THE ENGLISH EYE IN WALES: THE COASTAL TOWN OF TENBY
Tenby is a small, walled town, with a sheltered harbour that has been a settlement since the 9th century, and probably before, when it most likely began as a hill fort with a commanding position across the Bristol Channel and Celtic Sea.
Thick stone enclosing walls gave the security that allowed Tenby to grow as an important seaport, but continuing battles between the English and Welsh meant that they had to be strengthened many times. Today the walls still surround the Old Town, which for the modern tourist is full of olde worlde charm. Stone steps and narrow alleys (below) characterise this part of Tenby, with plenty of rough-hewn stone buildings that date back hundreds of years.
Shopping in Tenby today seems good for a place of this size, with most of the Old Town dedicated to the tourist trade. If you have a sweet tooth, Welsh Sweets and Treats (below) has to be on your must-visit list.