The city is based around the Cathedral, which was built on the site of Davids monastery in the 12th century. It became a popular place of pilgrimage in the middle ages after Pope Calixtus 11 decreed that two pilgrimages to St Davids was equal to one to Rome. As a result a vast income was raised by visiting pilgrims.
Next to the Cathedral lies the 14th century Bishops Palace which, now a ruin, is in the care of Cadw and is open to visitors.
Oriel Y Parc
Dedicated to the exploration of landscape, this stunning new gallery, visitor and education centre in St Davids is set within a truly inspirational example – the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
This dramatic offshore island has cliffs up to 120 m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds in spring and early summer. Walk along the coastal heathland and enjoy the spectacular views.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of Britain’s National Trails. There are 15 in England and Wales and they represent the 15 best walking trails. There are three national trails in Wales, The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Offas Dyke and Glyndwrs Way.
What makes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so interesting is the variety of landscapes you pass through on your way along it, ranging from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys.
There are also some remarkably quaint towns and villages to explore, rest, refresh and recuperate in: essential for getting your breath back after experiencing some of those views!
Heading the peninsula Whitesands is the best beach in the area but it does get very crowded in the summer. A mile long Westerly facing sandy beach looking out towards Ramsey Island. Facilities include toilets, shop, café, surf school, surf hire and deck chair hire. Lifeguards patrol the beach in season. There is a large car park but be warned it does fill up very quickly at the height of the summer. Good access for boat launching. An excellent and safe surf beach. No dogs allowed May to September.