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St. Davids

Information on St. Davids

St Davids

St Davids is the smallest city in the UK, being granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II due to the presence of the unique Cathedral. It is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is surrounded by magnificent coastal scenery and known for its historic buildings and wealth of wildlife. 




St. Davids Cathedral & Bishops Palace:

At the very core of the history of St. Davids is the Cathedral, dating back to the 12th Century. The site has been a popular pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages, and remains so to this day, attracting thousands of global visitors every year. With regular services and a wide variety of musical events throughout the year, including the popular Cathedral Festival held in May Half Term, the Cathedral remains a large part of the local community. Adjacent to the Cathedral stands the magnificent ruins of the Medieval Bishops Palace which plays host to open air theatre plays and musical concerts, throughout the summer months. Further information about the history of the Cathedral, along with other interesting facts, can be found on exhibition housed in the tower gate house and bell tower. 


Oriel Y Parc:

Oriel Y Parc Gallery, Visitor Centre and Cafe in St. Davids is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire. The attraction is a free world-class gallery showcasing artists' interpretations of landscape, taken from the vast collections of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.




Located just over 2 miles away, Whitesands beach is an impressive expanse of coastline heading towards the rocky headland of St. Davids. The fine white sand and tidal patterns make this one of the most popular surfing beaches in the county, and is very popular throughout the year. Whitesands has been recognised with two awards (Seaside Award 2013 & Blue Flag Beach 2013) and can easily be accessed by local bus services making it a great day out for the family.


St. Nons Chapel & Holy Well:

St. Non was the mother of St. David and the chapel remains the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, since 500AD. Pilgrims visiting St. Davids try to visit many of the holy sites associated with both St. Non and St. David, including the Holy Well of St. Non, located near the chapel and rumoured to have sprung at the birth of the patron saint. The well is considered to be one of the most sacred wells in Wales.




Craft Shops & Galleries:

Within St. Davids there is a wide selection of local craft shops art galleries, and gift shops, along with a traditional sweet shop and a Welsh chocolate shop. Although St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK, you are bound to find a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Pembrokeshire.