With its strategic position on the far west coast of the British Isles, and a natural sheltered harbour from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, Tenby was a natural settlement point.
Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-pysgod, meaning little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish) is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales, on the western side of Carmarthen Bay.
Notable features of Tenby include 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of sandy beaches; the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse; 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. The town is served by Tenby railway station.