Things To Do On Holiday

Caldey Island

Caldey Island

Learn the history of this fascinating place

A pleasant boat trip from Tenby Harbour takes you to this beautiful and fascinating island. Caldey has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and has been home to various orders of monks since Celtic times. It is now owned by monks of the Cistercian Order, whose picturesque monastery overlooks the Village Green and the pretty cottages of the islanders.

You can explore the historic Old Priory and the medieval churches of St David and St Illtud, or join the free guided walk for a closer look at the island's heritage. You may like to drop in at the Video Centre to find out more about life in the Monastery. Visitors are also welcome to attend the one of the short chanted services in the Abbey Church, which form part of the daily prayer life of the monks.

In the village you can buy the perfumes, chocolate and shortbread made on the island. The Village Post Office is also a museum giving an interesting insight into Caldey's history. Postcards and special covers are franked with the Caldey Island handstamp.

A walk up to the Lighthouse opens up spectacular panoramic views of the Pembrokeshire Coast, Tenby and the Preseli Hills, the Gower Peninsula and Lundy Island.

Or you may prefer simply to relax on the expansive sandy beach at Priory Bay, perhaps enjoy an unhurried snack at the Tea Gardens, or take a leisurely picnic in the peaceful, pollution-free surroundings of this unique island.