is crammed with vivid colours of the Welsh countryside and full of ancient history.
FRESHWATER EAST - Is a secluded, peaceful village renowned for its safe sandy beach flanked by red sandstone cliffs. With Freshwater East Holiday Village practically on top of the beach providing a fantastic family location for holidays, and a great club house on site open during the summer period. Nearby Stackpole village and Stackpole Quay provide natural beauty and seclusion within easy driving distance from some of the most breathtaking beaches in Pembrokeshire with perhaps Barafundle being regarded as one of the best in the UK. The coastal path running along the south coast offers exhilarating walks.
JAMESTON - Situated idyllically along the South Western Coast of Wales, is the pretty little village of Jameston. Surrounded by acres of rich green countryside and a short drive to the waters edge, Jameston is a tranquil destination that you can enjoy with the family, or with that special someone. With the village being quite remote, it is the perfect resort for getting rid of those everyday stresses, and immerses you into the calming sounds of nature. Lustrous golden meadows and rolling hills are right on your doorstep in this quaint village, and provides fantastic serene walks, as well as a window into the life of Welsh agriculture.
LAMPHEY lies on the ancient ridge route between Tenby and Pembroke. The name Lamphey goes back to the time when pioneering preachers were endeavouring to Christianise the area. It is the site of what is left of the Bishops Palace, built in the 13th century by the Bishops of St Davids. Buildings inhabited long before the 20th century may still be seen; The Court House whose name describes one of its functions, Lamphey House (Malthouse today). Delve into mysteries and historical secrets as you journey into the mystical village of Lamphey.
LYDSTEP is a small coastal Village situated between the seaside resort of Tenby and the historic Town of Pembroke. The Lydstep Tavern in the centre of the village serves great food and has a beer garden to relax in. A narrow lane runs from the main road down to the beach which is a sand and shingle beach set in a cove with dramatic views overlooking Caldey Island and the headland. At low tide the Lydstep caverns can be seen including a smugglers cave.
PEMBROKE is a small but charming walled town with over a 900 year history.Pembroke Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Wales and is open to visitors all year round.The birthplace of Henry V11, it stands in a spectacular location offering breathtaking panoramic views from the top of its famous keep.The castle is a venue for many important events such as Shakespearean productions, medieval banquets, military tattoos and displays by the Sealed Knot Society.The vast majority of Pembroke's shops, banks and restaurants and many of its most impressive Georgian houses can be found along Main Street.
STACKPOLE - The delightful village of Stackpole is set within the tranquil countryside of Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. As a National Nature reserve you will be overwhelmed by the areas outstanding natural beauty and the unique qualities that it possesses. Dazzling the coastline with its charm and picturesque character, Stackpole is a wonderful location for anyone to enjoy, and with its breathtaking scenery and calming lakeside walks, it is the holiday destination to spend with that special someone. Its majestic atmosphere will sweep you away, transporting you into another world, a world of hidden treasures, and breathtaking rural beauty.
BURTON - An ideal central base for those walkers seeking to walk the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal path. The picturesque hamlet of Burton, has two family pubs, The Stable Inn and The Jolly Sailor serving good food. Although the location is quiet it is only a couple of miles from the Haven waterway and Neyland Marina which is a safe location for watersports, sailing and wildlife expeditions, you can also join the cycle trail all the way to Haverfordwest with its wealth of shops, restaurants and a Castle. There are a great choice of beaches in Pembrokeshire.
MILFORD HAVEN is a picturesque coastal town located in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. Surrounded by the beauty of the Welsh countryside, Milford Haven is a great place to take the family on holiday. The town has something for everyone, whether it is relaxing by the calming waters of the Marina, or wandering around the numerous shops, Milford Haven will provide entertainment for the young and old alike. Famous for its historic Port, the town was once a base for a large fishing industry. In modern day, its location is better known for industrial links, producing gas and oil in the refineries on either side revealing the historic atmosphere of Wales’s past.
PEMBROKE DOCK - Travel back in time and relish up the charms of this ancient settlement. Located in the picturesque surroundings of South West Wales, Pembroke Dock offers a monumental depiction of the town’s medieval history. Once a landscape of rolling hills and urban farmland, Pembroke Dock suddenly grew and bloomed into a thriving coastal town. The town’s main purpose was to serve as a Royal Naval Dockyard producing around 260 ships and yachts between the years of 1814 – 1926.
MANORBIER NEWTON - is a quiet village located on the outskirts of the larger Manorbier and Jameston communities. A scenic area that has great access to local beaches and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. A perfect place to stay for those who like to be near the seaside but not far local amenities.The nearest beach is Manorbier, just a short 5 minute drive away. The beach is popular with surfers and walkers alike as from this beach you can access a series of walks along the coastal path.
MILTON - is a great place to stay in Wales as this small quiet village has great access to the A477 meaning you will be in easy reach of some of Pembrokeshire’s most popular attractions such as Heatherton and Manor House (Anna Ryder Richardson’s Wild Welsh Zoo).Just a short ten minute walk down the road you will find the magnificent Carew Castle which has an impressive history spanning 2000 years. If you prefer to have a quiet night in relaxing in your holiday cottage and if you enjoy using fresh local produce for your cooking then you will be in your element in Milton. With a quaint farm shop selling everything from local meats to Pembrokeshire potatoes as well as a fresh fishmonger there is plenty to choose from and you can be sure the family won’t go hungry!
