There is plenty to see and do on the St Davids Peninsula, here are a few of the local landmarks that we think you should consider visiting.
The City of St Davids
Named after Wales’ patron saint, St David, and a place of pilgrimage since 1120, when David was officially recognised as a Catholic saint and the Cathedral became an official pilgrimage destination. Despite its city status, it has a population of less than 2000 people. From Oriel y Parc, wander into the charming historic centre with its art galleries, gift shops and cafes, and then on to the magnificent medieval Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
Follow the links to find out more about a short historic walk around St Davids, short walks around St Davids (Meidr Dywyll/Carn Warpool), a three mile short walk around St Davids and a short walk around St Davids/Porth Clais.
Follow the link to find out more about the legend of the Birth of St David (Dewi Sant in Welsh).
A curving mile-long, west-facing, Blue Flag, sandy beach – widely considered to be one of the best in the country. Whitesands is sheltered by Ramsey Island and is perfect for surfers or paddlers alike. At very low tide the remains of an ancient forest can be seen, consisting of stumps of birch, fir, hazel and oak trees. Parking is adjacent to the beach and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
For fantastic views, sure-footed walkers can head for the summit of Carn Llidi (595ft; 181m) – one of the finest hills in Pembrokeshire. From here you can see the full curve of the sweeping Pembrokeshire coastline and on a clear day, the Wicklow Hills in Ireland. As you approach the hill, take time to visit the 5000 year-old burial chamber of Coetan Arthur, with an 8ft capstone and supports.
St Davids Airfield
During World War II St Davids Airfield was the scene of constant activity as an RAF Coastal Command base engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic. Today St Davids Airfield is a peaceful place. In spring skylarks now fill the air with their persistent song.
In the mid 1990s the National Park Authority bought most of the disused airfield and began a major landscaping project to restore and recreate wildlife habitats and safeguard public access and enjoyment. The remainder of the airfield was returned to farming use. Follow the links to find out more about an easy access route on St Davids Airfield and a short walk on St Davids Airfield.