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St Davids

Travel Guide
St Davids featuring heritage elements and a church or cathedral

The smallest city in Great Britain has art galleries, a magnificent cathedral, secluded beaches and wildlife-spotting adventures.

Surrounded by the stunning coastal landscapes of Pembrokeshire, St. Davids is an inspiration to artists and a playground for beach and water-based activities. Once a Celtic stronghold, St. Davids is named after the patron saint of Wales, who was born here in the 6th century. Although officially a city, it bears more resemblance to a close-knit village. It’s a place proud of its roots and you’ll often hear people conversing in Welsh as well as English.

A great place to start your visit is at the glorious St. Davids Cathedral, built in 1181 on the presumed grounds of St. David’s monastery. Admire the richly decorated altar, chapels and cloisters. Gaze in admiration at the shrine to St. David and browse exhibitions of art and antique treasures. Stroll amid the ruins of the medieval Bishop’s Palace, the setting for open-air music and theater performances during the summer months.

Wander around the unhurried city streets, framed by perfectly preserved stone houses and interspersed by leafy squares. Spot work by local artists at the Oriel-y-Felin Gallery and Oriel y Parc Gallery. Peek inside boutiques, chocolatiers and craft shops. See displays of sampler, decorative embroidered cloths, at The Sampler Tea Room and Museum.

Set at the northern tip of St. Brides Bay, St. Davids is close to several beaches, some well-known and some off the tourist trail. Whitesands Bay is popular with surfers while Porthmelgan Beach is great for exploring rock pools. Also worth visiting are Caerbwdi, Caerfai, Porthclais and Porthllisky. Getting between the bays and beaches is enjoyable via the scenic Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Nearby St. Justinian’s is the starting point for excursions around the waters of St. Davids Peninsula. Have fun on an exhilarating jet boat ride or go mackerel fishing. Join bird, dolphin and whale-watching tours. Cruise around rugged offshore islands, including Grassholm and Ramsey Island.

Public buses connect St. Davids with major destinations in Wales’ Pembrokeshire region such as Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Pembroke. Extend your stay to explore the picturesque villages that pepper St. Brides Bay. A coastal bus links the city with Broad Haven, Little Haven and Marloes, among others.

The Farmhouse Lochmeyler
The Farmhouse Lochmeyler
3.5 out of 5
The Farmhouse Lochmeyler, Llandeloy, Haverfordwest, Wales
The price is $137 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Situated in Haverfordwest, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Porthgain Harbour, Newgale Beach, and St. David's Cathedral. Whitesands Bay and Fishguard ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Ideal place to stay not far by car to beaches , and st davids. Lovely host ."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

The Farmhouse Lochmeyler
St David's Cross Hotel
St David's Cross Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Cross Square, Haverfordwest, Wales
The price is $170 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in the heart of Haverfordwest, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. David's Cathedral and Caerfai Bay. Caerbwdy Bay and Whitesands Bay are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"Excellent hotel in the heart of the city so well placed for visiting everything. Food is particularly good with a good choice and beautifully prepared."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2021

St David's Cross Hotel
The Grove Hotel
The Grove Hotel
3.5 out of 5
High Street, Haverfordwest, Wales
The price is $169 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral and Caerfai Bay. Caerbwdy Bay and Whitesands Bay are also within 3 mi ...
3.9/5Good! (20 reviews)
5 star service
"Amazing service at the Grove, the staff made us feel really welcome and went above and beyond during our stay- they were extremely helpful and friendly. The room was clean and had everything you would need. The location was ideal - short walk away from other restaurants and sites. Food at the Grove ..."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

The Grove Hotel
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Mill End - Watermill Cottage Set in 30 Acres
Mill End - Watermill Cottage Set in 30 Acres
3 out of 5
Mill End Cottage @ Nant-Y-Coy Mill, Treffgarne, Haverfordwest, Wales
Situated in Haverfordwest, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Scolton Manor Country Park, The Creative Cafe Haverfordwest, and Llys-y-fran Reservoir and ...
Mill End - Watermill Cottage Set in 30 Acres
Foxglove - Luxurious Barn Conversion
Foxglove - Luxurious Barn Conversion
5 out of 5
Unnamed Road, Haverfordwest, Wales
Situated in Haverfordwest, this luxury vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Broad Haven Beach and ...
Foxglove - Luxurious Barn Conversion
Cosy Cottage in the Centre of Haverfordwest
Cosy Cottage in the Centre of Haverfordwest
Haverfordwest, WLS
Situated in Haverfordwest, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from The Creative Cafe Haverfordwest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ...
Cosy Cottage in the Centre of Haverfordwest
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