Less than a mile from Tenby is one of Britain's holiest islands, the picturesque island of Caldey. Caldey has a history stretching back more than 1500 years when the first Celtic monastery was built in the 5th century. Since the early 20th century it’s been home to a group of Cistercian monks, who farm the land and sell their produce to visitors who make their way to the island between Easter and October to enjoy its beautiful setting and rich history.
Caldy is a haven for wildlife with many rare species of flora and fauna found on its shores. Sandy beaches, hidden coves and walks that offer incredible views back towards the mainland make Caldy a popular choice for visitors to the area.
The only connection for the residents of Caldy (of which there is less than 100) to the mainland is a boat that ferries them, and visitors, back and forth several times a day. The island is closed on Sundays and does not welcome visitors.
You leave the boat at the jetty in Priory Bay and make your way up onto the island to start exploring.
There is a little village shop which sells chocolate and perfume made by the Monks. You can also visit the chocolate factory to see how it’s made. Visit the monetary, Sy Iltyd’s Church and St David’s Church, take the coastal path which takes you right around the island, and up to the lighthouse and enjoy the stunning views.
There are no vehicles and no public transport on the island, so you will have to make your way everywhere on foot. Paths are uneven and difficult to walk if you have limited ability.
The boat operates from Monday to Saturday around every 20 to 30 minutes.
Tickets are purchased from the Caldey Island Kiosk in Tenby harbour.