History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1873 the town council wanted to pull down the medieval walls, but were prevented by the efforts of a certain Dr Chater. As a result, we can get a good idea of what most Welsh medieval town walls would have looked like (leaving aside the very grand and extensive walls at major centres like Caernarfon and Conwy).
As for the castle, it was built on a promontory joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, and linked to the medieval town walls. The most prominent features of the castle are the D-shaped gatehouse, with barbican defenses, and the stump of a stone keep with a stair turret.
This is the smallest 'great tower' of any castle in Wales, and may have been isnpired by the great tower at Pembroke Castle. Beside the gatehouse is the residential block, now serving as the town museum of Tenby. The museum boasts displays on the archaeology, geology, maritime, and natural history of the Tenby area, plus local art and exhibits relating to the Castlemartin (Pembrokeshire) Yeomanry.
About Tenby Castle
Address: Castle Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA70 7BP
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: in Tenby (A478/B4585) on a rocky headland
Website: Tenby Castle
OS: SN131 008
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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