Porthclais Harbour

St. Davids, United Kingdom

Porthclais Harbour


Porthclais (also known as Porth Clais) is a small sheltered inlet harbour near St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales, in the community of St Davids and the Cathedral Close.

Porthclais harbour was built in the 12th century, importing coal and timber. The entire harbour is within the St David's Peninsula Site of Special Scientific Interest. Porthclais is still used as a small port by local fishermen and recreational sailors. The largely intact old harbour wall may have been built by the Romans, and the harbour was mentioned in the mediaeval Mabinogion. The earliest recorded date of trade through the port is 1385.

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