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Caldey Island

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This beautiful little island off the coast at Tenby has whitewashed stone buildings that lend it a Mediterranean feel. The island is best known for its Cistercian order, whose black-and-white-robed monks make a famous perfume from the local plants. You can visit tiny St. Illtud's Church to see the Caldey Stone, an early Christian artifact from circa AD 600, engraved in Latin and ancient Celtic. St. David's Church, on a hill above the village, is a simple Norman chapel noted for its art-deco stained glass. The monastery itself isn't open to the public, but its church has a public viewing gallery if you want to observe a service. Boats to Caldey Island leave from Tenby's harbor every 20 minutes or so between Easter and September.

Sight Information


Caldey Island, SA70 7UJ, Wales



Sight Details:

  • Free; boats £12 round-trip
  • Boats Easter–Oct., weekdays (also Sat. May–Sept) 10–3. Last return usually 5

Published 08/18/2015


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