Tenby (North, South, Harbour & Castle beaches)

Photo: Eiry & Meurig Pembrokeshire Photographers

Tenby North Beach is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing and slipway launching.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the whole of the beach between May-September. Please be a responsible dog owner. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
There are a number of options for getting to Tenby’s beaches including a park and ride scheme. The Celtic Trail passes through the town allowing easy access by bike. There is easy access to the beach, which is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. If you are travelling by car, the A478. A4139 and B4318 all lead to Tenby. There are car parks with disabled bays by North Beach and by the harbour, but spaces fill up very quickly. You may find it easier to use the Park & Ride scheme, which operates in summer and is signposted on the way into town. When this isn’t operating, it is still easier to park outside the town centre and make the short walk in, as parking can be difficult throughout the year.

Site description
Tenby is Pembrokeshire’s premier holiday resort. The beaches have plenty of facilities but are often quite crowded. North Beach is a sweep of golden sand, dotted by occasional rocks including the prominent Goskar Rock, with the harbour and castle at the southern end. The impressive old walled town, with its Norman fortifications and Tudor houses, look down on the beach.

The National Park Authority has been helping residents to conserve the town’s character, and there’s plenty of historical and architectural interest to be seen whilst taking a stroll. There’s a promenade above the beach all the way from the harbour to the cliffs at the north end. Bathing is safe, though beware of the odd rock here and there. The southern end of the beach is quite well sheltered from the predominantly south-westerly winds.

Facilities
There are toilets including facilities for the disabled and easy access down to the beach. There is a large choice of shops, pubs, resturants and accomodation in Tenby. Slipway launching is also available. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided, so please help keep Tenby beautiful by using the facilities or taking litter home.

Byelaws
Pembrokeshire County Council bathing water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach.

Tenby South Beach is ideal for a wide range of beach activities including swimming, surfing, kayaking, walking, wildlife watching, boat trips, fishing and windsurfing.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the north end of the beach between May 1st-September 30th. Please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog.

Getting there
There are a number of options for getting to Tenbys beaches including a park and ride scheme. You can easily get to Tenby by bike, with the Celtic Trail passing through the town. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. There’s easy access to the beach from the car park. You can also get to the south end of the beach from Penally railway station, when the military range is open, via a wheelchair-accessible path through the golf course and dunes. If you are travelling by car, the A478, A4139 and B4318 all lead to Tenby. There’s a large paying car park next to the beach including disabled spaces. There are also plentiful bus services to Tenby.

Site description
Larger and less commercialised than North Beach, South Beach stretches in a long sweep of golden sand for 1.2 miles (2 km) from St Catherine’s Island to Giltar Point. It’s backed by The Burrows, a large area of sand dunes. There are good views of Caldey Island, which you can also visit on a boat trip from Tenby Harbour. At low tide it’s possible to walk along the beach to St. Catherine’s Island, but as the tide rises your return route will be cut off, so take care.

Facilities
Toilets including facilities for the disabled are available at Tenby South beach. There are also opportunities for deck chair hire, ice cream vans and donkey rides. All types of accomodation, cafes, restaurants and pubs can be found in Tenby. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided. Please help keep Tenby beautiful and use the facilities or take your litter home.

Byelaws
Pembrokeshire County Council bathing water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Location


Details

Dog Friendly: Yes
Blue Flag: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Access

  • Castle Beach: large sandy beach, facing South East, refreshments, toilets. Lifeguards in summer.  Sloping tarmac path and concrete ramp: 1:10 to 1:18 for 72 metres.
  • Harbour Sands: small sandy beach facing North East, limited blue badge parking, nearest toilets at Castle beach.  Paved ramp: 1:18 to 1:12 for 19 metres.
  • North Beach: large sandy beach facing East, refreshments. Lifeguards in summer. Concrete ramp to beach: 1:7 to 1:6 for 25 metres.
  • South Beach: large sandy beach facing South East.  Lifeguards in summer. Wooden walkway (can be covered with sand in places): 60 metres, starting level, then increasingly steep to 1:51⁄2.