Probably the most iconic, quaint and charming seaside town in Wales, Tenby was awarded a bronze award for the best UK coastal resort at the British Travel Awards in 2013. The original town of Tenby was called ‘Dinbych y Pysgod’ in Welsh or ‘little town of fishes’ and was established by the Normans as a fortified town. Most of the old town walls still remain today and, with the narrow cobbled streets and medieval houses serve only to add to Tenby’s charm. The town became a popular seaside resort during Georgian and Victorian times. Today the centre of Tenby is a maze of narrow little streets brimming with quirky shops, bars and restaurants. Tenby has four magnificent sandy beaches and a delightful harbour which is always busy with pleasure crafts and the regular ferries which serve nearby Caldey Island monastary a ‘must’ to explore during your stay. Attractions include Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Hill, the oldest independent museum in Wales and the National Trust owned Tudor Merchants House.
Clarence House Hotel
Established in 1938, the Grade II listed Clarence House Hotel has been under the personal supervision of the Phillips family for over seventy years. The hotel is superbly situated in the centre of the Esplanade enjoying panoramic views of the South Shore, St. Catherine’s Island, Castle Beach, Caldey Island, South Beach and Giltar Point. Facilities at the Clarence House include a quiet lounge, Seagull Bar, the tranquil Rose Garden and Caldey View Terrace, the ideal spot to watch the world sail by. The comfortable dining room offers a choice of home cooked cuisine and there is entertainment most evenings. There is a lift to all floors and all 76 bedrooms are en-suite with colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Many bedrooms have either sea front views or look out over the walled garden to the rear of the hotel. The hotel also offers ‘Happy Hours’ daily from 12 – 2pm, 5pm – 6pm and 8pm – 9pm (Residents-only Bar from 7pm).