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Tenby North Beach

Tenby North Beach is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing and slipway launching.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the whole of the beach between May-September. Please be a responsible dog owner. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
There are a number of options for getting to Tenby's beaches including a park and ride scheme. The Celtic Trail passes through the town allowing easy access by bike. There is easy access to the beach, which is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. If you are travelling by car, the A478. A4139 and B4318 all lead to Tenby. There are car parks with disabled bays by North Beach and by the harbour, but spaces fill up very quickly. You may find it easier to use the Park & Ride scheme, which operates in summer and is signposted on the way into town. When this isn't operating, it is still easier to park outside the town centre and make the short walk in, as parking can be difficult throughout the year.

Site description
Tenby is Pembrokeshire's premier holiday resort. The beaches have plenty of facilities but are often quite crowded. North Beach is a sweep of golden sand, dotted by occasional rocks including the prominent Goskar Rock, with the harbour and castle at the southern end. The impressive old walled town, with its Norman fortifications and Tudor houses, look down on the beach.

The National Park Authority has been helping residents to conserve the town's character, and there's plenty of historical and architectural interest to be seen whilst taking a stroll. There's a promenade above the beach all the way from the harbour to the cliffs at the north end. Bathing is safe, though beware of the odd rock here and there. The southern end of the beach is quite well sheltered from the predominantly south-westerly winds.

There are toilets including facilities for the disabled and easy access down to the beach. There is a large choice of shops, pubs, resturants and accomodation in Tenby. Slipway launching is also available. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided, so please help keep Tenby beautiful by using the facilities or taking litter home.

Pembrokeshire County Council bathing water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach.

Beach Awards

  • Blue flag
  • Seaside Award (Resort)
  • This is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach.
  • There are seasonal lifeguards at this beach.

Top Tips

  • Why not have a go at lowering your carbon footprint and avoid parking difficulties by using the park and ride service?

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

Healthy You

The health benefits of beaches are almost endless and there are over 50 around the Pembrokeshire Coast, many of them award-winning.


Health terms

RNLI message

  • Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone. If you get in trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.