The Canine guide to Tenby holiday cottages

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The Canine guide to Tenby

Kate W 29 September 2020

Escape to this beautiful corner of Wales and use our Canine guide to Tenby to get to know this dog-friendly holiday destination.

This charming seaside town set on the Pembrokeshire coast may appear to be a classic Wales coastal town, however, we are pleased to inform you that it is special because it’s a remarkably dog-friendly place for a break with the whole pack.

With attractions in Tenby offering agility courses, dog-friendly cafes where your pup can enjoy their very own menu, and dog-friendly beaches welcoming canine companions year-round, this town is about the closest thing we could find to doggy heaven!

Begin planning your getaway by reading through this dog-friendly Tenby guide or click the button below to get inspired by our collection of dog-friendly cottages throughout this wonderful town.

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๐Ÿถ Top things to do

๐Ÿพ Top dog walks

๐Ÿ–๏ธ Top beaches

๐Ÿด Top dining spots

๐ŸŒฟ Towns and villages nearby

๐Ÿก Top places to stay

Dog-friendly things to do in Tenby

Tenby Boat Trips

Tenby Boat Trips

Best way to take in the sea and coastline: See historic Caldey Island and dramatic St. Margaret’s Island on a Tenby boat trip with the dogs where you can smell the salty sea spray on the breeze and listen to the melodic sounds of the waves all around. Cruise down the coast and you will also spot villages clinging to the shoreline, the golden sand of beaches, and a host of birdlife swooping high above. It is requested that you take your dog for a suitable walk before to ensure they are calm when onboard the cruise, and that way they can unwind by your side. 

Why your dog will love it: There’s so much to see and it’s such a cool way to travel, your hound may well spend all his or her time looking around and trying to take it all in. 

Heatherton World of Activities

Heatherton World of Activities

Best dog-friendly family day out near Tenby: If you’re searching for a big family-friendly day out, Heatherton World of Activities, just 4 miles outside of Tenby, welcomes dogs on leads so you can all enjoy a fun-filled trip. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained during your holiday with high ropes, jumping pillows and even soft play for tiny tots. Archery, mini golf, a hedge maze, water pedalos, bumper boats, a dragon slide, and even escape rooms are just some of the fantastic highlights you can find at this attraction, and there are a couple of restaurants and cafes too where you can grab a bite when you and the kids need a break from all that excitement.

Why your dog will love it: They have a dedicated dog agility course on-site at this dog-friendly attraction in Tenby to challenge your pup! There are ten obstacles to tackle including a tunnel, hurdles and zig zags and a bowl of refreshing water that can be found outside reception. 

Carew Castle

Carew Castle

Best historical day out: This popular dog attraction sits 7 miles from Tenby and offers a wealth of history for humans and their best friends to discover alongside a shop and café where you can rest your feet and paws while enjoying a snack. You’ll be impressed by the stunning location as Carew Castle overlooks an incredible 23-acre millpond. On a beautiful day, the castle’s reflection in the water is breathtaking. The castle is part Norman fortress, part Elizabethan mansion, and the tidal mill dates back to the early 19th century. There’s also a wonderful mile-long circular walk suitable for wheelchairs and buggies so you can stretch your legs while here.

Why your dog will love it: Dogs are welcome on short leads to visit the castle and tidall mill and there are beautiful grounds to wander while here – your pup will be exhausted after a day’s exploration at this beautiful site!

Dog walks around Tenby

Allen’s View

Allenโ€™s View Tenby

Best dog-friendly forest walk: Escape to this hilltop woodland with your four-pawed pal for a dog-friendly forest walk in Tenby where you can soak up the tranquil atmosphere and take in views of Tenby, Penally and Monkstone Point. Allen’s View is a kind of ‘secret garden’ and a lesser-known location for a ramble with around 180 mature trees, paths that wind through the site and benches where you can rest for a moment as you wander.

Why your dog will love it: There’ll be plenty of scent trails to sniff out and sticks for a good game of fetch to discover throughout this hilltop woodland.

Tenby to Saundersfoot

Tenby to Saundersfoot Dog Walk

Best coastal dog walk near Tenby: This meandering 5-mile path follows the Pembrokeshire coastline from bustling Tenby to tranquil Saundersfoot and it is the ideal way to take in the ever-changing scenery of this corner of the UK. Rocky outcrops give way to sandy beaches and grassy slopes offering lots of excitement for pups and beautiful scenery for humans to uncover on a coastal walk.

Why your dog will love it: Your canine companion will have a great time discovering this coast path by your side and there’s the wonderful Saundersfoot Beach where your pup can cool off their paws and splash about when you’ve reached your destination. 

