Priory Bay, Caldey Island

Priory Bay is a wide sandy beach set on an island a mile off the coast of Tenby. Caldey Island is owned by Cistercian (trappist) monks and is home to a surprisingly grand monastery. The only way to reach the island is by taking the 20 minute boat ride from Tenby’s Castle Beach - private boat landings are not permitted.

The landing quay is right on the beach at Priory Bay and for many there seems little point of exploring further than this lovely beach with its golden sand backed by low dunes.

The beach is generally considered quite safe for swimming and has a good range of facilities in the nearby village including a cafe and disabled toilets.

The boat service to Priory Bay runs on weekdays from Easter until October, and Saturdays as well from May to September.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on the island but they must be kept on a lead at all times.

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Nearest town



SA70 7UJ

OS grid ref.

SS 1387 9695


parking available in Tenby (Pay and display)

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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