When on holiday in St Davids, you may only have a week or a few days to experience the best that this wonderful city and its surroundings have to offer. This local’s guide to St Davids has the best things to see and do while you’re here, so you can spend less time researching and more time making memories!
A favourite among locals for surfing, sunbathing, and sandcastle building – sometimes all on the same day! This beach is your go-to for a family day out, as it has surfboard hire, toilets, ice cream and a cafe all in the car park.
An easy, 1 mile walk from St Davids is Caerfai. This is a fantastically sheltered cove perfect for swimming or picnicking. Head to St Davids Food & Wine on route to pick up some lovely lunch time bites and enjoy an afternoon on the sand.
Porthsele is about a half an hour walk along the coast path from Whitesands, and is a great option for a swim on what tends to be a quieter beach. With no parking on site, this is a good option for couples who don’t mind the walk!
This fantastic restaurant is based on the ethos that wild is wonderful! Many of the ingredients in their lunches, evening meals, cakes and cocktails are foraged from around the St Davids Peninsula. This theme, coupled with their upcycled furniture and shop upstairs make a must-visit in St Davids.
Serving wood-fired pizzas and a fabulous range of craft beers in the heart of St Davids, Grain has fast become a firm favourite with locals and visitors! Tables are outdoors, under canvas and in a cabin, so it’s great whatever the weather. Grain doesn’t take bookings, so be there early or prepare to wait for a table.
On your way home from a day on Caerfai beach, pop into this street food trailer serving delicious burgers! It’s well worth the walk in the other direction too, and best eaten above the beach taking in the view.
On a sunny evening in St Davids, there’s no better place for a cocktail than the garden of the St Davids Cross Hotel. Enjoy a tipple while watching the world go by on Cross Square. The food is also great!
TYF Adventure is now in two buildings in the centre of St Davids. In one is a great shop for all your outdoor needs, and the other is the base for their adventures and kit hire. This base also serves fantastic takeaway coffee, so is a good option for a mid-wander pick me up!
This unassuming kiosk serves some of the best coffee around in the most beautiful of settings. A convenient stop off on a coast path walk, or a destination in itself. Head down to Porthclais at high tide for a dip and a sip!
This shop is a treasure trove of beautiful, carefully curated pieces that make beautiful gifts, or to take back to your home. The colour scheme is instantly calming, and with space restricted the owners are careful about the number of people in there at once, giving you plenty of space to browse.
A fruit and veg shop, and so much more! Head here for local goodies like chutneys, jams, gin, and chocolate, as well as ingredients for a home-cooked meal in your holiday cottage by the sea. Be sure to head to Mrs Will the Fish afterwards for the main ingredient.
This is an online collection of local producers, all featured on the website and ready to be part of your ideal shop to pick up on your arrival day and see you through the week. Order by Thursday for collection on Saturday.
On a warm day, there’s nothing better than a dip in the sea, and the wild swimming scene in Pembrokeshire lasts all year round! Stay safe and make sure you always go with someone. If your holiday companions aren’t feeling it, or you’d like to swim with people who know the local area, join the local Bluetits group.
Pembrokeshire is known as the birthplace of coasteering, and we have many fantastic adventure companies to help you see the coast in this unique way. Check out TYF Adventure for adventures starting in St Davids or Celtic Quest Coasteering who are based adjacent to the famous Blue Lagoon.
Walk the coast path
With 186 miles of incredible views, wildlife and hidden coves to discover, a walk of any length on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a must. Whether it’s a short stroll to the beach or a day’s walking with a flask and snacks, this path will blow you away.
St Davids Cathedral & Bishops Palace
These two incredible sites nestle in the valley at the bottom of St Davids. Take a stroll around the Cathedral grounds before being enveloped in the hush and peace inside. Then head to the ruins of the Bishops Palace next door, where you can explore and even take a picnic.
St Nons Chapel
St Non’s Chapel is thought to be the birthplace of St David and named after his mother. The ruins of the original chapel and its more modern counterpart sit overlooking the sparkling blue sea, and is on a fantastic circular walk from St Davids.