Are you planning a trip to Pembrokeshire and not sure where to stay? Or have you already booked and want to know the best things to do in Saundersfoot?
Saundersfoot is a delightful, fishing village in Pembrokeshire between Tenby and Amroth. It is full of charm, has lots of facilities and plenty of family attractions.
Even better, Saundersfoot is within walking and cycling distance of some of the most stunning, natural landscapes in the UK.
Use this travel guide to discover the most fun things to do in Saundersfoot and ensure you don’t miss out on the highlights of this pretty Welsh seaside resort.
Things to do in Saundersfoot
We keep returning to Saundersfoot, as it ticks all the boxes for our family and it’s now one of our favourite holiday destinations. There are plenty of things to do in the town and day trips within a short distance.
Here is a round-up of our favourite things to do in Saundersfoot:-
Hit the beach
The children’s favourite thing to do in Saundersfoot is go to the beach. If you ask them, they’ll say it’s the best beach ever.
It’s not really surprising as Saundersfoot Beach is beautiful. It has a long, wide expanse of golden sand and is ideal for children. It has perfect sand for building castles and the boys are never stuck for ideas for new castle designs.
Conveniently, Saundersfoot beach is directly in front of the town centre, so is easy to access. It is a blue flag beach and has lifeguards from June to September. Furthermore, its shallow water means it is ideal for swimming, if you don’t mind the cold water.
However, you must check the tides if you’re heading to Saundersfoot beach. It is very tidal, with the sea coming right in and out. You can check out the tide times here.
Saundersfoot Beach is dog friendly and a great place for your four-legged friend to run about. However there are restrictions in the summer, when dogs are banned from the Southern half of the beach and must be on a lead around the harbour.
Other fantastic sandy beaches near Saundersfoot include Manorbier, Freshwater East and Barafundle Bay.
Explore the rock pools
The kids love it when the tide is out, as it leaves a network of rock pools to explore. We always go to the smaller Glen Beach at the right side of Saundersfoot, which is quieter than the main beach.
Quite honestly, the kids would happily spend all day here and don’t need to go anywhere else. They can always find a good selection of crabs, anemones and shrimps.
The boys also love damming – creating new rivers by diverting the water coming down from the cliffs.
Admire the new harbour
If you head to the right end of the beach you’ll come to Saundersfoot Harbour. It’s great to wander round this area and look at the boats. Of course, if it is low tide there might not actually be any water in the harbour.
In 2018 Saundersfoot was awarded £4 million to redevelop the existing harbour, as part of a major marine regeneration project. The plans are to build a new marine centre, a coastal storm centre and a state-of-the-art heritage and arts centre.
We saw the new 20 000 square foot decking area, which was completed as the first phase of the redevelopment work. This is now the home to a waterfront amphitheatre which holds 4000 spectators. This will be the new venue for Saundersfoot community events, in a programme which includes culture, food and arts.
You can also wander along the board walk to look at the boats or use the pontoon for crabbing.
Enjoy fish and chips with a sea view
As with any great seaside town, Saundersfoot has a good choice of of fish and chip restaurants. Our favourite is the one by the harbour, Marina Fish, Chips and more . You have a choice of inside dining or take-away.
Come face to face with a Welsh dragon
Ever thought of spending an afternoon with giant snakes, lizards, dragons and tarantulas? It didn’t sound like my idea of fun either. However, after years of resisting, I took the plunge and booked a visit to the Reptile Experience. And I was so glad that I did.
For a hands-on, interactive, educational experience, The Reptile Experience in Saundersfoot is a must. Not only do you get to hear about the snakes and reptiles, you get to touch, feed and hold them.
Quite honestly, I didn’t think it would be my thing, but I was wrong. It’s great – I even enjoyed stroking the python!
This is a fantastic experience, and one of the best things to do in Saundersfoot when it’s raining. However, it is a popular family attraction and you probably need to pre-book.
Walk from Saundersfoot to Wiseman's Bridge
From Saundersfoot town centre, you can follow through the railway tunnels, on the Dramway Trail to Wiseman’s Bridge. The kids love this. The tunnels for the disused trackway are lit by small red lights, which our kids used to believe were dragon eyes!
At the other side of the tunnels you’ll join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. This will take you past the stylish restaurant, Coast and up to Wiseman’s Bridge.
If you want to treat yourselves, Coast is a high quality restaurant, with a stunning location overlooking the shore.
We usually continue as far as the hamlet of Wiseman’s Bridge. Here, we stop at the Wiseman’s Bridge Inn for a drink and a chance to appreciate the magnificent Pembrokeshire scenery. This pub has outside seating, overlooking the beach. You can drive directly to the pub if you don’t fancy the walk.
Create your own rock stack
The beach on the route to Wiseman’s bridge is mostly stony. However, it’s great for exploring. The kids enjoy climbing on the rocks and creating fantastic rock art.
