Caldey Abbey

Caldey Abbey, Caldey Island: Address, Caldey Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Caldey Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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Cistercian Monks, who have lived on Caldy Island for more than 1,500 years, produce perfume that is available in nearby Tenby.
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK11,795 contributions
What a fantastic day on this truly lovely and stunning island
Sep 2021
This review is about Caldey island as a complete experience as there doesn't seem to be a TA review site for this purpose and as at September 2021 the monastery was still closed because of covid.

We got the first boat across at 10am which because of the tide left from Tenby beach although you pay at the top end of the nearby harbour. A c 15/20 minute journey across to Caldey Island in an open boat taking c 20 passengers. Caldey is a photographers paradise and there are nice views of Priory beach and the odd house approaching the island.

A shortish but attractive walk from the jetty to the island centre/village with the Post Office, cafe, Green and shops and of course the Abbey which dominates the skyline.

We decided to do an island walk and headed uphill to the lighthouse on an absolutely glorious sunny, mid September day. The island, mainly coastal walk was a real joy with spectacular views of the coast and sea and even excellent views back to Tenby. At a viewing point we were lucky to see a seal in the sea..

There are some absolutely stunning sandy beaches on Caldey but sadly not accessible to the public - the only one that is, is Priory beach adjacent to where you arrive and depart. Heading back to the hub, you can stop at some old ruins and see the black swans.

We enjoyed a coffee and snack from the cafe and sat on the large Green at one of the many trestle tables - a lovely place to relax. We visited St David's church and very close to the side entrance to the Abbey there are three/four small houses - opposite the Video Hall and on our visit this was definitely the place to see the red squirrels. We were probably very lucky in seeing quite few of them including three on one photo.

In summary Caldey Island is an absolutely magical place to visit and we were blessed with truly lovely weather. I would recommend getting there early and choose a good day if at all possible. You can't book in advance and the boats don't go if there are high winds.

The visit here was my holiday highlight of the summer.
Written November 3, 2021
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,110 contributions
I would review Caldey Island as a whole or even the Abbots Kitchen Chocolate Factory
Sep 2021
What a fantastic and beautiful and tranquill island Caldey is to visit. You can only visit between Easter and end of September by boat and this is the only boats allowed for visitors to the island. We were lucky enough to go on a glorious day in September and it was a stunning place to walk and see the scenery from the clifftops while walking to the lighthouse. We called at St David's Church and St Illytd;s Church and Old Priory and Abbots Kitchen Chocolate Factory. This is more like a very big kitchen but they do sell a lot of chocolate and it is very nice too! There is also a perfume shop on the island, they make their own perfume. There are public toilets and a tearoom and post office with mini museum. We werent fortunate enough to see any red squirrels when we went but they have them there. The beach as you land is so golden and peaceful. The boats go back and for every 20 mins so you can go there all day as long as you make sure you catch the last boat back. Well worth a visit to such a lovely island.
Written October 26, 2021
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NigelPittman
Mold, UK81 contributions
Lovely island to explore
Sep 2021
This is a lovely place to visit with a pleasant tea room, a chocolate factory, gift shop and post office. Add to that the pleasant walk up to the lighthouse and trail around the island and you have a trip well worth the cost of the ferry. People on the ferry couldn't have been more helpful as we had two in our party of six who were not particularly mobile and the trip across takes just 15-20 minutes. The real bonus for us was availability of a wheelchair on the island which made the world of difference. We also saw several red squirrels who are regularly fed by wardens.
Written September 29, 2021
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Katy
24 contributions
Escape to paradise
Sep 2021 • Couples
Caldey Island is a little piece of paradise.

We took a boat trip over from Tenby and had a wonderful few hours exploring the island.

We walked the island in about 2 hours, although we walk quickly. The landscape is stunning with crystal beaches and high cliffs.

The light house was literally surrounded by swallows, which is something I’ve never seen before.

The abbey village is very pretty and the shops are responsibly priced. There is a cafe but we took a picnic, and I’m pleased we did as the queue was very long.

Some areas of the island were closed due to Covid but this is to be expected at the moment.

The church’s and areas which were open are worth a visit, don’t forget to find the watch tower which is hidden away.

The boat trip over took about 20 minutes and gives you great views of Tenby.

I highly recommend a visit.
Written September 17, 2021
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AndyCorns
Bury, UK554 contributions
Great Day Out
Aug 2021
Visited the Cistercian Monasstery on Caldey Island for a day out. It's a 20-25 minute boat journey from Denny beach. Although there are no attractions on the island, it is a popular activity.

Great place for walks and views
Written September 3, 2021
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N76L81
Watford, UK61 contributions
Beautiful island away from the bustle of modern life
Aug 2021
A 20 minute boat ride from Tenby to this lovely island. Although there isn't anything "to do" as such, it is a refreshing place to visit to get away from the pace of modern life. There are a few walking trails, either through the woods or along the coastal path, from which the views are fantastic.

In the centre of the island there are some shops, a café, a post office, a small chocolate factory and a picnic area. Prayer services are not open to the public due to Covid though.

We didn't use the beach (only one open to visitors), however it is a lot more tranquil than the mainland beach with golden sand.

This is not a place for general entertainment but if you want to see something different and have a bit of peace and quiet without rushing around, this island is worth a visit. About 4-5 hours is more than enough.
Written August 30, 2021
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GaryL0505
England, UK389 contributions
Landmark in Caldey Island
Aug 2021
Monastery located in the beautiful island - Caldey Island. A nice place to take a break, if you plan to have hiking or bike trip. This was a Catholic Church, and you could find chapels or churches around it. Calm and peaceful, especially under sunny weather, where you could relax and taste coffee/tea.
Written August 9, 2021
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2K19
23 contributions
Great visit!
Aug 2021 • Family
Recently had a brilliant trip over to Caldey island. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed. Great staff! The kids really enjoyed the boat trip there and back. Hoping to come back one day soon!

Only slight downside we had was the queue to get into the chocolate factory was around 45 min - 1hr long, me and the family thinking it was going to be a walk around experience watching the staff making chocolate but all it was was a very small counter top shop selling the chocolate bars that you can buy in the shop. I wouldn’t bother with it next time but everything else was amazing!
Written August 4, 2021
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Samantha P
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Well worth visiting!
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful island. We spent all day here! (And didnt even step foot on the beach).
Explored every single part of the island. Shame that the Abbey and Video Hall weren't open (but this was due to Covid).
Well worth visiting!
At first I thought £38 for a family of 4 was abit pricey BUT... considering its includes boat trip there plus return and we actually spent the whole day at the island- I actually think it's good value.
Please note: there is alot of walking and some could be considered challenging walks for those less active etc.
Written August 4, 2021
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BMur
3 contributions
Tranquility
Jul 2021
The Island is beautiful and tranquil and well worth a visit. I got there early before the crowds and it was idyllic! The best Lavender fragrance I have ever had!

No Covid social distancing or masks on the boats or slipway. No safety information given on the boat either, nor any commentary about Caldey or the surrounding area. The boat back at 2.30 was far too crowded to feel safe with Covid.
Written July 11, 2021
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