St Davids has Christmas covered
St Davids – or Tyddewi - the smallest city in the UK, is a gem to visit any time of year, but it has a particular charm at Christmas time. From its location, not far from the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline, to its cathedral and high street of independent shops, you can indulge in some last minute Christmas shopping, soak up the atmosphere in St Davids cathedral, or blow away the cobwebs. Yes, it’s fair to say that St Davids has Christmas covered, and while we're busy getting the hotel ready for 2017, we'll be making the most of everything the town has to offer!
If you’re looking for a faceless shopping mall with familiar high street shops crowded in together, St Davids is not the place for you – but at Christmas time, do you really want the stress of elbowing your way through the crowds to track down the gift of the moment? The independent shops and galleries of St Davids offer a variety of options for Christmas gifts, from foodie delights at St Davids Food and Wine to local art, sculpture and pottery from galleries such as Oriel y Felin and Goat Street Gallery.
St Davids Cathedral
Even if you aren’t religious, St Davids Cathedral is an incredibly special place to visit. It’s a stunning example of Norman architecture, remarkably well preserved from the ravages of the centuries. As well as simply visiting, to wander round the building admiring the architecture and taking in the peaceful atmosphere, the cathedral has a number of special services including a traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on 22nd December.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Wrap up and head to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for stunning views of this coastline at its most rugged. There’s something very seductive about the coast path in winter, all the more so if you happen upon a clear winter’s day. It certainly beats a potter round the local park if you need to blow the cobwebs away after over indulging at the Christmas table.
You would certainly not be the first to be enticed to the beach at winter time. With the crowds of summer dispersed, the beaches of the Pembrokeshire coastline take on a different character – take Whitesands Beach. Windswept and isolated perhaps, but there’s a beauty in the isolation.
Quirky events and things to do
St Davids has lots going on even over the Christmas period. Services at the Cathedral, wild food foraging walks (to book and for more details call 01437 720392) and of course the annual New Year’s Day swim at Whitesands Beach for the committed sea swimmers, organised by the St Davids Penknife Club.
What more can we say – add to all this the cosy atmosphere of St Davids that you'll find all year round, and you can see why it's such a great place to visit at Christmas time.