St Davids may be Britain’s smallest City with less than 2000 inhabitants but it is packed with history, culture, legend and much more. Voted by National Geographic as the 2nd best coastal destination in the world.
Much of St Davids’ history is embodied by the 12 century Cathedral which is a must see if you are visiting the area. It is built on the site of the monastery of the 6th century saint and patron saint of Wales, St David. The present day Cathedral is not the first Cathedral to be built on the site and previous structures were destroyed by Vikings and various other invaders. St Davids cathedral is unique in that the reigning sovereign is a member of the Chapter.
In addition we are part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal national park in the UK and with its 186 miles of coastal path you will never be at a loss for somewhere to walk with stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife. There is also always a quiet spot or secluded cove to be found where you can escape the crowds and soak up nature if you are prepared to head off the beaten track.
There is an abundance of stunning beaches in the area where you can explore rock pools, swim, snorkel, surf or just soak up the sunshine. 15 of Pembrokeshire’s beaches have the prestigious Blue flag award including Caerfai, Whitesands, Newgale and Abereiddi.
Places to eat
Despite its size St Davids and surrounding area has a variety of eateries catering for most tastes and budgets, many in stunning locations. Enjoy freshly caught fish with chips overlooking Porthgain harbour at the Shed or visit the innovative Grub Kitchen where the more adventurous can try insects as well as much more.
St Davids itself has a number of pubs with beer gardens as well as the Cwtch restaurant and the Indian Restaurant Saffron.
Things to do
The Bug Farm – A great all weather attraction for all ages, explore the Tropical bug Zoo with close encounters with its fascinating inhabitants. Guided tours and bug handling sessions included. There is also an indoor play barn, arts crafts workshops as well as lectures and events.
Bat and Badger Walks – Go on a guided night walk and experience another side of St Davids Cathedral and surroundings. Hear tales of mystery and magic, try out a bat detector and watch bats hunting along the river Alun. Or learn abut the elusive Badger and watch them emerge for their evening activities. Can be booked through Falcon Boats.
Solva Woollen Mill – A good rainy day option is to visit the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Visit the weaving shed and see the process of weaving in action then wander the round the shop and tea room and be tempted by beautiful local crafts as well as tea and cakes.
Steve Robinson Glass – visit the galllery of award-winning local glass artist. Seascapes and coastal colours and textures inspire much of his work, which is available to purchase straight away or commission. You can even book on a workshop to have a go at glass fusing yourself.
St Davids Well Being Centre – A new dedicated centre in the heart of St Davids offers the community and visitors a dedicated space to experience vibrant health and well-being on all levels. Whether you fancy a relaxing massage or a drop in yoga or pilates session, with a number of practitioners they offer a wide range of classes and therapies for all members of the family. Keep an eye out for their special events such as children’s cookery classes.
Outdoor Activities – There is no better place to enjoy activities such as surfing, coasteering, climbing, kayaking or paddle boarding whether you are a beginner or an expert Pembrokeshire is unrivalled in its outdoor activity venues and offers something for all abilities. Below is a selection of some of the activity providers in the area.
Places to Stay: There is a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, these are just a few suggestions.
Trefeiddan Farm Cottages
Porth Clais Farm Campsite
Lleithyr Farm Campsite