St Davids Holidays
St Davids is Britain’s Smallest City. Despite being small ‘village like’ it sure does pack in many wonderful things to do.
Here’s some inspiration to help plan your perfect St Davids Holiday.
The St Davids Guide
ST DAVIDS IS BRITAIN’S SMALLEST CITY
But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in Character. Independent shops, restaurants and cafes line the streets, and traditional coastal pubs serve up cold pints in sunny beer gardens in summer months or next to a roaring fire during winter.
St Davids is a great community with a fantastic atmosphere.
SELF CATERING IN ST DAVIDS IS EFFORTLESS
There is a great selection of local foodie shops, as well as a diverse range of places to eat out. Spend time wandering around Britain’s smallest city taking in the magnificent St Davids Cathedral, walk to the spectacular Caerfai Beach or take a 5 minute drive to Whitesands Beach and Pembrokeshire’s glorious coast.
With our selection of cosy cottages and large town houses in the centre of St Davids, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday.
TOP 6 THINGS TO DO IN ST DAVIDS
St Davids Cathedral & Bishops PalaceThe peace and history of these awesome spaces tucked in a valley at the bottom of St Davids will leave you amazed and refreshed.
Discover coasteeringPembrokeshire is the birthplace of coasteering, and it’s the most exciting way to explore the St Davids coastline! TYF are the pioneers of Coasteering, based in the High Street in St Davids
Ramsey Island Boat TripAn RSPB reserve bursting with wildlife, Ramsey Island is so awe inspiring. A Boat Trip around Ramsey Island offers the chance to see all of our Coastal Wildlife. You’ll be thinking about it long after!
Go ShoppingSt Davids is full of mostly independent shops, from coastal household items at Basallt & Dune, to surfboards at Unsunghero, and everything in between!
The Bug Farm and Grub KitchenWhen the sun isn’t shining, there’s still plenty of things to do in St Davids. Head to The Bug Farm to learn about all things creepy crawly. Try the delicious food at Grub Kitchen!
Whitesands BeachOne of the most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire and it is easy to see why. In a magnificent setting with views of Ramsey Island, this Blue Flag Beach is unforgettable.
BEST WALKS AROUND ST DAVIDS
St Davids is surrounded by wonderful walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, all with stunning views at any time of year. There are some fabulous circular walks but we think there is something particularly satisfying about catching the coastal bus from St Davids and walking back.
The Puffin Shuttle and Celtic Coaster run around the Pembrokeshire coast line, and are an easy, affordable way to get around. Timetables are available online, or can be picked up in lots of local shops!
Our Favourite Walks from St Davids include:
- Caerfai Beach to St Nons – Great circular walk from St Davids along the Coast Path. 1.5 hours
- St Nons to Porthclais – There’s a chapel dedicated to St Non on the Coast Path, walk round to Porthclais and make sure to stop at Porthclais Kiosk for an ice cream or coffee! 2 hours
- St Justinians to Whitesands – be sure to take a look around St Davids Lifeboat Station at St Justinians before setting off. Catch the coastal bus back to St Davids from Whitesands beach. 1.5 hours
- St Davids Head – a rugged circular walk with lots of wildlife to look out for. 1.5 hours
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN ST DAVIDS
If you’re after a foodie break, you’re in the right place! St Davids has a fantastic choice of eateries to choose from with most tastes and budgets catered for. In summer months and weekends, booking is essential.
Famed for its local gins, St Davids Gin and Kitchen serves a tasty selection of tapas championing local produce to sit alongside its Ramsey Island Gin.
For a good coffee and funky vibe, try The Meadow on the High Street. It serves breakfast and lunch and offers simple food with many locally sourced ingredients. They do a fantastic Vegan menu.
St Davids Cross Hotel on the High Street has a great beer garden at front – a lovely spot on a sunny day to sit and watch the world go by.
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BEST BEACHES NEAR ST DAVIDS
A favourite among local surfers and sunbathers alike, Whitesands has something for everyone! A sunny day spent here is a slice of heaven – picture swimming, soaking up the sun, building sandcastles, all before fish and chips from the beach side cafe. If you want to learn something new while you’re there, huts offering surfboard hire and surf lessons open up in the summer. It will make a good story if nothing else!
A mile’s walk down twisting back roads from St Davids brings you to the Caerfai Bay and beach. A sheltered cove great for a swim in often crystal clear waters, Caerfai is lined by the purple sandstone that built St Davids Cathedral. Kids will love the fantastic rock pooling while the adults sort the picnic! Access to the beach is down a steep hill, but parking at the top is available.