Saint Govan (Welsh: Gofan) (died 586) was a hermit who lived in a fissure on the side of coastal cliff near Bosherston, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales. St. Govan's Chapel was built in the fissure in the 13th century on what is now known as St. Govan's Head.
One story says Govan was an Irish monk who travelled to Wales late in life to seek the friends and family of the abbot who had trained him, variously identified as Saint David or Saint Ailbe of Emly. Another story identifies Govan with Gawain, one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table; another that he was originally a thief.
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Ben George | Feb 4, 2018
Unpredicted access to ancient history! The church is over 1500 years and visitors are able to walk and explore the site freely. A real privilege and experience. Less physically able visitors should be aware that access to the chapel can be difficult as it is accessed via a steep set of stone steps.
Martin Charles | Feb 25, 2018
A place of wonder. (on a sunny day). Lots of steep steps but well worth the effort
Danielle Mann | Mar 1, 2018
One of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen in my life. It's an experience I'll never forget.
Maria Riu Caballol | Nov 22, 2017
Nice Small tiny church in he middle of the rocks. You have a great view of the sea and seaside, but the chapel is quite small. Just a nice curious place to stop if you’re going somewhere else.
Joshua Hext | Jan 27, 2018
Just Beautiful. I was here in the winter at low tide and I saw seals. Would have been worth it even without them though
Jo anna | Apr 3, 2018
Free parking. Short walk down some difficult steps to the quaint chapel on a cliff edge. More or less in tact. Not advisable with small kids. No toilets here. Also walked across the military range, next door, as my kids wanted to look at the tanks in the field. A sign tells you when if is safe to enter!
Darren McDonald | Apr 1, 2018
A must see experience. Beautiful views and lovely walk. The chapel is unique and built into the cliff.
Hywel Jones | Apr 15, 2018
A totally unique experience, a chapel built into the rock, a must see. There's free parking for cars and coaches, some parking bays are designated for the disabled. The steps down to the chapel are very steep! remember to count the steps on your way down, as legend has it that you'll have a different number to climb back up... The chapel is very small 20x12 feet, St Govan is supposed to have been buried under the alter. You can exit the chapel and onto the rocks below, ideal for taking some pictures. Some say St Govan who built this chapel in the 13th century, is actually Gwain one of Athur's knights of the round table.
David Clifford | Apr 11, 2018
Just one on those historic places you should visit in Wales then take a walk around the fantastic headland.
Kim Neblett | May 4, 2018
A beautiful place. The walk down is ok, a little steep but there is a handrail its is harder coming up. Down pass the chapel are lots of really large rocks so probably not suitable for really young or immobile, but we saw children there having a great time running between the rocks and big arches. The views are amazing could have spent ages down this area will never forget it
G Kom | May 14, 2018
The legend is true... Different number of steps downwards and upwards! In any case, interesting chapel by the sea. Worth visiting and walking around the surrounding area.
steve yeo | May 6, 2018
This is a must see. The Chapel has a free car park at the cliff end and then some steep steps but with a banister to assist. The whole area is on the verge of a military tank range which doesn't seem to bother the sheep. It is absolutely stunning.
Dayne Stone | May 9, 2018
Lovely place to visit, many tales surround the chapel most famous of which is that of the golden bell which is hidden inside one of the holders below, that still to this day rings whenever it's tapped as if there were a bell inside.
Rebecca Soan | May 23, 2018
Beautiful chapel. Stunning location. Check for range open times. It's a well preserved building. Nice walks on the range, lovely wildflowers, wildlife. Parking available.
Marthe andAntoine Danzin | Jul 2, 2018
A little jewelry hidden between two cliffs. One must go through it to access the sea. Never seen that before. Was the chapel built on the path or is the path crossing the chapel? Not much to see inside but amazing view to the seaside. Beware you can really access the sea for a swim from there but we saw a few fishermen and little explorers turning down the rocks or trying the echos in the natural caves underneath. You need proper shoes to go further down the chapel.
John Reeves | Jun 18, 2018
Great place to have a nice walk. Lovely views out to sea. A good walk over to the coastguard station and a great view from their rooftop. If you want see St Govan chapel be prepared for 70 odd steps up and down which can be slippy in wet weather. Free parking too. Also worth a drive down to the green bridge of Wales and elegug stacks to see the guillemots and razorbills on the stacks. Don't forget to check the road is open and not closed due to military exercises that take place, nearby. A quick Google will be able to tell you.
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