Tenby is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in West Wales. It is a popular destination not only because of the cute harbour town, but also because the Tenby beaches are some of the most beautiful in Pembrokeshire. It’s enough to see just one picture to understand why it’s such a sought after destination. Tenby is one of the best places in Pembrokeshire to visit and the perfect base for a West Wales staycation because you can access lots of scenic spots and gorgeous beaches near Tenby.
The best beaches to visit near Tenby are all within half an hour’s drive from Tenby town with many attractions and excursions for your holiday to Pembrokeshire and the usual things to do in a seaside location. All of the listed
beaches are dog friendly (except for restrictions as noted) so you can bring the whole family, including your four legged friends. Some beaches are easily accessible with parking just a few minute’s walk from the beach and others you have to do a little bit of an adventure to get to (but these turn out to be the most beautiful).
Best Beaches In and Near Tenby
- Tenby North
- Tenby South
- Castle Beach
- Barafundle Bay
- Freshwater West
- Wisemans Bridge
- Broad Haven South
Tenby North Beach
Tenby Beach North is a short distance from the centre of the town and has a gorgeous view of Tenby harbour and the picturesque colourful houses. At Tenby North Beach, you can hire a boat, go canoeing, swimming, skiing or just relax with a book. The sand is broken up by Goscar Rock which was once part of the cliffs, and its mere placement demonstrates how sea erosion takes its toll. Note: Between 1st May and 30th September, dogs are not allowed on the beach.
How to Find North Beach in Tenby
If driving, you can park at North Beach Car Park for an all day fee or if you are based in Tenby town, it’s just a 10 minute walk to North Beach.
North Beach Car Park postcode: SA70 8AG
Tenby South Beach
Tenby South Beach is a longer stretch of sand and takes just a short walk from the car park to get to. This is an ideal beach to choose in Tenby if you’re taking a packed lunch, sunscreen and a book. Before you visit, check if there is anything happening at South Beach as they sometimes hold events like mini outdoor festivals, street food vans and pop-up bars. From the esplanade, next to Tenby train station, you’ll get some lovely views of Tenby South Beach and Caldey Island in the background. Caldey Island is home to around 40 monks with Celtic traditions. You can book a 20 minute boat ride to Caldey Island from Tenby harbour and learn about the monks, explore more beautiful beaches and try some Caldey Island chocolate.
How to Find South Beach in Tenby
If driving, you can park at South Beach Car Park or The Esplanade car park. Again, walking from the centre takes an easy 10 minutes.
South Beach Car Park postcode: SA70 7EG
Tenby has three main beaches in the town, North Beach, South Beach and Castle Beach which is a smaller, sandy beach found close to Tenby Harbour. It’s a hidden delight because it’s not obvious from the main road that this beach is here. From the sand, you can see St Catherine’s Island which looks so close you could touch it and Caldey Island in the distance. Make sure to check the tide times but if you get here in the summer around 5pm and the tide is half in/half out, it has a charming, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for an evening beer on the beach.
Note: Between 1st May and 30th September, dogs are not allowed on the beach.
How to Find Castle Beach in Tenby
Castle Beach is easy to find as it’s next to both the town centre and Tenby Harbour. If you have your back to the harbour and you keep to the left hand side and walk toward the centre of town, you’ll see a little area of benches and bushes which is the entrance to Castle Beach. From here, you walk down a winding path, and it takes you to the sand. You can also reach the beach by walking a longer route around the perimeter of the coast, past Tenby Castle and find the other entrance to Castle Beach.
This is the secret Pembrokeshire paradise that will dazzle you after you take the trek to find it. Barafundle Bay was voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and when you stand at its famous National Trust sign and look out, you’ll agree with the award. The sparkling blue waters, especially when calm, are a wonder to just look at, let alone take a dip in. This sandy beach is one for the surfers, as long as they don’t mind carrying the board on the trek.
Getting to Barafundle Bay
Getting to Barafundle Bay takes 30 minutes by car from Tenby.
To get to paradise, you have to put in a bit of work whether you catch public transport or drive yourself. Firstly, head to Stackpole Quay National Trust car park. From here, walk the path located at the right hand side of the toilets and take the right at the steps and walk to the top. Then it’s a short walk to reach an entrance gate to a cattle field which you must walk through and you get to another long path of grass. You’ll then come to the Barafundle Bay sign and it’s a long staircase down to the beach.
Stackpole Quay National Trust car park postcode: SA71 5LS
The sand dunes and high-rising grass are what surrounds the stunning sandy beach known as Freshwater West.
This is one of the best beaches to visit near Tenby and a perfect place to spend the day. In the car park you will find a popular, and delicious seafood van called Cafe Mor selling tasty lobster rolls. The main attraction here is for any Harry Potter fans because it was a filming location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies. If you’re a fan, use this Dobby’s Grave guide to find the burial place of the beloved character.
Getting to Freshwater West
By car from Tenby, it takes just over 30 minutes to get to Freshwater West beach and the car park is free.
Freshwater Beach postcode: SA71 5AH
Other than Tenby, Saundersfoot is one of the most popular Pembrokeshire spots to explore and there’s lots to do around the town. For some of the best seafood in Pembrokeshire, try the restaurants overlooking Saundersfoot beach for a scrumptious seafood platter. This is also a great place to shop locally in the boutique stores, old sweet shop and souvenir stalls. Saundersfoot is a good base to walk to other beaches such as Coppet Hall beach which takes you through tunnels which were once used to transport coal. You could also walk to Glen Beach where you can hire snorkels and explore the clear water for wildlife. Note: Between 1st May and 30th September, dogs are not allowed on the beach.
Getting to Saundersfoot
From Tenby, it takes a 10 minute drive and there’s parking all over the town. You could also park at Coppet Hall beach and walk to Saundersfoot. For public transport, take the number 352 or 381 bus.
Saundersfoot postcode: SA69 9NL
Wisemans Bridge is a pebbled beach unless the tide is far out in which case it has both pebbles and sand.
Overlooking the beach is a fantastic local pub, Wisemans Bridge Inn, serving great food and drinks with equally as great views over the beach. This area is known for its historic forestry and if the tide is far out, you can still see some remnants of tree stumps.
Getting to Wisemans Bridge
It takes 15 minutes to get to Wisemans Bridge from Tenby by car and the car park is free. If you are fitting in a few beaches in one day, you can walk here from Saundersfoot town.
Wisemans Bridge postcode: SA69 9AX
Broad Haven South
Broad Haven South is a sandy beach near Tenby that you need to take a mini adventure to reach in the form of a circular footpath. Next to the beach is an unmissable part of Pembrokeshire: Bosherston Lilly Ponds that resemble a scene from a Disney film! You have to walk past this attraction to get to Broad Haven South beach and the walk takes about 30 minutes. The beach is definitely one to visit but maybe opt for a different beach to spend the day as Broad Haven South doesn’t have facilities like toilets or activities/excursions but what it lacks in things to do it makes up for in beauty and is another hidden beach near Tenby.
Getting to Broad Haven South
If you are driving from Tenby, it takes 30 minutes to reach the car park near Broad Haven South beach. From the car park, take the left path to walk past Bosherston Lilly Ponds and come out the end at Broad Haven South. The car park here belongs to National Trust so if you’re a member you can park for free (Stackpole Quay is also part of National Trust).
Car park postcode near Broad Haven South: SA71 5DN
Other beaches to visit near Tenby within 30 minutes include Amroth, Penally, Lydstep, Manorbier, Skrinkle Haven,
Freshwater East, Monkstone, Swanlake and Church Door Cove.
This is a guest post by Shireen at The Happy Days Travels.
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