Holiday guides: Visit St Davids

Pembrokeshire. A region of breathtaking natural beauty. From its stunning stretches of golden sandy beach to its top family attractions. There really is something for everyone here…

But away from the theme parks and the sunbathing, Pembrokeshire also boasts picturesque destinations that are well worth a visit. In the first in a series of holiday guides, this time we will tell you more about one of our favourite places to visit – St Davids.

Why visit St Davids?

Say hello to Britain’s smallest city! Head to the very far south west of Wales and you’ll come to a remote peninsula that St Davids calls home. It is named after the patron saint of Wales and has a population of just over 1,600.

This pretty city is well worth spending a few hours, or longer. Wander around the shops, grab a bite to eat in the many cafes and pubs or pay a visit to some of the main visitor attractions here.

One of the biggest draws of St Davids is its magnificent cathedral, which was built from local stone. Built in 1881 on the site of what is believed to be that of St David’s 6th monastic settlement, the cathedral is an architectural marvel with sloping floors and wonderfully restored cloisters.

Also worth a visit is the Bishop’s Palace, which lies on the opposite bank of the river from the cathedral. It’s a building that commands respect and evokes a period of what religion was king and bishops wielded the ultimate power. If you can try and catch one of the open-air performances that take place here.

Lastly, head over to the National Park Visitor Centre and spend some time marvelling at the works of art at the Oriel y Parc Gallery. Here you will find displays from national treasures, including those from Pembrokeshire resident Graham Sutherland.

What else is there to see and do?

If you’re the sort of person who likes to get up close and personal with wildlife then why not take a boat trip out to sea and try to spot some whales and dolphins? Head further out and see the huge gathering of gannets nesting on Grassholm Island.

St Davids is about an hour from our Pembrokeshire holiday park and is well worth a visit. Our self-catering accommodation is a great base from which to explore the region’s many picturesque locations…

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