A weekend in St David's
Rated recommendations for your St Davids getaway
Set on a windswept plateau, St Davids is Britain’s smallest city – its magnificent 12th-century cathedral granting it the status. Despite this fact, this pretty Pembrokeshire favourite retains the charm of a small town, with an incredible amount of history for such a pocket-sized place.
Named after the patron saint of Wales, the city has been a place of pilgrimage for over 1,500 years. Today thousands flock to this pretty Pembrokeshire favourite for its welcoming atmosphere, significant sites and wonderful links to coastal areas. Planning a visit? Don’t miss these rated recommendations for your St Davids getaway.
Things to do in St Davids
St Davids and its surrounding area is steeped in fascinating history. The Cathedral is home to the medieval shrine of St David, a focus for pilgrimage since the 12th century. This splendid building shares a quiet valley with St Davids Bishop’s Palace, the extensive and impressive ruins of the principal residence of the Bishops of St Davids which are well worth a visit.
From there, take a short stroll via Goat Street to Cross Square. The National Trust’s Visitor Centre and Shop are nestled here, opposite the 14th-century cross. This newly-refurnished centre is open all year and makes a brilliant base for exploring what Pembrokeshire has to offer. If you find yourself in the square on a Thursday morning, browse the outdoor market to discover fantastic local produce, gifts and crafts – perfect for sourcing special souvenirs.
St Davids occupies one of the mainland Britain’s most westerly points and no visit would be complete without exploring St David’s Head, the dramatic headland accessible via the Pembrokeshire coast path from Whitesands Beach. Look out to the islands of Ramsey, Bishops and Clerks and you may be lucky enough to spot a pod of bottlenose dolphins – visit at sunset for the full wow factor.
For a truly special day out, catch a boat to the RSPB Ramsey Island Nature Reserve. The island is recognised as one of the best places for wildlife in the UK and boasts two excellent trails and world-class views.
Recommended St Davids activities
Places to stay in St Davids
Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotels, cosy B&Bs or five-star campsites, St Davids has plenty of choice to suite every taste and budget.