Caldey Island is owned and run by the Reformed Order of Cistercian monks, who live a simple life farming the island alongside a small village community.
They produce a number of famous homegrown items including chocolate, ice cream, clotted cream, shortbread and yoghurt, plus perfumes and hand lotions derived from wild flowers that grow on the island.
A trip to Caldey Island is different to any of the other attractions in Tenby. The quiet religious atmosphere conjured up by the monastic buildings and lifestyle of the residents is reflected in the beautiful and peaceful wooded surroundings.
The village includes a gift shop, post office, tea gardens and a small museum; while within walking distance are a church, old priory, and lighthouse. Tours of the Monastery itself are available, but are for men only.
Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Many of the hotels in Tenby overlook some of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches and the town itself is home to many restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs all linked by cobbled streets.
Tenby’s hilltop position led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold, which was replaced in medieval times by a Norman Castle and walled town. Part of the town walls survive to this day and are an attractive feature at the entrance to the old town.