Tenby Ghost Walk

Tenby Ghost Walk

Best walk for uncovering Tenby’s legendary past: This must be one of the more intriguing walks you could take during your time here. Yes, there are plenty of impressive coast and country routes all around this enchanting region, but a guided ghost tour of the town is a great chance for a stroll while getting to know this fantastic holiday destination. Promising tales of fairies, witches and murder, it’s a light-hearted tour and has been named by the Sunday Times as one of the top five ghost walks in Britain. Get ready for a spooky town adventure!

Why your dog will love it: While they may not be so interested in the storytelling, we’re sure your pup will be very happy enjoying a stroll around their holiday neighbourhood. 

Dog-friendly beaches near Tenby

North, Harbour and South Beach

North, Harbour and South Beach

Best dog-friendly beach in town: The first question your playful pup wants answered is ‘are dogs allowed on Tenby’s beaches?’ Of course they are! You’ve got three sandy beaches to choose from: North Beach, Harbour Beach, and South Beach. The first two do have summer restrictions, but South Beach welcomes our four-pawed friends all year round to scamper across the sand!

Why your dog will love it: South Beach, in particular, is Tenby’s most popular dog-walking beach so chances are, your pet will have the opportunity to make a few four-pawed friends and, if you visit on quieter days, there’s still plenty of space to run and play.

Penally Beach

Penally Beach

Best dog-friendly beach for a family day out: For more dog-friendly beaches near Tenby, you can walk down the coast at low tide from South Beach to unspoilt Penally Beach, where dogs are welcome all year. This delightful beach is backed by dunes and has a wheelchair-accessible path through the golf course behind it. Cyclists can enjoy this stretch of shore too via the Celtic Way which passes close by. It sweeps along the coast in a crescent shape and offers wide-open spaces for soaking up the sun, cosy nooks for sunset BBQs, and shallow waters where your beach-loving dogs can splash about and enjoy a paddle.

Why your dog will love it: There’s sand to dig, space to play fetch, and waves to chase at this classic family beach – what’s not to love?

Wisemans Bridge Beach

Wisemans Bridge Beach

Best dog-friendly beach for walking and exploration: This intriguing dog-friendly beach near Tenby is reached via a network of tunnels and trails providing a wonderful selection of walking routes, popular with ramblers, before you even hit the beach - your four-pawed pal will be very impressed with a day out to this coastal spot. Nearby Amroth Beach is a great choice for families but can get busy and has dog restrictions during the summer months so Wiseman’s is a hidden gem to discover with your canine companion during your stay in Pembrokeshire. A mix of sand and rocks makes up this beach which backs onto a pebble bank, and there’s a lovely expanse of sand to enjoy at low tide - you might also get to see the remains of an ancient drowned forest.

Why your dog will love it: You and your canine pal can really have the chance to stretch your legs as you explore the tunnels and trails behind the beach.

Dog-friendly places to eat in Tenby

The Fuchsia Caffe

The Fuchsia Caffe - dog-friendly cafe in Tenby

Best dog-friendly café in Tenby (and in Pembrokeshire!): This seaside gem has previously won the award for 'The Best Dog-Friendly Cafe or Restaurant in Pembrokeshire', making this dog-friendly café in Tenby a must-visit for you and your four-pawed mutt. With paninis, platters and a children’s menu for human families visiting this wonderful place to eat, plus a special dog menu too, no-one will miss out on a drink and tasty treat when you stop by. The cafe has been finalists in multiple other awards too and sells products to take away, including an afternoon tea hamper, so you can enjoy a special meal back in the comfort of the garden at your Tenby holiday cottage.

Why your dog will love it: The award-winning service and the doggy menu will ensure your canine companion is more than pleased with this choice of eatery.

The Hope & Anchor

The Hope & Anchor - dog-friendly pub in Tenby

Best dog-friendly pub in Tenby for a tasty steak: A traditional, warming country pub in the heart of town, this dog-friendly pub in Tenby is just the place to slow it down after days rushing about the Pembrokeshire countryside and coast. Settle in for a full roast or a couple of pints with your travel companions while your canine companion snoozes under the table or awaits titbits that may drop off unsuspecting plates. It’s a lovely stop to refuel with good food in a charming atmosphere, and we hear the steak sauce on offer is especially delicious!

Why your dog will love it: The warm and cosy vibe will soon send your tired pup off to sleep for a well-deserved afternoon nap while the humans enjoy their meal. They also provide water bowls to ensure all canines passing by are well cared for.

The Buccaneer Inn

The Buccaneer Inn - dog-friendly pub in Tenby

Best beer garden both dogs and their humans will love: With a delightful menu of fresh local seafood and homemade curries on offer, this dog-friendly restaurant and café in Tenby is a wonderful find in the heart of this seaside town. Head here for a light lunch as you explore or book in for a family dinner with the whole pack, and unwind in this relaxed, welcoming setting, dog at your feet. There are lots of tables set out front and a wonderful beer garden in the back that claims to be the ‘sunniest beer garden in Tenby’!

