St David’s is the UK’S smallest city, located within the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park West Wales. With its small streets, local shops and some great places to have a bit to eat St Davids makes a great day out for the whole family.
Car parking is located in the city for a small charge and also at the Cathedral again for a small charge.
A war memorial is at the centre of the city with seating which is ideal place to have your fish and chips. Several shops are within walking distance including gift shops, restaurants and take a ways. A visitor’s centre is located just as you enter the city which will give up to the minute information and history of the city.
St Davids makes a quite relaxing day out which can include the cathedral at the bottom of the hill which can be reached by the steps from the city or by driving down and parking in the cathedral car park.
The Cathedral as it stands today was begun by Norman Bishop Peter de Leia in 1181.
The central tower collapsed twice in the 12th century, however in the fourteenth century, Welsh Bishop Henry Gower had it repaired and extended in his remodelling programme, which included the nave, the choir and the major stone screen.
To the side of the cathedral is Bishop’s Palace, home to the Bishop of St Davids.
Today after much renovation the cathedral is open most days to the public and is well worth a visit and still contains some church relics.
St David’s dates back to around the 6th century, St David who founded the monastery and church. The monastic brotherhood that David founded was very strict — besides praying and celebrating masses, they cultivated the land and carried out many crafts, including beekeeping, in order to feed themselves and the many pilgrims and travellers who needed lodgings. They also fed and clothed the poor and needy. The original cathedral built on the site was often plundered by the Vikings and was finally burnt and destroyed in 1087. The current Cathedral was built by the Normans and was visited by William the Conqueror in 1077, Henry II in 1171, and Edward I and Queen Eleanor in 1284.
Pope Calixtus II decreed that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equivalent to one to Rome.
A wide variety of shops are all within walking distance, stoking a huge range of hand crafted souvenirs. You can even find a super market on your left as you leave the city.
Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre
Located on the right as you enter the city of St Davids, this visitor centre has a cafe with local produce. Displays of community art projects, a visitor centre with exclusively designed silver jewellery, art materials, cards, locally made jams and chutneys, children’s toys and a wide range of books.
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