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The Monastery and Post Office on Caldey Island
A twenty minutes boat ride will take you from the pretty harbour of Tenby to the wonderful peaceful oasis that is Caldey Island. Caldey is one of Britain's Holy Islands, with a monastic history which goes back 1500 years. The Benedictine order of Monks are still practising on the Island to this day. A pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the boat landing stage will take you to the heart of the village. As you approach, you will fail to notice the magnificent Monastery building standing high up on the hillside before you. Here the Monks go about their daily routines, starting with Vigils at 3.30am! Visitors are not allowed inside the Monastery but you can get a good view of the exterior and its' impressive architectural features from the paths around the village.
In the village you will find a gift shop, perfumery and a lovely little museum (free) situated within the post office. If you're lucky to visit Caldey Island on a nice, dry day like me, the tea rooms are a must! The cakes (especially the Bara Brith) are very nice indeed. The outside seating area is on the common, just below the Monastery so the views are outstanding.
There are walks around the Island which will take you to the Old Priory which was the home of Benedictine Monks in Medieval times. The oldest part of this building is Priors tower, thought to have been built by a Norman nobleman, Robert Fitzmartin in 1113. Near the Old Priory, you will find the Chocolate Factory sadly this was closed during our visit but you can purchase the tasty Caldey Island Chocolate from the Post Office, gift shop or if you forget, the Caldey Island gift shop in Tenby. From the Priory, we followed the lane upwards towards the lighthouse which stand on the Southern headland. The lighthouse build in 1829, is still a working light and works in conjunction with the Lundy North Light to aid navigation in the Bristol Channel. The area around the lighthouse provides a perfect picnic spot, dramatic cliff top scenery with views out to Lundy Island on a clear day. For those looking for a nice stroll, there are some lovely cliff paths and woodland walks in and around Caldey Island.
Back in the village, if you follow the path below the Monastery, you will find some steps leading upwards to the Abbey Church, where the Monks begin their daily round of services at an unearthly hour! The gallery of the Church is open to the public at all times. St Davids Church is not far away, this is an ancient Church which dates from Norman times but the foundation and possible parts of the stonework of the nave are thought to be those of a Celtic Chapel built in the 6th Century. In the churchyard are simple wooden crosses which mark the graves of monks and islanders, it is the present day cemetery. In the porch of the church you can read the obituaries of many of the people buried here. Just down the hill St Davids Church, you will find the Old School Room, here you can see a really interesting short film about the Monks of Caldey Island (the full DVD can be purchased in the shop),
The boats regularly run back to the mainland - be sure to ask the time of the last boat back. The tide was out when we chose to return to the mainland, we were transferred to the boat by a World War II landing craft which drove on the beach and then we were transferred to the boat which was waiting for us out in the bay.
All in all, Caldey Island is a great day out when visiting Tenby and is well worth the £11.00 return boat trip.
Keeping a look out!
Manor House Wildlife Park was taken over by well-known British TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and her family in 2008. Since then it has been transformed from a Zoo where animals were caged up to a fantastic spacious Wildlife Park where the animals have salubrious homes and acres of space to roam in if they need it. The life and times of the Wildlife park have been well documented in the TV series - Anna's Welsh Zoo.
You can start your tour of the park in the Wallaby Walk through. The red-necked Wallabies are really friendly and will hop up to you to see if you have anything edible to give them. We visited in May so were fortunate to see lots of little Joey's. The gravel path will then take you on a tour past the Camels, Zebra's, Ostrich's, Emu's and then around to the star attraction - Lisa and Steve the Gibbons who also had a very small baby to look after. As you walk around you will also find flamingo's, Marmocet's, Ring tailed lemur's, meerkats, goats and Giant tortoises. I'm sure I've missed some out but it was great fun walking around watching these great animals. There is a lovely looking cafe in the main house, just in front of a huge picnic area if you decide to bring your own food. The picnic area is designed especially with the little ones in mind. It has space hoppers, ride-along cars, see saws and lots of little tee-pee type shelters for the children to play in. There is a nice gift shop near the cafe.
All in all we were kept occupied and fully entertained for over two hours.
Adult - £9.95
Child - £7.95 (4-17)
OAP - £7.95
Free for ages 3 and under.
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Address: St Florence,Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8RJ
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St Catherines Fort
The Island just off Castle Beach in Tenby is home to St Catherines Fort. This is one of the defences built in the 1860's to protect the Welsh Pembrokshire coast from the threat of French invasion. It has gun embrasures down both the northern and southern sides, with large, circular, corner emplacements at each of the seaward, eastern corners for guns on the roof.
It saw no action, and was eventually decommissioned and sold off. It has since been used, unsuccessfully for a number of purposes, the strangest being a zoo, and is now unused but still in private hands. The fort can be reached at low tide but is inaccessable.
Directions: Just off Castle beach.
An unknown Norman built the first Castle here. The castle dates from 1153 but the visible ruins on the cliff above the sea are from later additions. Over the years the 13th Century Town Walls took over as the main defence of Tenby. On the top of Castle Hill you can see the only remaining Castle Tower.
Castle Hill & Gardens
This is a lovely area for a stroll or a picnic on a Summers day. As you walk up to the hill you'll pass St Catherines Fort on you right hand side and will have some great views of Caldey Island in the distance. There are plenty of benches in this area for you to take in your surroundings. There is a little Museum half way up and guess what? as the name suggests, at the top of the hill you will find the remains of one of the towers of Tenby Castle.
Directions: Follow the signposts from the Harbour.
Tenby Town Walls
The town walls encircle the medieval town of Tenby. They date back as far as 1260. In 1457 Jasper Tudor, earl of Pembrokeshire, made the walls stronger.
Interestingly, the arrow slots which can be seen along the top of the town walls, used to be homes for hundreds of pigeons nesting in Tenby. Unfortunately due to the damage these birds were doing to the historical walls they no longer nest there as the slots are all now blocked up. The walls were so strong that they were used for battle and substantial ruins are still here today.
The houses on the Esplanade overlooking the harbour in Tenby are painted all different pastel shade of blues, pinks and yellows. It looks really pretty and adds to the character of this wonderful seaside resort.
Directions: Overlooking the harbour area.
Tudor Merchant House
The Tudor Merchant's House looks like a great place to visit while in Tenby. It was closed while we were there so we could only view the exterier. The property is owned by the National trust and depicts life for the Tudor Merchant and his family some 500 years ago.
The House is open between 22-Mar - 31-Oct-10
Admission Prices: adult £3, child £1.50, family £7.50
Address: Quay Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7BX
St Mary's Church
When St Mary’s was built in Tenby in 1210, Wales was a part of Catholic Christendom, the Magna Carta had not been signed and the Normans were building castles to control the land by force.
First recognised as a church when Gerald of Wales, one of the nation’s most revered religious figures, became rector, St Mary’s celebrates its 800th anniversary in February 2010.
There are some lovely features inside, stained glass windows and lovely sculptures.
At the rear of the Church there is a peaceful memorial garden complete with Water feature. We didnt need to admire this at the time of our visit as it was raining very heavily creating waterfalls all around us!!
Directions: Right in the centre of Tenby.
With four different beaches to choose from you really are spoilt here. The sand and sea are spotlessly clean too. The beaches are close to the town so popping into town for a spot of lunch isn't a problem. Three of the beaches, North Beach, Harbour Beach and Castle Beach are very close to the town. South Beach will involve a walk at low tide or a car journey to reach it.
Directions: Walk downwards through the town - you'll eventually come to an area with lots of sand with green-blue water lapping its' shores.
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