Although little larger than a village, so compact a centre has charming St Davids, a magnificent cathedral and growing population now mean it has official city status, and it is indeed one of the more lovely holiday cottage destinations in Wales. Its proximity to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with its miles of walks and cycles, superb scenery and beaches make the St Davids area an excellent base for a holiday cottage stay. The cathedral is the focal point of the city, yet blink and you might miss it, so well shielded by the main square, this was just as the twelfth century builders intended, in order to protect it from ransack during the Middle Ages. At this time, it was a place of great pilgrimage, and many still flock here today to visit the casket believed to hold the remains of Dewi Sant, Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. Today, the cathedral and adjoining ruin of the Bishops Palace cater well for the modern pilgrim, with the recent addition of a light and airy restaurant/cafe alongside the original Cloisters.
It is worth stopping at the Visitor Centre in the centre of St Davids to get the most from your visit. Much of the area around the city is in the hands of the National Trust and their Visitor Centre is a mine of information, in particular for details of the many walks and cycles of shorter or longer duration around St Davids peninsula. The most popular circular routes of a morning or afternoon’s duration include nearby St. Non’s Chapel, or along the coast to St. Justinians or Whitesands Bay via Porthclais and back. There is also a shorter round trip to Caerfai Bay, with its sheer cliffs and golden sand beach, which is approximately two hour’s duration. Whether you want the thrill of wild and wet adventure jet boating, dolphin and whale watching, diving, fishing or a bird watching trip to the spectacular RSPB reserve at Ramsey Island, a mile off shore, or even a spot of coasteering – there is a popular site at nearby St. Nons – you will be able to organise it all here and experience this stunning stretch of coastline your own way whilst in St. Davids. And for those who prefer not to take to the open seas, the Oceanarium provides ample insight into the creatures of the deep surrounding this beautiful stretch of coast.
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