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Saundersfoot harbour and village
Saundersfoot is located in Pembrokeshire
Saundersfoot shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 2,628 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN136048
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Saundersfoot
Postcode district SA69
Dialling code 01834
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°42′41″N 4°42′00″W / 51.711389°N 4.70°W / 51.711389; -4.70Coordinates: 51°42′41″N 4°42′00″W / 51.711389°N 4.70°W / 51.711389; -4.70

Saundersfoot (Welsh: Llanussyllt) is a large village and community in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, near Tenby—they are two of the most visited Welsh holiday destinations. Saundersfoot lies in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.


St Issell's church

Saundersfoot was known in medieval Wales as Llanussyllt and after the Norman conquest as St Issels (sometimes Issells), both after the parish church dedicated to the Welsh Saint Issel. Its bishop or abbot was considered one of the seven principal clerics of Dyfed under medieval Welsh law.[2] It was a substantial parish in 1833 with 1,226 inhabitants.[3] John Marius Wilson described the village and parish as St Issells in his 1870-72 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.[4]

The present church lies in a dingle to the north of Saundersfoot and is a grade II* listed building.[5]

Harbour and railways[edit]

Permission to build the harbour was granted by Parliament in 1829 to the Saundersfoot Railway and Harbour Company[6] for the export of anthracite coal from the many mines in the area, although coal was exported from the beach for centuries before this. The village grew up to serve the port which by 1837 had five jetties handling coal and iron ore and subsequently pig iron and firebricks from local sources. The course of the tramway from Bonville's Court mine bisects the village and ends at the jetty. The tramway from Stepaside forms the sea front. The industry finally faded away in the early years of the twentieth century, and the village took advantage of the nearby Saundersfoot railway station to attract tourists from eastern Wales and England.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Saundersfoot has a King George's Field in memorial to King George V.

There are several pubs and clubs in the centre of Saundersfoot such as 'The Captains Table', 'The Royal Oak', 'The Mulberry', 'The Hean', 'Mermaid On The Strand' and 'The Deck'.

Saundersfoot holds its annual charitable cheese festival and New Years Day swim every year which is sponsored by local businesses. More than 1,500 people took part in 2016.[7]

Local attractions include Folly Farm, Heatherton Adventure Park, Manor House Wildlife Park and Tenby Dinosaur Park.


  1. ^ "Ward and community population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Wade-Evans, Arthur. Medieval Welsh Law, p. 263.
  3. ^ "GENUKI: St Issells". Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "History of St Issells in Pembrokeshire: Map and description". Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "St.Issell's Church, Saundersfoot". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ - Accessed 18 Jan 2011
  7. ^ "1,500 take part in New Year's Day Saundersfoot swim". BBC. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Saundersfoot travel guide from Wikivoyage