The city of St Davids is, in reality, an attractive village on the most westerly peninsula of mainland Britain and the seat of what many consider to be the country's most lovely Cathedral. You’ll also find excellent shops, pubs and restaurants in the City’s centre.
Pilgrims have visited this area since the days of the first 6th century church, and the Cathedral and Bishops palace are still a centre of religion, but today music festivals, craft and art exhibitions are open-air theatre take place here.
The city's central position within a narrow neck of land puts four sandy beaches nearby, the closest being Caerfai Bay less than a mile away from the centre.
A trip to Ramsey, from St Justinian’s slipway, to see the seals and visit the bird sanctuary should not be missed, while Whitesands Beach, renowned for its surf, is popular with beginners and professionals alike.
Alternatively join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to explore the stunning coastline with its hidden coves and beaches.
Blas Restaurant is located in the Twr y Felin Hotel in St Davids. The hotel is set in its own private grounds and situated just a ten-minute walk from the pembrokeshire coast path. They offer fine dining at a very high standard using local produce and serve lunches and evening meals. You have the Oriel Lounge which caters for afternoon teas from 3pm till 5pm and the Cornel Bar is a pre-dinner art lovers snug. To complement the dining experience they have a selection of over twenty old world wines available for you to enjoy.
Caerfai is the nearest beach to St Davids and is popular for bathers, although at high tide the beach is completely covered leaving only rocks and boulders. A feature of the beach is the unusual purple sandstone along the cliffs, which was used to build St Davids Cathedral. The beach itself is pleasant and can very occasionally have some small surf. Its enclosed nature makes it unsuitable for kiting or windsurfing though. It is however an excellent place for coasteering with plenty of caves and rocky outcrops to explore. The cliffs around Caerfai also provide some good, popular climbing routes. Limitied parking is available at the top of the path to the beach or within the large caravan park. To find Caerfai beach follow the signs from the National Park Visitor Centre in St. Davids.
Crug-Glas is a 5 star Country House. It hosts many weddings, private parties and corporate events, as well as a luxurious place for all to dine in the evening. Afternoon Tea and Lunch Menus are available but these are offered by appointment only.
Crug-Glas makes the most of the fresh local produce available to the area to make their menu unlike any other.
Dog only allowed in the outside seating area, but must be kept on leads.
Cwtch is an award-winning restaurant based in the heart of St. David's. This restaurant focusses on providing quality food with delicious flavours and works to use local seasonal produce for all meals. A lovely restaurant for anyone looking to eat in a relaxed and friendly environment.
There is no car park, but there is street parking available.
Dr Beynon's Bug Farm is one of the most unique and exciting attractions that Pembrokeshire has to offer, so much so that it won an award for Most Exciting Business at the 2016 Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards. Also a working farm and Scientific Research Centre, The Bug Farm is now a popular visitor's attraction. With a Tropical Bug Zoo and Bug Museum, a Bug Farm Trail and Walled Garden, and even an indoor play area in their Bug Barn, there is plenty to do and see! They host regular workshops and events as well as offering lectures, tours and bug handling with up-close sessions. The Bug Farm is a Visit Wales Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, having also won Best Start-Up of the Year at the 2016 FSB Worldpay Business Awards and won the 2015 Plantlife International Meadow Maker of the Year for Wales. Dr Sarah Beynon has been selected by the Welsh Government as an "emerging legend" to coincide with Wales' 2017 Year of Legends.
The Bug Farm is also home to the restaurant everyone is talking about, Grub Kitchen, which serves creative and delicious dishes where the ingredients are local conservation grade produce as well as edible insects - don't worry, there are a number of dishes available for those of you who don't fancy sampling bugs! The Grub Kitchen holds a Visit Wales Quality Cafe Award.
The Grub Kitchen is open from 12pm - 3.30pm during Bug Farm opening hours. On days when they are available, up-close sessions are available on the hour every hour between 11am and 4pm with a surcharge of £1 - please check prior to your visit.
Children must be supervised at all times and well behaved dogs are welcome on leads to the Bug Farm however certain areas are marked not suitable for dogs as it is still a working farm.
The very first insect restaurant in not only Pembrokeshire or Wales, but in the whole of the UK! Grub Kitchen is located in a converted calf shed on the outskirts of St Davids, and is run by Head Chef Andy Holcroft (formerly chef at The Cwtch in St Davids) and entomologist/tv presenter Dr Sarah Beynon. This innovative restaurant incorporates entomophagy, the eating of bugs and insects, with quality cooking to create well-loved dishes on their menus. They combine edible insects with local produce to create impressive menus, all the while encouraging visitors to learn all about entamophagy. For those of you who might not be quite brave enough to sample an edible insect or two, you'll be pleased to know that Grub Kitchen offers something for everyone including bug-free dishes made with conservation grade local ingredients.
A National Trust Visitor Centre is here to help visitors make the best of their stay in Pembrokeshire.
With a Studio and Cafe which includes a discovery room which hosts family friendly art and nature activities, a tower which hosts local arts exhibitions and community run classes.
A small cove popular with divers and kayakers with lots of climbing routes on the surrounding cliffs. Again, as with all the beaches in this area also a popular place from which to explore parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. There is a car park with an ice-cream van in the summer but very few other amenities. To find Porthclais follow the small road leading SW from The Cross Square in St. Davids.
Ramsey Island is a popular RSPB Nature Reserve situated offshore of the St. David's Peninsula, and can be accessed via a number of Boat Trips which are able to land on the island or cruise around it. The island is brimming with wildlife particularly bluebells and purple heather, as well as sea-birds such as guillemots, razorbills and choughs.
