On a holiday in St Davids, there is an almost endless list of possible things to experience. Here are our top 5 must-dos on a trip to this tiny, vibrant city!
Take to the water
An absolute must on a visit to the St Davids Peninsula is to experience the sea, in whatever way you like. From boat trips around Ramsey Island, to surfing or kayaking lessons, to the activity Pembrokeshire is famous for – coasteering! Whatever activity you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
Where to stay
For a short walk (and even shorter drive) to Caerfai Beach, and warming up by the fire after a way on the water.
Experience St Davids’ Foodie Scene
There is an incredibly diverse and exciting food scene in St Davids, with something to suit any palate. St Davids Gin & Kitchen serves beautiful dishes made using the best local ingredients. While you’re there, try their very own St Davids Gin! Pilgrims’ Cafe specialises in breakfast and lunch with interesting twists – head here if you’re looking for vegan options. And of course, what coastal holiday is complete without fish and chips?? In the city itself, the pubs all do their own fantastic dishes, while The Shed in Porthgain is well worth the 10-minute drive to eat them sitting on the harbour wall.
Other notable food places for when you’re having a wander include Chapel Chocolates (perfect for yummy souveniers!), The Bench Ice Cream Parlour (exactly what it says on the tin – beautiful ice cream in wonderful flavours!), and Mr Funk’s Sri Lankan Curry (simply wonderful kottu and rice & curry served from their trailer parked at St Davids Rugby Club during the summer).
Where to stay
To be within easy reach of all that St Davids has to offer, with a luxurious base to return to.
Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Pembrokeshire boasts 186 miles of coast path, a walk along which consists of breathtaking views, deserted coves and a fair bit of opportunity for wildlife spotting. Whether you set aside a day to pull your boots on and explore, or simply enjoy a short stroll to your favourite beach or pub, make sure you set foot on the coast path during your visit to St Davids!
Where to stay:
Close to the coast path at Caerfai Bay, with the hustle and bustle of St Davids just a stroll in the other direction.
Take in the Culture
In between walking, swimming and eating, make sure you put aside some time for learning about the rich history and culture of St Davids. A visit to St Davids Cathedral is high up on anyone’s itinerary, as it should be, but whilst you’re in the valley, be sure to visit the Bishops Palace just next door.
As well as this convenient one-stop-shop for St Davids’ history, there are little nooks of wonder dotted around the coastline. Visit St Nons Chapel, or for something a little different St Davids Lifeboat Station where you can learn all about the important position the RNLI has held in our community for years!
Where to stay
For obvious reasons! Gaze out at the Cathedral from the enclosed garden to the back of this traditional St Davids cottage.
Shop ’til you drop
St Davids is bursting with fantastic independent shops, as well as a few high street favourites, which all combine to create a brilliant shopping scene! Whether you’re after a few local bits to take home as presents, some fresh fruit and veg or a locally woven rug – you’ll find it in the city centre. Here are a few of our favourites:
West Point Trading – stocked with beautiful fresh vegetables, local foodie goodies as well as an eco refilling station.
Solva Woollen Mill – The local woollen mill have a branch in St Davids, stocked with their own woven rugs as well as other stunning Welsh textiles.
Unsunghero – One of the surf shops lining the high street, serving great coffee as well as boards, wetsuits and clothing.
TYF Adventure – As well as being a go-to for guided activities like coasteering, their beautiful shop sells sustainable clothing and eco products.
Where to stay
Get friends and family together at the heart of St Davids, and experience the rich offerings of this tiny city.