Why your dog will love it: The sunny beer garden at this dog-friendly pub in Tenby is a favourite among our four-pawed best friends who can relax in the fresh air while their humans enjoy a meal out. 

Dog-friendly towns and villages nearby



Best seaside resort near Tenby: With its own impressive dog-friendly beach, Saundersfoot is a great choice for dogs and their humans keen to spend days by the coast. If you fancy a change of scene from Tenby’s three magnificent beaches during your Pembrokeshire holiday, Saundersfoot is the perfect place for seaside days of sandcastle building, beach BBQs, and sea swimming. This large village can be walked to from Tenby and provides shops and places to eat, so you’re well set if you need to pick up any amenities on your day out.

Why your dog will love it: With expanses of sand for beach games, rocky coves waiting to be discovered and plenty of dog-friendly pubs and cafes in the village, it’s a great day out for the whole pack.



Best dog-friendly destination for historical interest: This ancient heart of Pembrokeshire is the perfect place to head to delve into local history with the settlement dating back to prehistoric Britain. Take a walk around the town to spot historically significant buildings such as Pembroke Town Hall, St Mary’s Church, National School, Barnard’s Tower and the medieval Town Walls. End your visit with a stop at one of the local dog-friendly pubs, Royal George. Pembroke is a good choice for canines and is believed to have been established in 1780, relatively new by Pembroke standards but still old enough for a grand atmosphere full of heritage.

Why your dog will love it: Your dog will always love the chance for a day of walking,  sniffing out the new scents and the smells and meeting friendly passers-by in this ancient town. 



Best for a peaceful day of exploration: This idyllic destination on the Pembrokeshire coast sits on a protected inlet and is surrounded by cliffs and hills covered in ancient woodland, perfect for forest walks with your dog. Fishguard is home to a couple of annual music festivals and two delightful weekly markets where you can pick up fresh produce to cook up at your cottage. Dyffryn Fernant Garden is an attraction that welcomes dogs on short leads, and there are independent shops and galleries in town to pop into, while Strumble Head and Gwaun Valley are two beautiful natural spaces for walkies.

Why your dog will love it: Older dogs may enjoy the peaceful nature of this lovely town, while there are also plenty of chances to get close to nature on walks through the gardens or out in the valley. 

Dog-friendly cottages in Tenby

Puddleduck Cottage, Tenby | sleeps 5 and 2 dogs

Puddleduck Cottage, Tenby | sleeps 5 and 2 dogs

Best family-friendly quirky cottage: Wonderfully traditional from the outside yet full of character and charm the moment you step inside, this cosy cottage provides the perfect base for families ready to get out and about exploring dog-friendly Tenby and the fantastic surrounds. A rug sits in front of the sitting room wood burner just waiting for your dog to curl up on at the end of the day for a snooze, while a TV and sumptuous sofas ensure the whole family can unwind in comfort. Out back, a grassy lawn provides running-around space for children and pets, while three bedrooms offer crisp sheets to sink into when night falls.

The Cwtch Saundersfoot, Saundersfoot | sleeps 2 and 1 dog

The Cwtch Saundersfoot, Saundersfoot | sleeps 2 and 1 dog

Best for hiding away from the world: Vibrant colours, chic furnishings and a sweet bedstead create a charm-infused atmosphere for a two-person break to the coast. It’s a small but endearing escape with 23 steps leading up to this secret retreat and trees all around adding an element of privacy. An enchanting garden with a picnic table is the perfect place for a nightcap beneath the stars while your dog snoozes on the grass, and all the amenities of Saundersfoot, including the sands of The Glen Beach, are a short stroll away for memorable morning dog walks.

Oak Tree House, Saundersfoot | sleep 8 and 2 dogs

Oak Tree House, Saundersfoot | sleep 8 and 2 dogs

Best retreat for a group: A super-stylish holiday let with a high, beamed ceiling, large windows flooding the property with light, and exquisite touches including copper lights and a roll-top bath; impress all your guests with a holiday to this cottage near Tenby. There’s plenty of outdoor space where the dogs can race and play fetch while, down the road, a delightful farm shop offers discounts to guests of Oak Tree House so you can cook up a treat with fresh local produce.

Dog-friendly Tenby is the perfect place for your next break with your canine companion and, if you are keen to learn about more dog-friendly places to visit all across this region, have a read of our Canine guide to South Wales.

Pick out your perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage in Tenby from our collection and look forward to a relaxing getaway to this beautiful destination in South Wales.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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