The Saffron Fine Dining is a family friendly Indian restaurant located in St Davids's so whether you want to eat in or take-away
They will indulge your desire for exquisite hand crafted food that looks sensational and tastes divine, from canapés to the fine dining menus which are based in tradition and authenticity yet with a twist of modernity.
St Davids kitchen is run by a family of farmers, they rear their own meat and grow their own vegetables allowing them to see their produce from farm to folk. As well as using their own ingredients they supports the local farmers, fishermen. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner all year round. They offer an extensive food and drink menu, with popular favourites including their own Welsh Black Beef, Ramsey Island Venison and Lamb, Solva Crab and Lobster. They also have themed nights and a changing specials board and take-away menu available.
First established in 1869, the St David's Lifeboat Station is situated at St Justinians and is operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity mostly funded by public donations. Currently, construction is underway for a brand new lifeboat station alongside the existing lifeboat station, which will hold more modern and improved facilities and equipment, as well as easier access for the crew and delivery of kit. The current station can be seen from the nearby coastal path, or you can even walk down the concrete steps however inside access is not available. You can however visit on special occasions to see the launching of the lifeboat.
Located next to the Cathedral, this Bishop's Palace was originally built and established as a monastery in the 6th Century by Saint David. Most of the structure for this building remains however the Palace is now without a roof.
Please note: Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
A popular destination for pilgrimages, this Cathedral is a huge attraction for those interested in Welsh history and/or religion. St. David's Cathedral as we know it today replaced a monastery which was originally founded on the site by Saint David around 589 AD. Not only is it named after our Patron Saint of Wales, but it also contains a shrine to him. The Cathedral still operates a traditional communion service and also holds various special events such as the annual Cathedral Festival.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
St. David's City Golf Club is a links course overlooking White Sands Bay, situated in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the popular Coastal Path walk. This course is open daily, with no requirement to pre-book a tee time, matches and tournaments are sometimes scheduled so please call ahead for availability if travelling specially.
The birthplace of Saint David, this Chapel was built in 1934 on the site of the original house where Non had lived. The Chapel and its accompanying Holy Well were built in dedication to Saint Non, and have since become popular destinations for pilgrimages. Legend has it that springs appeared at each of the significant milestones of Saint David's life, and many believe this Holy Well appeared during his birth and holds many special healing powers.
Winner of the Gold Prize for Glass in the ‘craft&design’ magazine awards, Steve Robinson is an established fused glass artist and designer whose work is instantly recognisable and collected world-wide. A pioneer in the use of enamels to colour the glass, Steve has developed specialist techniques to create pieces bursting with texture and vibrancy. Glass wall art, bowls, sculptures, awards and trophies are individually and collectively decorative and intriguing. And Steve Robinson glasswork has a particular allure because of the intricacy of its make-up, its uniqueness and its ability to captivate. Bursting with pattern and texture, every piece offers something different drawing the eye and enhancing a room.
He welcomes visitors to the Gallery in St David’s,The Gallery is housed within a Grade II Listed former granary, and inside you will find a display of Steve’s latest work for purchase, from bowls, wall-hangings and larger sculptural works to smaller pieces such as tea-light panels and coasters. You can catch usually a glimpse of Steve at work in his Studio, located behind the Gallery.
A working warm glass studio and gallery with a range of glass wall art, bowls, sculptures, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, trophies, stain glass windows which are all individual and collectively decorative and made on the premises.
Steve Robinson is an award-winning glass artist and designer with a creative flair, craftsmanship and a deep understanding of clients requirements.
Glass courses also available:
Here you'll learn about the techniques that go into designing and crafting fused glass with enamels, and you'll get to try these out yourself.
During this full day workshop you will make your own large wall hanging which we'll fire for you overnight, ready for collection the next day.
Places are limited and subject to availability.
Prices from £250.00 per person.
Positioned on the Cross Square in the centre of St. David's, The Bishops certainly cannot be missed. A real traditional pub serving food seven days a week right throughout the year, this pub strives to serve fresh local fish as often possible - meaning almost daily! With the Cathedral just a few seconds walk down the road, if you're heading to St. David's then The Bishops is most definitely worth a visit.
The Farmers Arms in St. David's is a traditional, cosy country pub. With a real open fire and an outside patio, complete with an outside bar which comes to life during the summer months, this pub is a great place to go all year round. Especially perfect if you fancy a pint and a game of pool!
Experience some of the finest places the natural world has to offer with boat trips to Ramsey island, Skomer and Grassholm. Discover a magical island wilderness coupled with the fun and excitement of a true marine expedition. You will witness some of the most powerful currents in Britain, pass beneath some of the highest cliffs in Wales and see spectacular breeding colonies of thousands of nesting seabirds.
Dogs are welcomed providing they are happy on board and are not particularly verbal during the trip. The number of dogs permitted is limited per trip.
TYF adventure offers world-class Coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking and rock climbing and are run as half days, full days and multi activity weekends in Pembrokeshire. Based in the historic city of St Davids, TYF offers world-leading outdoor activities amongst the incredible scenery and wonderful wildlife. TYF can cater for all age-groups and all levels of skill and ability are welcome.
The hotel's Sea View Restaurant sources local Pembrokeshire Produce and Sea Food. The resident Chef Mark Napper carefully selects local producers and suppliers in Pembrokeshire where possible for the creation of our award winning cuisine. When available produce is purchased directly from local fisherman. The Sea View Restaurant can also caters for smaller to medium-sized functions.