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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • National Trust

Historic House, £2.75-£5.50

Tudor Merchant's House

Tudor Merchant's House

Tudor Merchant's House

Details

You'll find the Tudor Merchant's House on Quay Hill, a narrow alley overlooking Tenby Harbour. He had a shop at the front of the house, opening onto the street. The family lived on the upper floors. We've transformed the house - it now looks just as it would've done in Tenby's heyday in 1500.

The year 1500 was a very exciting time for Tenby. The port had a busy sea trade with the West Country and Spain and Portugal. After the Lancastrians won the Wars of the Roses in 1485, Henry Tudor became Henry VII of England. Henry's uncle, the influential Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, had his power base in Pembrokeshire. He'd invested heavily in fortifying Tenby's defensive walls in the 1450s against Yorkist attacks.

The merchant and his family - at this time, the merchant who lived here in Tenby would probably have had a shop at the front of the house. It would've opened onto the street, selling goods such as wool cloth, sea coal, vinegar, pots and spices - all traded through the port.

At the back of the house would've been a kitchen centred around a large open fire. The family would've lived mainly on the first floor and slept in the bedroom above.

National Trust PropertyAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Facilities for hearing impaired

Note: no toilet. Parking: very limited parking on streets within town walls. Use pay and display or multi storey car parks outside town walls. Steps into building and stairs between floors.

Opening details

See website for opening times.

Prices

2019 Admission Prices: Adult £5.50, Child £2.75, Family £13.75.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 13 Apr - Sun 3 Nov Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
Sat 26 Oct - Sun 3 Nov Tudor Household Trail

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Address

Quay Hill,
Tenby,
Pembrokeshire,
SA70 7BX

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 135004  Lat: 51.67134 Long: -4.69849

In the centre of Tenby, in an alleyway between Tudor Square and the harbour. Follow the fingerpost from Tudor Square by the Lifeboat Tavern, or from Bridge Street or Crackwell Street. No parking at property.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Tenby station

Facilities

  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Note: no toilet. Parking: very limited parking on streets within town walls. Use pay and display or multi storey car parks outside town walls. Steps into building and stairs between floors.