The beautiful coastal town of Tenby on the South Pembrokeshire coast is the perfect place for a family holiday. The happy bubble of Tenby feels different to anywhere I’ve ever holidayed before. I’ve never been to a happier more cheerful place, and I do believe the locals are what makes Tenby so special.
I have fallen in love with staying in AirBnB’s. The quirky decor and the feeling of home away from home, it’s truly special. To be able to stay in a residential house and live the life of a local for a brief time is quite amazing. It’s so much more fun than a hotel!
I found a beautiful house about 5 minutes drive from the coastal town of Tenby. It had everything we needed, from comfy beds to a beautiful panoramic view of the Pembrokeshire coast line. We had three bedrooms that had three completely different views of Tenby which felt really special and a bathroom that oozed coastal living.
Top Things To Do In Tenby
There’s loads of parking in Tenby and depending on where you want to visit (North or South beach), there’s somewhere to park, which is great for families.
I was so surprised how many amazing gluten free places there are to eat in Tenby. The fish and chip shop we found called Fecci’s of Tenby, has a coeliac menu all of the time!! (Not just one evening a week like some fish and chip shops). As a coeliac the most difficult part of any holiday is finding out if the area I’m staying in caters for my dietary requirement. I’ve had some really unhappy trips, where sometimes whole towns unfortunately do not have any gluten free options and I always get nervous, before I visit small towns. Tenby goes over and above for gluten free options. It’s like every eatery has been educated and has more than one main or dessert option. It really did make my experience so much more special.
We visited Folly Farm, which was fun! I was expecting it to be an actual farm (from the name) but it’s actually a zoo in my opinion. I nearly wore my wellies and there’s paths everywhere. There’s lots of things to do for small children, I’d say from 3 years up roughly. Not much for babies to actively do but the animals are enough for a great experience. It’s somewhere I’d take Ethan again in few years time. The play areas take up half the grounds and they look really fun for the bigger children.
If you fancy venturing a few miles along the coastline, Milford Marina is beautiful. There’s not loads to do but there is some amazing bistros and coffee shops to enjoy, while taking in the incredible views of all the boats and marina. There’s free parking for 3 hours and its a lovely spot to enjoy the sunshine.
The best meal we had in Tenby was at Salty’s restaurant! Located on the north beach. It’s easily accessible with a carpark within two minutes walk. The views of the beach and overall service was excellent. I had the surf and turf and it was sooooo good! Defiantly worth a visit, even if it’s just for a drink! It was very family family, and they couldn’t do enough for Ethan, which was really lovely.
One tip a lovely lady messaged me about on instagram before I went – Don’t be nervous about going into the local pubs. She said everyone is so friendly and you’ll have a great laugh. Now, I’m not really a pub kind of girl but Tenby is different. The culture feels so much more social and not clicky at all. Some coastal town I’ve holidayed in before felt like a ‘them and us’ vibe. Tourists and locals divide. Not Tenby! The locals make it and they are so welcoming, no where felt off limits. We went in what looks like an old mans pub off one of the little streets in the centre of town, it was full on locals and holidaymakers alike. I would definitely pass the same tip on to anyone visiting. Everyone is so welcoming and hospitable.
Overall we had a wonderful week. Ethan LOVED the seagulls, they are HUGE and he was so fascinated! The ice cream was delicious and we didn’t have a bad meal.
Tenby is steeped in history and is surrounded by a medieval wall. It’s like no other place and is definitely worth a staycation if you’ve always wanted to visit the Pembrokeshire coast.
I’ve added my Tenby highlights to my instagram if you’d like to see what I’ve covered above on video. If you follow – www.instagram.com/home.ideology and click on Tenby highlights.