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 Davids 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. Find out more about St. Davids Cathedral The Bishops Palace 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. Find out more about the Bishop’s Palace 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. Find out more about the Oriel y Parc Gallery Island boat trips 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. Search for island boat trips Pebbles Espresso Bar and Gallery 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. Find out more about Pebbles Espresso Bar and Gallery Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. The story of North Wales From Viking beginnings to craftsmen, harpists and sunbathers, north Wales has quite a history. A royal North Wales Follow in the footsteps of princes and discover hidden castles, tranquil churches and royal abodes. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaigns tells us what’s special about Wales. Organic goodness Pembrokeshire food producer Adam Vincent is at the heart of the food revolution in Wales.