Tenby – ‘Little England beyond Wales’

Dinbych-y-pysgod (Eng. Tenby), that is Fortlet of the fish. A harbour town at Carmarthen Bay, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Until recently it was called Little England beyond Wales as it feels quite anglicised.

Tenby is one of those places where you can still admire old harbour buildings. There is a characteristic arched road which you can see in the photo below. The arches seem to serve as some kind of storage warehouses. The road itself dates back to the revival times of the town (1814).Tenby 2

In the middle ages a castle was built on a hill here (12th c.), and then walls were raised to surround the whole town for protection. Some of those walls have survived until today:

Tenby 2

The castle had four gates, but only the West Gate still stands. The gate is called the Five Arches.

Tenby Five Arches

Tourists, not only from Wales but from the whole Great Britain (especially England) are attracted to come here by the sandy beach:

Tenby beach

Certainly, another attraction is St. Catherine’s Island, which is easily accessible when the tide is low. The Island was unavailable for tours from 1979 till it reopened in 2014. It used to be a grazing field for sheep. Then the only building there was a little church. In 1867 whatever remained of the church was demolished and replaced by a fort which is now available to the public:St Catherine's Island

There is a beautiful St. Mary’s church in the middle of the town. It’s spiky tower can be seen from afar:

Tenby 1

The last glance at Tenby, before we leave…:

Tenby 1b

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