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Tenby & the Picturesque Pembroke Coast

Tenby & the Picturesque Pembroke Coast

6 day tour with visits to Britain's smallest city, St David's and the National Botanical Gadens of Wales


6 day tour with visits to Britain's smallest city, St David's and the National Botanical Gadens of Wales


Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, with 2.5 miles of sandy beaches, steeped in ancient history and surrounded by imposing 13th century medieval stone walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse. Other notable features include the 15th century St. Mary's Church; the Tudor Merchant's House ( National Trust); Tenby Museum and Art Gallery; and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, part of Wales' only coastal National Park. Boats sail from Tenby's harbour to the offshore monastic Caldey Island, while St Catherine's Island is a tidal island. 

Caldey Island

Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain's holy islands.

The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times.  More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquillity and peace. The island's population consists of 40 permanent residents and a varying number of Cistercian monks. Today the monks farm the island, chiefly raising dairy cattle, and make a range of items including cheese, shortbread, perfumes and toiletries. The monks and islanders of Caldey are pleased to welcome day-visitors to share the delights of their island home.


St Davids

St Davids is a beautiful and unique city surrounded by some of the finest coastline in Europe. A thriving community, St Davids is a vibrant city with a sense of belonging. A favourite location of artists, travellers, pilgrims and surfers. Sun, sea and scenery. It is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, Wales's patron saint. St Davids was given city status in the 16th century due to the presence of St David's Cathedral but lost this in 1888. City status was restored in 1994 at the request of Queen Elizabeth II.


Picton Castle & Gardens

Picton Castle is a medieval castle near Haverfordwest. Originally built at the end of the 13th century by Sir John Wogan and is still inhabited by his descendants, the Philipps family. Explore the Castle’s rich history, discover the rare trees and plant collections from around the world and enjoy the magnificent Rhododendrons, shady woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden alongside living willow dens. The wildlife is abundant and there’s plenty of space to simply relax on one of the many garden seats to enjoy the tranquility and take in the views.


National Botanic Garden of Wales

The beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales, near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, has been hailed a great success by visitors from far and near who have enjoyed all that the 568-acre parkland has to offer, its historic and futuristic buildings, its horticultural displays and flower meadows, its lakes and walks, its shops and cafes.

The Garden's centrepiece is the Great Glasshouse designed by world-famous architects Norman Foster and Partners Inside the amazing tilted glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape dominated by a six-metre deep ravine. Rock terraces and sheer faces are cut by streams and waterfalls. A lake provides a humid habitat at the foot of the chasm. Visitors are able to experience the aftermath of an Australian bush fire, pause in a Spanish olive grove or wander through collections of fuschias from Chile. There's something for everyone at the Garden of Wales, from the peaceful surroundings of the Japanese Garden, its stream, tea house and cherry trees to the surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica with its specially commissioned film celebrating the world of plants. There are lakeside walks and prairie walks, an opportunity to see the development of the unique Double Walled Garden and be some of the first to see the shoots that will become the Woods of the World in years to come.

Award-winning water sculptures link the past with the present, bringing 1790s garden and lake design side by side with contemporary art design.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria in the morning and head south into South Wales and our resort of Tenby, arriving at the Park Hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.


Day 2

A full day tour west today around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to the historic town of Pembroke, dominated by its magnificent Norman Castle, which is one of the finest and best preserved strongholds in the country. This afternoon we continue via St Brides Bay to Britain’s smallest city, St. David’s with its impressive 12th century cathedral. Dinner on our return to Tenby.

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Day 3

A day at leisure to explore the delightful seaside resort of Tenby, with its attractive harbour, fantastic beaches and narrow cobbled streets in the walled cliff top town, alternatively take a boat trip to Caldey Island, the home of the Cistercian monks who make the famous Caldey Island perfume and chocolate. Dinner at the Park Hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we have a visit to the picturesque seaside resort of Saundersfoot with its pretty harbour overlooking Carmarthen Bay. In the afternoon we will visit Picton Castle and gardens an 850 year old estate with 40 acres of gardens and regarded as Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home, we also include a Welsh cream tea. Dinner at the Park Hotel.

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Day 5

A morning visit today to Laugharne on the river Taf, a paradise for writers, artists and birdwatchers, Dylan Thomas is buried in the churchyard. We then head to Carmarthen and an attraction voted the number 1 wonder of Wales, the National Botanic Gardens, where there is an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside, a stunning range of themed gardens for those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know more about specific plants along with the world’s largest single spanned glasshouse that has the best display of Mediterranean plants in the northern hemisphere. We return to Tenby for a final dinner at the Park Hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Park Hotel following breakfast and return home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Park Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you at the family owned and managed hotel. From the grounds and cliff top terraces, enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking Tenby’s North Bay, the harbour, with it’s backdrop of quaint mulit-coloured houses of the old town – Caldey Island just beyond blending together to give a panorama of unsurpassed beauty.

Delightful home cooked fare, good wine, and welcoming friendly staff will ensure that your stay will be a memorable one.


Our bedrooms compliment the atmosphere of our public rooms with classic décor coupled with modern amenities. Most of our 42 bedrooms have sea-views. Several have the full panoramic spectacle of the North Bay, harbour and Caldy. Other rooms look out over our grounds and to the green of the countryside beyond.

Choose either a double, twin bedded or family room (single room occupancy can be arranged).

Each bedroom has the following amenities: En-suite facilities with bath and overhead shower, Flat-screen television with Freeview facility built in, Wi-fi, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee tray, laundry and dry cleaning service, individual and centrally controlled heating system, hairdryer, radio, room service (from 8am – 11pm), all rooms are non-smoking, iron and ironing board available upon request


Enjoy a candlelit dinner in the warm and elegant dining room, where the team of friendly waiters and waitresses will serve you with varied traditional tasty homemade fare from the table d’hote menus. Quality is key, with locally sourced produce whenever possible. Compliment your meal with a bottle of wine from the selection of new and old world wines. At lunch time a selection of light bar meals are available, which can be enjoyed either in the lounges, on the terraces or at the poolside. Special dietary requirements catered for (advanced notice would be helpful)

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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