Ilkeston Cam On Holiday 2002 - South West Wales
Part 13 - Tenby
The photos on this page were taken on Wednesday 17th July
No visit to this part of Wales would be complete
without a look at the seaside resort of Tenby.
Noted for its well preserved town walls, Tenby also boasts a
number of mediaeval alleyways. Caldey Island lies a little offshore
and has been a monastic settlement for over 1500 years. The present
order of Reformed Cistercians who have been there since the 1920s
were traditionally farmers but have now developed a thriving
trade in perfume and chocolate to cater for the summer tourist
industry. This shop on the right, at the top of one of those
mediaeval alleyways provides a mainland outlet for their produce.
The building in the centre of the first picture and seen here
face on also dates from mediaeval times. It has been well restored,
houses the National Trust Information Centre and is known as
the Tudor Merchant's House.
Continuing to the bottom of the alley and turning right presents
one of the classic views of Tenby Harbour with the brightly coloured
Georgian buildings above St Julian's Seaman's Church. In the
distance on Castle Hill can be seen the few surviving ruins of
A footpath leads around Castle Hill from where, on a clear day,
the North Devon coast may be seen. The Gower Peninsula is also
visible far left, Caldey Island to the right and St Catherine's
Island with its fort lies just a few hundred yards away.
On the northern side of the Castle Hill promontory, Tenby's Lifeboat
Station with its long slipway stretching into the sea is the
All the footpaths around Castle Hill and walkways to the town's
beaches were created during the Victorian period, as was the
landscaping around the Welsh national monument to Prince Albert
that was erected on the crest of the hill in 1865.