St Davids Cathedral
Hidden in a hollow and behind high walls, St Davids Cathedral is intentionally unassuming. The valley site was chosen in the vain hope...
Thousand Islands Expeditions
The only operator permitted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to land day-trippers on Ramsey Island (adult/child...
Voyages of Discovery
Offers trips to Ramsey Island (adult/child £25/13), as well as 2½-hour whale- and dolphin-watching trips (adult/child £60/30) and...
Even though St Davids is a bit of a tourist trap, you'd be hard-pressed finding a more authentic country pub. There's real ale and...
Refectory at St Davids
The food's quite canteenish, but the restoration of the cathedral refectory is a triumph of design. Medieval St Mary's Hall has been...
Bishop's Palace information
Across the river from the cathedral, this atmospheric ruined palace, run by Cadw (the Welsh historic monuments agency), was begun at the same time as the cathedral, but its final, imposing form owes most to Henry de Gower, bishop from 1327 to 1347.
Its most distinctive feature is the arcaded parapet that runs around the courtyard, decorated with a chequerboard pattern of purple and yellow stone blocks. The corbels that support the arches are richly adorned with a menagerie of carved figures – lions, monkeys, dogs and birds, as well as grotesque mythical creatures and human heads. The distinctive purple sandstone, also used in the cathedral, comes from Caerbwdy Bay, a mile southeast of St Davids.
The palace courtyard provides a spectacular setting for open-air plays in summer.