Tenby is a wonderfully medieval walled town, full of character & spectacular views. The elegant houses,
perched on the cliffs, look down on a harbour
& Award winning beaches.
Tenby has a long history. It may have started it’s career as a Norse settlement but by the 9th-century it was a Welsh stronghold,
who attractions were celebrated in a noble Welsh poem.
In praise of Dinbych-y-pysgod (Tenby of the Fishes).
The picture on the left is from an old postcard of about 1900 & the photo
on the right is recent, not a lot has changes in 100 years.
Tenby became a walled town in the 13-century & the walls were strengthened in 1457 & again during the Armada
scare in 1588. The main gate which is still standing has its remarkable five-arched entrance.
During the Civil War the town was captured by the Parliamentarians in 1644 and retaken in 1648 after defecting during the Second Civil War.
The next major event to change Tenby was brought about by the
Victorians & the introduction of tourism.
We will leave that for another page.
The Normans seized Tenby and the castle was built on the
headland that juts out between the North Sand and the South Sands.
The ruins still stands on Castle Hill overlooking Tenby harbour.