Must-visit spots in Tenby within a short walk of the Hildebrand
The best places to visit in Tenby within close walking distance
Stroll out of the Hildebrand Tenby and within minutes you’ll find historical buildings harking back to times nearly forgotten and old city walls whispering stories of the past, as well as award-winning beaches that are beautifully maintained and world-renowned.
As well as enjoying the comforts of our bed and breakfast guest house accommodation, you won’t regret setting off to explore your surroundings. Tenby town centre is within easy walking distance and the coast is just a stone’s throw away. We’ve created a list of some of the best spots to visit during your stay along with details of how close they are to the Hildebrand Hotel.
Tenby South Beach – 3-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
You would be forgiven for thinking this beautiful beach belonged to Australia or the Mediterranean. The golden sands and calm waters of the expansive South Beach are regularly framed with sprawling sunsets. Overlooking Caldey Island and backed by sand dunes, there are rocks to climb and rock pools to splash in. Views across the water reach the Gower, and on the clearest days you might see as far as North Devon.
Medieval Town Walls – 3-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
Tenby is home to some of the best-preserved and most historically important town walls in the UK. The impressive Five Arches are just a matter of steps from our guest house, and we recommend you look out for a semi-circular bastion and some surviving towers (there are just six remaining out of an original 24) on South Parade. Grade I listed, these have been called some of the most important surviving medieval city walls in Britain.
Tudor Merchant’s House – 7-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
This little house has lots of history. Cornered with quaint streets and well maintained by the National Trust, the Tudor Merchant’s House is guaranteed to fascinate you. Helpful guides will tell amusing tales as they walk you through what life was like for the ancestors of this seaside town, with interactive games, quizzes and the chance to dress up in ye-olde attire.
Tenby Harbour – 9-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
Sailing boats are dotted along the shore of Tenby Harbour, with colourful houses perched behind. Visit this picturesque setting at low tide to find the golden sands of Harbour Beach, previously voted the most beautiful beach in Europe, positioned between the boats and the old town walls. From Tenby Harbour you can sail to the Monastic Island of Caldey, where the Cistercian Order live and work, or take a boat trip around the island to look for seals and observe the local wildlife.
Tenby Castle Beach – 10-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
Named the best in the UK, this beautifully clean beach disappears almost entirely at high tide! Paddle in the sea, enjoy picnics on the sand and search for seashells in the spring and summer. Stroll alongside the dog walkers as you admire the caves in the winter and autumn months. Year round, this is a lovely place to enjoy fresh sea air with a backdrop of cliffs and brightly-coloured homes. This is the closest beach to town, with shops, pubs and cafes nearby.
St Catherine’s Island – 12-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
Home to a Palmerston fort with spectacular views of Tenby and out to sea, this charming landmark has plenty of history. Walk up steps carved out of stone to find a WW2 anti-aircraft gun as your tour guide provides fascinating insights into the history of the island. Opening times depend on tides and the weather, but even when closed, you can admire the island from the beach.
Lifeboat station – 12-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
Wonderful seafront views stretch out from one of the largest and busiest lifeboat stations in Wales, which is filled with information about the history of Tenby. Take a look at their website to find out about practice launch times to get a glimpse of the crews in action. Nearby the lifeboat station you can also see its former home, which has been renovated into a residential property. You might recognise it from featuring on Grand Designs!
Tenby North Beach – 12-minute walk from the Hildebrand Hotel
One of the most photographed views in Wales, North Beach looks out over Carmarthen Bay and is recognisable by the Goskar rock in the middle. Of all Tenby’s beaches, this one is the most sheltered from the wind, making it a great choice for walks, games and family time. Along with South Beach, Harbour Beach and Castle Beach, North Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag, making Tenby one of the UK’s cleanest holiday destinations.
Wherever you choose to visit in Tenby, this seaside town promises to treat you to beautiful, clean surroundings, thousands of years of history and a friendly local community ready to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.