Tenby is a popular seaside holiday resort in West Wales. With fantastic sandy beaches, clear water, large caravan parks, theme parks, castles to explore and countless areas of outstanding beauty.
So if you’re staying in Tenby you’re looking for somewhere to visit outside of Tenby. We’ve got our favourite places that we like to visit when in Tenby. If like us you’ve always got your car and you’re willing to drive about 30 minutes or more from where you’re staying, there’s a lot of places to visit near Tenby.
In no particular order here are our favourite places to visit near Tenby.
Skomer Island is about 30-40 minutes driving from Tenby and is by far one of the most beautiful places in Wales to visit. But it has it’s downsides, it’s tricky to get to! Not only do you have to drive through lanes to get to the carpark, but you have to catch a boat too, the boat sails from the foot of the cliffs near the car park but they only sail in good weather and have limited capacity. If you’re hoping to step foot onto Skomer island itself then you have to arrive early, only 250 people are allowed onto the island per day and pre booking tickets is not permitted.
What makes Skomer so special? well Skomer is home to Puffins, Max Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seals, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the Skomer Vole. If nature is your thing, then Skomer island is well worth getting up early, taking the boat trip over and exploring. Just don’t forget your camera! If you’re not fond of stepping foot onto the island then you can also opt for the boat tour around the Island and it’s neighboring island, Skokholm.
See for yourself why we think Skomer Island is one of the best places to visit near Tenby.
Carew Castle is a great castle to visit near Tenby, easy to get to by car, great walks around the area. See our full breakdown of Carew castle here
If theme parks are your thing or your family are looking for a little bit of excitement whilst staying in Tenby, then Oakwood Theme Park is definitely worth visiting. Oakwood has attractions to cater for all types of thrill seeker, from a wooden roller coaster, huge swing, water slides, pirate ships and a large indoor children’s play area.
If you’re planning a trip to Oakwood when you’re staying in Tenby, we would recommend that you purchase tickets in advance to avoid the queues, avoid the end of the school year as many schools take their students here as an “end of year treat”. There are two night where the park is open until 10pm and there’s a firework display.
Saundersfoot is a small seaside town, close to Tenby with a fantastic sandy beach, small harbour, large pay and display car park and numerous seafront attractions. Saundersfoot is the perfect place to visit near Tenby as it caters for all types of seaside visits. During the summer months access to Saundersfoot can be tricky as there really is only one road in from Tenby, just make sure you leave early!
Along the Seafront you’ll find plenty of shops selling seaside memorabilia, restaurants, and surf shops. All perfectly back dropped by the stunning Sandy Beach.
Pembroke Castle is a large fortification in the middle of Pembroke town, it’s high up on our list of recommended places to visit near Tenby. You can take a leisurely walk around the outer moat and enjoy the view of the castle. Entering and exploring the castle is also worth the time, you can walk along the walls and explore the towers. There’s a large cave situated under the castle which is worth the trip down the stairs to explore!
There is ample parking nearby in pay and display car park, a short walk from the castle. To find out more about Pembroke castle, have a look at our in depth review here.
Folly Farm Adventure Park and zoo
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is a fantastic visitor attraction, originally hosting only Farm animals. Over the years Folly Farm has expanded and added many different animals to their attraction list. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is a great place to visit near Tenby, it’s only a short drive with ample parking.
Folly Farm boasts over 750 Animals, 17 rides in their vintage fairground and 8 adventure play areas spread over 120 acres of land, don’t forget to bring your walking boots!
St Davids is a small community in west Wales which has city status due to having a Cathedral, it is said that St Davids Cathedral is the final resting place of the Saint David, the patron saint of Wales.
With plenty of history, historic buildings to explore, St Davids is an untouched example of a medieval town which has been popular with many pilgrims over the years.