Whilst holidaying at Ashby House, there are a multitude of attractions within easy reach, perfect for those summer days. Please find below a very small selection of the various things to do.
Within easy driving range of Tenby, Pembrokeshire is host to some spectacular theme parks.. Amongst them are Oakwood – roller coaster heaven; Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo – winner of both the Best Family Day Out in Pembrokeshire and Best Family Day Out in Wales. Heatherton Activities Sports and Theme Park – Family leisure park whose activities include paintball, karting, golf and archery. Manor House Wildlife Park – See the rhinos, gibbons, camels and much more.
Within walking distance of Ashby House, Tenby Golf Club is the Oldest Affiliated Golf Course in Wales and one of the finest links courses in the Principality. Those who find their way to this beautiful corner of Pembrokeshire will be richly rewarded with a classic links experience. The undulating fairways have been ‘over 120 years in the making’, with golf having been played on this land since circa 1875. Already renowned as the birthplace of Welsh golf (est. 1888), Tenby G.C. features as one of only eight Welsh courses in the second edition of “The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses” .Having already featured in the UK’s top 100, as well as top 10 best value courses, Tenby is now extremely proud to feature as the 2nd highest ranked course in Wales, ahead of some great courses such as The Twenty 10 course at Celtic Manor, Royal St David’s and Aberdovey. In addition to this, Golf Monthly’s Jeremy Ellwood stayed and played the course and left this Golf Monthly Review. Located within walking distance of the famous Old harbour town of Tenby. The famous Tenby Links, traditionally situated between the sea and railway offers stunning vistas of the sea and the monastic island of Caldey.
Barafundle Bay is approximately 13 miles from Tenby, but well worth a visit as it is reputedly the most beautiful bay in Pembrokeshire. In 2004, Barafundle Bay was included in a list of the Top 12 beaches in the world. The Good Holiday Guide also said that it was the ‘best beach in Britain’. In 2006, it was voted the best place in the United Kingdom for a picnic by Country Life magazine. It is a remote, slightly curved, east-facing sandy beach near Stackpole Quay and is part of the Stackpole Estate, managed by The National Trust. The beach, as the whole Stackpole Estate, used to be owned by the Cawdor family of Stackpole Court and was their private beach. On the northern approach to the beach are steps and a wall which were built by the owners to ease access to the beach. There is no road access directly to the beach. The nearest car park is at Stackpole Quay which charges £5 per day between March and October. (Please Check). It is free to park after 17:30. Access to the beach is via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path either from Stackpole Quay or from Broad Haven South. The walk from Stackpole Quay is 0.5 miles and 1.3 miles from Broad Haven South. Both approaches are unsuitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs owing to uneven terrain and sand.
Caldey Island, just about 3 miles off the coast at Tenby, is home to a small village, but is best known for its monastery. It is one of Britain’s holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition, which began there in Celtic times. Caldey Island is separated from the mainland by the Caldey Sound and boats sail to the island from Tenby during the summer months from the Castle Beach or the harbour depending on the tide, Boats run from early April to late September, every half an hour from 10:30 onwards. Regular round-the-island nature trips are also available. As the island is a religious community, it is closed every Sunday.. Attractions on Caldey include a Norman chapel, a twelfth-century church, the sixth-century Ogham cross, and the twentieth-century Abbey Caldey Lighthouse was built in 1828. You may also be lucky enough to see grey seals. The principal income for the island is tourism, with perfume, shortbread and chocolate production providing income. The monastery opened an internet shop in 2001. Their lavender perfume is said to be “simply the best lavender soliflore on earth” by the perfume critic Luca Turin. The island also provides a spiritual retreat throughout the year.
Carew Castle, situated approximately 5 miles from Tenby, is still owned by the Carew family but is leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park who administer it. With a history spanning 2000 years, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house. The castle overlooks a 23 acre millpond with the only restored tidal mill in Wales. On the main road at the entrance to Carew Castle stands an impressive 11th century Celtic Cross. The whole area is linked by a one mile circular walk which affords spectacular views of the castle and an easy access path for wheelchairs and buggies. With a picnic site also available this is certainly a great day for the whole family to enjoy. For details of events and activities at the castle please click here for further information.
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