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St David’s and the Cathedral

St David's is one of the most enchanting spots in Britain. Officially a city, it is little bigger than a large village, sited at the westernmost point of Wales. With so many historical sites, outdoor-pursuit centres, surf beaches, good cafes, superb walks, bathing and climbing, St Davids and its peninsula are a must if you want to experience Wales at its wildest. 
 
Built upon the site of St David's 6th century monastery, St Davids Cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for 1500 years. Built of purple hued stone, the cathedral sits in a hollow formed by the River Alun so as to hide it from view from the sea and make the city less vulnerable to possible attack. 
 
The 125 ft tower, topped by gold pinnacles, has clocks on three sides only, as the people on the northern side of the parish couldn't raise enough money for one to be constructed facing them.
 
Inside, look out for the intricate latticed oak roof in the nave, and the magnificently bold and bright lantern ceiling of the tower.
    
The Cathedral Gallery and Refrectory 
The Cloister Gallery provides a showcase for high quality arts and crafts in a year round changing programme. This includes work from both Pembrokeshire artists and those from further afield whose work is inspired by the area.

The Refectory at the Cathedral offers home-made food made from local ingredients. The lunch menu changes daily and there are always freshly made sandwiches and cakes on offer, plus excellent tea and coffee.

From June to September the Refrectory offers Summer Suppers with a daily changing menu using fresh fish, locally sourced meat and vegetarian specials. Book your table on +44 (0)1437 721760

St Davids Cathedral
Address:
St Davids Cathedral
The Close
St Davids
Pembrokeshire
SA62 6RH
Wales, UK

St Davids Cathedral
Opening Times:
During the months of July and August there are regular tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 2:30pm
All tours last approximately ninety minutes

St Davids Cathedral Admission:
Adults (17 years and over) £4.00
Students £2.50
Children (6 - 16 years) £1.20

Tickets should be purchased in the Cathedral Bookshop in the Nave before joining the tour.
Guided tours of the cathedral are available for groups booking ahead. Please provide at least three weeks notice. Groups larger than fifty may be split into two or more groups so that all are able to see and hear what the guide saying.

To book a tour for your group please contact:
R.G.Tarr
23 Maes-yr-Hedydd
St Davids
Pembrokeshire
SA62 6QW
Wales, UK

T  +44 (0)1437 720691 

F  +44 (0)1437 721885
 
Cathedral Contact Details
 
T  +44 (0)1437 720199/720204 (general enquiries)

F  +44 (0)1437 721885
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