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St Davids - Small but Mighty

The smallest city in Britain, St Davids, packs a big punch and is definitely worth a visit during your stay with us.

This city, and the gorgeous peninsula within which it sits, has been revered as a cultural and religious destination for thousands of years. The swathes of coastal flowers bring it to life in the summer months, and there's a majesty in the craggy and stunning coastline which is wonderful at any time of the year.

So, what is there to see and do in St Davids itself, named for Wales' patron saint? Well there's an eclectic high street with lovely pubs, cafés, art galleries, and shops around Cross Square, which sits in the heart of this wonderful city.

1. The Cathedral

The iconic St Davids Cathedral, which gives this small place its city status is a must-do. The earliest monastery on this site dates back fourteen centuries; the history and feeling of pilgrimage as you wander around this ancient shrine here is palpable. Its strategic position, lying on routes between England, Wales, and Ireland has always made it a place of interest and perhaps the reason why William the Conqueror visited in 1081.

2. The Bishop's Palace

Right opposite the Cathedral lies the impressive Bishop's Palace, almost as admirable as the Cathedral. At a time when a pope decreed that you could equal a trip to Rome by visiting St Davids twice, pilgrims were flocking to see this grand, new Cathedral. Henry de Gower decided that the bishop's home was most unsuitable in comparison and set about building a palace. You can feel the grandeur just by walking round the ruins.

3. Pebbles Yard Gallery and Espresso Bar

Pebbles Yard Gallery is almost as well known as the Cathedral and Palace, showcasing wonderful artwork by a range of artists in various mediums. Jacki Sime Photography is at home here. Not forgetting the Espresso Bar, of course, offering soups, sandwiches, and cakes as well as some truly superb coffee.

4. Boat trips

Visit one of the Pembrokeshire islands by booking a boat trip with Voyages of Discovery, Thousand Islands Expeditions, or Falcon Boats. Myths and legends swirl round these islands, which have been inhabited since way back in the mists of time. There is a combination of old christian and viking influences, which you can see in the names you'll find. These days, they are best known for their wildlife, with Skomer being particularly famous for Manx Shearwaters and Atlantic Puffins, and the Marine Nature Reserve that surrounds it.

Check out these website for other ideas of what to do in St Davids Peninsula:


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