NEYLAND - FBM Holidays prides itself on locating holiday cottages in areas which are diverse in their offerings and Neyland is perhaps one of the most intriguing. Nestled on the Northern bank of the Cleddau Estuary, directly opposite Pembroke Dock, Neyland is a haven for leisure sailors, power boating enthusiasts, divers, water sports and fishing buffs alike. It was in April 1856, when the South Wales Railway, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, officially opened at Neyland. Before the railway came, the population was less than 200. By 1861 it was over a thousand. It was hoped that Neyland would become a significant port but that was never really achieved. The railway closed in 1964 and has since become The Brunel Cycle Track making Neyland a great place to stay if you’re a cycling enthusiast looking for a holiday in Wales. The Brunel Trail is part of the of the 220 mile Celtic Trail which runs from Chepstow to St Davids, this in turn is part of the much larger Euro Trail which is 5000 miles long!
LLANGWM - Set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, nestled on the Western bank of the Cleddau Estuary the village of Llangwmhas a long history that dates back to before the Norman invasion of 1066. The village sits right on the edge of the estuary so stunning views are in abundance and due to its location it’s unsurprising that the village comes from a long history in the fishing industry which can be seen in the long, single storey, stone fisherman’s cottages dotted throughout the village. Llangwm was once famous for its oysters and other varieties of shellfish that were exported to Bristol and many other places.
ANGLE - If you’re looking for a more peaceful and remote holiday in Pembrokeshire, Wales, surrounded by beautiful vistas and away from the livelier towns such as Tenby and Saundersfoot, then Angle should be your first choice. Angle is small village situated a short 25 minute drive West from the historic town of Pembroke towards the coast. Dotted with small colour washed cottages Angle presents an idyllic scene and in 1995 it was made a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
COSHESTON - A peaceful and quiet area, Cosheston sits on an inlet of the Daugleddau Estuary and is 2 miles from the historic town of Pembroke which also has numerous boutique shopping opportunities. A village full of traditional rustic cottages and modern well- manicured homes FBM holidays has some great holiday homes available in this wonderful part of Pembrokeshire. Cosheston presents a great place to stay in Wales being close to local amenities and with also great access to sites of special interest. Head for Pembroke and stop off at the magnificent Pembroke Castle, idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this mighty fortress is largely intact, and its endless passages, tunnels and stairways are great fun to explore, plus there are excellent exhibitions, which tell the tale of its medieval life. Once the seat of a succession of major Barons who played leading roles in shaping Britain's history, this historic showpiece is the birthplace of Henry Tudor, father to the infamous Henry VIII and grandfather of Elizabeth I.
LLANSTADWELL - Further west of Neyland, along the waterfront is the pretty linear village of Llanstadwell. The most remarkable features are the church, dedicated to St Tudwal and The Ferry Boat Inn at the end of the village, which benefits from splendid views over the Milford Haven waterway. Llanstadwell presents a great base from which to explore either side of the county of Pembrokeshire and also being near to the coast. Also near Llanstadwell you will find the towns of Neyland and over theCleddau Bridge, Pembroke Dock. Rich in history Pembroke Dock has plenty to offer those with an interest in the industrial past and architecture. Visit the Flying Boat Museum and learn about the history of Pembroke Dock as important base for these machines during World War 2. Also you can also see the elegant Georgian Architecture of the Royal Dockyard as well as the Dockyard Chapel and the 1930’s flying boat hangars.
HODGESTON - If you’re looking for a quiet rural place to holiday in Pembrokeshire,Wales, then Hodgeston makes a great choice. An ancient parish that sits alongside the village of Lamphey, Hodgeston is a small village of idyllic little cottages.If being near the coast is top of your list when looking for your perfect holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire, then Hodgeston is an ideal choice being only a short 7 minute drive from the popular beaches of Freshwater West and Freshwater East. Hodgeston is also within easy reach of historic attractions such as Manorbier Castle and Lamphey Bishops Palace. Lamphey Bishops Palace is owned by Cadw and is a great spot to spend an afternoon exploring the ruins and enjoying a picnic in the sunshine on the luscious green lawns.
CASTLEMARTIN - is a stunning area of Pembrokeshire, the majority of which sits within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and understandably so, as this is an area of spectacular coastal scenery. A walk around the Castlemartin Peninsula will introduce you to some of Pembrokeshire’s hidden gems such as the Green Bridge of Wales, Stack Rocks, St Govans Chapel and Bosherston Lily Ponds. Amongst these popular visitor sites, St Govans is perhaps the most unique. With a long history surrounded by myths and legends it is a fascinating place to visit for all. Perched precariously on the cliff edge, the tiny 13th-century St Govan’s Chapel is a spectacular sight. Huddled among the rocks, almost at sea level, it’s only accessible by climbing down 52 steps. It was built on the site of a holy well that once attracted pilgrims.
SARDIS - A small, quiet village nestled in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. A predominantly quiet and peaceful area Sardis is a great place from which to explore the nearby Cleddau Estuary and the fishing village of Llangwm. Nearby are several woodland areas such as Wright Wood, Benton Wood and many more. If you’re a cycling or mountain biking enthusiast this is a great place to stay with many peaceful country roads bursting with flora and fauna.
CAREW - Nestled on a quiet inlet of the Daugleddau Estuary is the picturesque village of Carew. Surrounded by the outstanding beauty of the South West Wales countryside and steeped high in ancient history, the village offers any holiday maker an enchanting escape from the stresses of every day life. Embark upon a journey back in time as you adventure around this captivating landscape, dominated by its ruined Norman Castle. Standing proudly along the waters edge, the Castle cascades a magical presence over the Estuary providing the perfect location to sit and enjoy a picnic. Afterwards, venture into the Castle itself and witness one of the most magnificent structures featured within South Wales