St Davids is named after the patron saint of Wales, Saint David. It was awarded city status in 1995 and is the smallest city in Britain with a population of just over 1,600. St Davids was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1972.
At its heart is the magnificent Cathedral at St Davids which dates back to the 12th century. Always popular with visitors and holidaymakers of all ages, it is well worth a visit to enjoy the scale and sheer beauty of this magnificent local landmark.
St Davids Cathedral is built from a local stone with a beautiful pink and grey colouring. and occupies the valley floor below the village. As you approach from The Square, you can’t see the Cathedral until you get fairly close. When you pass through The Gatehouse, it’s magnificently revealed in front of you. The Cloisters have recently been rebuilt and look as if they have always been there. Next door to this is the Refectory Café and Restaurant (right) serving superb food, which opened in 2006. Next door to St Davids Cathedral is the ruin of The Bishops Palace and is also well worth a visit.
There are a number of very good restaurants, pubs and other places to eat in and around St Davids. Mainly serving local produce, they get very busy in the summer months and need to be booked early. We have our favourites, but part of the fun of staying in Carn Llidi Cottage is trying out for yourselves. A leisurely walk from the Cottage would take 30 minutes, but well worth it once you arrive. Local taxis are also available.
Being an area of such superb beauty, Pembrokeshire and St Davids has a thriving artistic community. Many local artists draw inspiration from the local landscape and their work reflects this. There are numerous galleries in St Davids and the local area and art can be found in many places. Some artists even encourage you to visit them at work such as glass artist and designer Steve Robinson (left) who welcomes all visitors to his studio. Why not explore your own inner artist and paint the local landscape yourself during your stay at Carn Llidi Cottage. One of St Davids’ latest additions is the Oriel y Parc Gallery. The National Park visitor centre has been extended to accommodate a gallery to house a state of the art gallery. Used to display national treasures including the works of Graham Sutherland who was a Pembrokeshire resident for much of his life. The gallery also has a cafe, resident artist and a Tourist Information Centre. It’s open all year and free of charge.
If the great outdoors is your playground then Carn Llidi Cottage is the perfect destination. Whether you’re after a leisurely stroll in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park or a mind-blowing adrenalin rush there’s something for everyone. The are many circular walks around the St Davids peninsula suitable for all ages and abilities taking in many hidden coastal treasures along the way. Boat trips around Ramsey Island to witness the local wildlife are always a hit with families. There’re several local operators who will take you on this exiting journey. If adrenaline is more your thing then there are many operators in St Davids offering activities such as kayaking, coasteering and surfing.