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Caldey is only accessible by passenger carrying boat, crossing time approximately 20 minutes.
For your comfort please bring suitable clothing for a sea trip in open boats.
All boats are licensed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Assistance for embarking wheelchair users or those with reduced mobility is available,
but please seek advice from the Kiosk or by telephone or email before booking.
Group discounts are available for disabled people, coach parties and educational visits
Dogs are welcome on Caldey but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Parking and Arrival
There are no public car parking facilities in the Harbour area (Permit only)
Limited Disabled Parking
Pay and Display Car Parking is available at the Multi Storey Car Park, Salterns Car Park and North Beach Car Park. All within a 10 – 15 minute walk from the harbour.
Tenby Pedestrianisation Scheme (school summer holiday period ): A Park and Ride bus service, sign posted, operates from North Beach Car Park .
Public Toilets are located through the stone arch at the entrance to Tenby Castle Beach in the harbour.
Tickets and leaflets are obtained from the Caldey Island Kiosk in the harbour.
Cash only for boat fares please
Boarding the Boats
Access to boats at High Tide is from Tenby Harbour Steps
At Low Tide from a mobile jetty on Tenby Castle Beach. Please note that reaching the mobile jetty may involve crossing up to 100 metres of sand, and can present a problem for wheelchairs and those with reduced mobility.
Visitors will be required to step down or step up when boarding and disembarking from boats with assistance from a member of the crew.
Landing and boarding at Caldey is via a wide concrete slipway, and at very low tides via a specially adapted landing craft
Boats and landing craft can take wheelchairs but do not have access ramps for independent wheelchair users, however all necessary assistance will be given.
Visitors are reminded that they use the boats, landing craft, ramps, jetties and slipways at their own risk.
On Reaching the Island
Please be aware that certain parts of the island have uneven ground, steep and unstable cliffs, deep water and strong currents. Only essential vehicle movements are carried out and a speed limit of 20mph is in force, apart from emergency vehicles. .
There is a site map on arrival, and leaflets are available from the Island Post Office and shop in the village.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available to loan, stored on the jetty or at the Gift Shop
A fairly level walk of approximately 500 metres on a concrete roadway leads to the village.
Benches are available en route.
Toilet facilities are located in the village opposite the Post Office
Ladies and Gents toilets and a baby changing table
A disabled cubicle is provided, fully adapted for independent wheelchair users.
Food and Drink
A tea garden / picnic area is located in the village offering hot and cold food and drinks
The approach to the cafe is on flat level ground
There is a single step up in to the cafe and a manually opening wooden dooropening inwards.
Menu boards are posted on the walls.
There is a chilled drinks and self serve sandwich counter.
Staff are available to help with menu items and prices.
There are double wooden exit doors opening out with a single step down on to a grass.
A large flat grassed area is provided with seating and tables
Village Centre Shops
Some shop doorways have steps – assistance is available from staff
Doors are wooden and need to be opened manually.
All the shops have a single storey and are well lit.
1. The island Gift Shop offers a range of products for sale including a comprehensive Guide book
2. The Perfume Shop sells a range of items produced on the Island.
3. The Post Office also has museum charting the Island's history.
The Chocolate Factory
A 10 minute walk from the village
The approach is made on an inclined concrete roadway on the road to the Light House.
Sign posted from the road and is located beside St Iltyds Church
A ramp is provided.
Access is made through two manually opened wooden doors.
Selling Caldey Island chocolate and fudge
Monastery and Churches
The Monastery Church is open to visitors.
Access is signposted via a set of stone steps with hand rail, opposite the cottages in the village
Alternatively by passing the flight of steps and continuing along an inclined concrete road which curves around in front of St David’s Church.
Entrance is by two steps up to large wooden door which is manually opened.
The balcony is to the right and gained by climbing a stone staircase with a metal hand rail.
St David’s Church and church yard.
A concrete ramp or steps gives access to St David’s grounds and a stone pathway leads to the church.
A single stone step up to the doorway , then two steps in front of a large manually opened wooden door.
Inside a stone tiled vestibule leads to two further steps up into the church.
St Iltyd’s Church
From the village a smooth inclined road half way to the Light House, next to the Old Priory.
Entrance through a manually opened wooden door, with a single step down on to a cobbled floor.
An open space is lined on either side with wooden pews.
Lit by standard light bulbs.
Candles are often lit and placed on a rack towards the Altar.
The Old Priory.
Access either from
1. St Iltyds via a gravel path and two steps up through a cobbled gateway.
2. The Nature Trail ( signposted ) through wooden gate, uneven, undulating pathway.
3. Priory Pond Path, two steps down to a gravel path care required (deep water to the left)
Video Interpretation Centre
A smooth concrete roadway from the village, past the cottages up a slight incline
Entrance via two sets of manually opened wooden doors on to a wooden floor.
Seating provided to watch a continuously running video presentation.
Priory Bay offers the only beach for safe bathing, accessed by stone steps with handrails by the jetty.
Alternatively by a concrete ramp 150 metres further on.
The beach has a gentle slope and no rip currents in calm weather.
Subject to normal precautions, with proper supervision of children bathing is safe when sea conditions are calm.
There are several Island walks, with a variety of surfaces, benches are provided along the way.
Access to the village and Monastery are on smooth roadways.
Waymarked cliff walks pass by steep cliffs and deep water and care should be taken.
Children must be supervised at all times
Beyond the village some routes cover undulating ground and a variety of grassed and gravel pathways and may be a challenge for those with reduced mobility. Please see map or enquire at one of the facilities.