Exploring Pembrokeshire: A Day in St Davids

Fancy a city break with a difference this year? Why not come and explore the delights of St Davids, Britain's smallest city? It may be tiny but it has plenty to offer visitors of all kinds. Whether you like history, shopping, arts and crafts, or just watching the world go by with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, our favourite little city has something for you. Best of all, it’s just a short walk from Warpool Court Hotel!

Discover the history of St Davids

No day in St Davids is complete without a visit to our most famous attraction – the stunning St Davids Cathedral, built in the 12th Century. Apart from the beautiful architecture, you can see the recently restored Shrine of St David and there's also plenty to see in the Cathedral Treasury, full of religious artefacts and treasures. In the Gatehouse you can get a fascinating insight into the history of the site and find out what’s going on the schedule of each day's events.

Alongside the Cathedral you’ll find the impressive St Davids Bishop's Palace, a ruined Medieval palace from the 13th and 14th centuries. If you’re fortunate enough to be in St Davids during the summer holidays, be sure to look out for the open air theatre performances which take place here.

Arts and crafts

In the centre of the St Davids, you’ll find a range of independent shops selling a variety of local arts and crafts, so there’s no shortage of places to pick up a nice souvenir or two.

Pembrokeshire has long been a magnet for artists due to its incredible landscape and wildlife so it’s a great place to come if you appreciate some fine art. In fact, we have a rather nice collection of our own here at the hotel! In St Davids itself, there are several art galleries to explore, each one offering a range of work, much of which is inspired by the beautiful local environment.

The Oriel Albion Gallery offers paintings inspired by the St Davids peninsula and textile art inspired by the local environment around St Davids. Goat Street Gallery is found in a converted chapel in the centre of the city. Here you’ll find fine art, textiles and pottery from a number of contemporary artists and craftspeople.

Probably the most well-known gallery can be found in the Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre. There are regular local arts exhibitions here as well as those featuring artefacts from the National Museum of Wales’ collection. You can also get all the visitor information you need for the surrounding area here, so it’s well worth a visit.

Relax in tranquil St Davids

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life or just take a rest, why not just sit and watch the world go by for a while? St Davids is more like a large village than a city and as such, has a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. There are some lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants in St Davids where you can grab a bite to eat, take five and recharge your batteries ready for yet more exploring. Or you could simply wander back to Warpool Court Hotel for a meal in our Sea View restaurant or perhaps treat yourself to a spot of afternoon tea overlooking our Italianate gardens and the sparkling sea beyond.

If you’d like to come and visit us in Britain’s smallest city, at Warpool Court we have a range of luxury double, twin or family rooms to choose from, with stunning sea or country views. Our friendly reception staff will also be on hand to help you find the best places in the area to go exploring and get the best out of your holiday in Pembrokeshire. So, why not book online or contact us today to begin your Pembrokeshire adventure?

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