5 favourite places in St Davids

Travel writer and St Davids local, Alf Alderson tells us about his favourite places to spend time in and around the city – from historic sights to the best people-watching spots. 

  • St David's Cathedral
    St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire by seentwistle

    The 12th century cathedral, built from dusky purple sandstone, is one of Wales’ most iconic religious sites and sits tucked away in a sheltered vale beside the River Alun. Here you can learn about the history of St Davids, visit the impressive Treasury collection and enjoy home-cooked and locally-sourced food at The Refectory.

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  • These brooding Gothic ruins lie on the opposite bank of the river from the cathedral and provide a suitably dramatic backdrop for open air theatre performances in the summer. Bishop Henry de Gower’s legacy consists of the simpler east range, his private domain, and the grander south range, built for banqueting in the great hall.

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  • The exterior of the Oriel y Parc gallery
    Oriel y Parc gallery, Pembrokeshire by Dubris

    Located in the National Park Information Centre, this gallery often hosts displays from national collections and includes works by abstract painter Graham Sutherland, who left a collection of his dramatic and imaginative landscapes to the people of Pembrokeshire, stipulating that the paintings should be seen in the place which had inspired them.

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  • Atlantic Puffin on Skomer Island

    Atlantic Puffin on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

    Boat trips to the wild offshore islands of Ramsey, Grassholm, Skomer and Skokholm offer an opportunity to get close to the sea life that call this rugged landscape home. Catch a glimpse of puffins, gannets, porpoises, dolphins and whales and choose a 15-minute island hop or a leisurely cruise depending on how sturdy your sea legs are.

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  • Exterior of the Pebbles Yard Gallery and Expresso Bar
    Pebbles Espresso Bar and Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire by rosie girl1

    Catch the sun and people watch in the courtyard with an espresso or sit inside and enjoy the works of local wildlife photographer Jacki Sime at this welcoming little coffee shop. The gallery exhibits art by ceramists, jewellers and artists and the Espresso Bar also hosts regularly changing exhibitions.  

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