St Catherine’s Island – Fascinating Tenby history
The fort visible from the beaches in Tenby has a fascinating history and is well worth a trip to see – but be careful of the tides!
The island that once housed St Catherine’s church was commandeered by the Victorians at the time of national danger from Napoleon and his potential to invade Great Britain. One of many Palmerston fortifications around the coast, by the time it was finished the threat had subsided, leaving a fabulously designed and built military fortification, with gun emplacements, barracks, powder rooms and messes. Having then been purchased and turned int a sumptuous private residence, ended its days as Tenby Zoo (yes really!) and is now a very popular tourist attraction for Tenby visitors.
Check the tide times for when guided tours and exhibitions are available.