Take a trip down memory lane
On the way back from the tunnels to Saundersfoot, you can take a trip down memory lane in the Chobbles Traditional Sweet Shop in The Strand.
Here they have all the old sweetie favourites in jars behind the counter. Who could resist?
Enter cupcake heaven
If sugar is your thing, head across the road to Sue’s Pantry. Here you will be spoilt for choice with the wide array of home-made cakes and beautifully decorated cupcakes. In addition, they have a great selection of sandwiches, which you could take to the beach.
Stroll around Saundersfoot town
Saundersfoot is a typical seaside town and can get lively in the peak season. As you’d expect, it has plenty of shops selling beachwear and equipment, so don’t worry if you’ve forgotten anything.
Furthermore, Saundersfoot has plenty of quaint gift shops, jewellery shops and a pottery café to keep you amused in the village. Saundersfoot also has a small sensory garden which you can stroll through or stop for an ice-cream.
If you are looking for places to eat in Saundersfoot, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are several pubs serving traditional food, including The Old Chemist Inn and the Captain’s Table, which have pub gardens and views looking over the sea.
Alternatively, the Kookaba Restaurant serves large portions of Australian cuisine and Sao Mai Golden Dragon offers a good option for Chinese food.
Take a dip in the sea
As you’d expect, the sea at Saundersfoot can be rather cold and it’s worth taking wet suits.
If you are in Saundersfoot at New Year, you could join the thousands of people who take to the sea in fancy dress as part of the New Year’s Day Swim.
However, if this charity event sounds a bit nippy for your liking, you could always go and watch.
Follow the coastal path from Saundersfoot to Tenby
You can enjoy a fantastic coastal walk from Saundersfoot to Tenby on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. This scenic route takes you along rugged cliff top paths, open countryside, and woodland trails and gives stunning views of the Welsh coastline. The walk to Tenby is about 3.5 miles, but is fairly steep in places, so can be quite tough for little children. We always walk to Tenby, but usually return to Saundersfoot by bus.
Tenby is a picturesque town, with a great beach and many attractions. It is known for its iconic colourful Georgian houses, which line Bridge Street. We always pay a visit to the RNLI lifeboat station and Tenby Castle. Alternatively, you could also take a trip across to the holy Caldey Island.
Cycle on the Wales Coastal Path
Don’t be put off a family bike ride in Wales by thinking it would be too hilly. We have found some fantastic flat family rides near Saundersfoot.
Our favourite cycle ride in Pembrokeshire is on the coastal path ride from Broad Haven South. This is a fantastic trail, which follows the Wales Coast Path across the Castlemartin firing range.
Follow this Pembrokeshire trail to see the geological wonder, the Green Bridge of Wales and the historic St Govan’s Chapel. If you’re lucky you may also be able to spot seals and their cubs in the coves below.
Days out from Saundersfoot
Visit a Welsh castle
A visit to a local castle is always a good idea if you are thinking of things to do near Saundersfoot. Wales has a wealth of magnificent castles and they always make a good day out for kids.
Two of the closest castles to Saundersfoot are Pembroke Castle and Carew Castle.
Pembroke Castle is a stunning, medieval castle is in the centre of Pembroke. It is an easy drive from Saundersfoot as it is only 12 miles away.
Children can explore inside Pembroke Castle and there are often special events with activities for kids.
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
Carew Castle is a magnificent castle about 7 miles from Saundersfoot. Built in 1207, it has a history spanning over 2000 years. Originally a Norman caslte, it later became home to the de Carew family.
Nowadays, if you visit Carew Castle, you can also see the tidal mill and an 11th Century Celtic monument. Plus, you can enjoy a short circular walk around the perimeter before heading to the Carew Inn for refreshments.
Have fun at Folly Farm Zoo
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is one of the best places to visit with kids near Saundersfoot. This is probably because it has a zoo, adventure playground and fairground all in one. Folly Farm is in Kilgetty, just 10-minutes’ drive to the north of Saundersfoot. It makes a great day out for young kids, even on a rainy day.
The top attraction at Folly Farm for children is the zoo with over 500 animals. You can see a variety of wildlife from all over the world, including giraffes, meerkats, lions and lemurs. You can get really close to the enclosures for a close-up view of the animals. Plus, there are regular feeding sessions and keeper talks if you want to find out more about the animals.
In addition to the zoo, Folly Farm has fantastic play areas. Inside there is an enormous play barn, with a cafe and seating area for parents.
Outside, there is also plenty of play equipment for kids to let off steam. You’ll find two pirate ships, with ropes, slides and tubes to play in. There are also diggers and go karts.
Folly Farm also has an indoor vintage fairground and a theatre room where you can see magic shows. Parents and kids will love Folly Farm as there is so much to do and enough to entertain children all day.
Explore Manor House Wildlife Park
Another popular animal attraction near Saundersfoot is Manor House Wildlife Park. This 52-acre zoo has exotic and endangered animals from around the world. Manor House Park is just north of St Florence on the way to Tenby.