Often referred to as “Wales’ most beautiful beach,” Manorbier Beach is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area, Manorbier Bay. The sandy shoreline at Manorbier beach is surrounded by cliffs and dunes, and the spectacular landscape makes the region particularly popular with walkers and cyclists.
In addition to being surrounded by low sandstone cliffs and traversed by a small stream, the beach is mainly comprised of coarse sand and fossiliferous pebbles at the top, with fine sand at the bottom of the beach. An extensive section of the famed Pembrokeshire Coastal Path extends from Manorbier to Tenby, attracting many people to the beach.
Swimming and surfing are two of the most popular pastimes here at Manorbier, but the beach is an excellent location for a variety of activities including canoeing and angling. At low tide, rock pooling is also a popular way to spend the hours. In the summer, the water and beach can get very crowded, so it is suggested to arrive early if you are planning on partaking in any watersports or activities.
Manorbier beach is overlooked by the 12th Century Church of St. James and the medieval Manorbier Castle. For history and archaeology lovers, there is King’s Quoit, a burial chamber (circa 3000BC). Partly supported by the earth and partly by the three small uprights the capstone of this Neolithic chambered tomb stands less than a metre above the ground but measures a massive 4.5 metres by 2.5 metres.
There can be few more beautiful places to spend a couple of hours on a warm summer’s day, and it is obvious that the original tomb builders shared the same idea except here the bones of the dead would have eternity to enjoy the view.
There is Pay and Display car park situated in the valley behind the beach. It has a Pay-by-Phone facility (we advise taking change, as the phone signal is weak). There are toilet facilities and two bicycle stands and usually an ice-cream van in summer.
Access to the shore is along a level gravelled path. Free roadside parking overlooking the bay can be found a little further along the lane, this being popular with surfers. The village is only in short walking distance and has a tea-room, pub, shop and post office. Manorbier rail station is about 1¼ miles away.
The village is only in short walking distance and has a tea-room, pub, shop and post office. Manorbier rail station is about 1¼ miles away.