Tenby is a picturesque walled town with sandy beaches to either side of a rocky headland. Its Welsh name Dinbych y Pysgod means the Fortlet of the Fishes. The town walls were strengthened as recently as 1588 to meet the challenge of the Spanish Armada. More recently again, the fort on the tidal island of St Catherine was built in 1869. Tenby has a RNLI lifeboat station which has recently being rebuilt to accommodate a new range of larger lifeboats.
The parish church of St Mary is a splendid late medieval building with some lovely alabaster monuments and a ‘cadaver tomb’ with a gruesome stone carving of a rotting corpse. The ‘Tudor Merchants’ House’ is also worth a visit as a good example of a prosperous trader’s home with carved fireplaces and wall paintings. Round these are narrow streets full of pubs and craft shops.