Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ hours
The monastic island of Caldey, located three miles off the shore of Tenby, is a fascinating corner of Pembrokeshire.
Travel by coach to Tenby, then board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to the island. It is privately owned by the monastery that dominates the landscape. Cistercian monks first came to Caldey Island in the 6th century but, in the 12th century, a Benedictine order established a priory here. The ruins of the priory are incorporated into the existing Italianate-style abbey that has since reverted to the Cistercians.
You will have plenty of time to walk around the island, see the picturesque monastery overlooking the village green, explore the historic Old Priory, and visit the medieval churches of St David and St Illtud. Alternatively, you might like to walk up to the lighthouse from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Pembrokeshire coast, Tenby and the Prescelly Hills.
Perfume, chocolates and shortbread (made by the monks) are sold on the island. Caldey perfumes and toiletries are famous throughout the area and are inspired by the profusion of wild island flowers and herbs. Finally, a visit to the Video Centre in the village will show you more about life in the monastery.
For your safety, keeping to the established paths is essential. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour does not operate on weekends.