St Davids Cathedral (Welsh: Eglwys Gadeiriol Tyddewi) is situated in St Davids, Britain's smallest city, in the county of Pembrokeshire, near the most westerly point of Wales.
The monastic community was founded by Saint David, Abbot of Menevia, who died in 589. Between 645 and 1097, the community was attacked many times by raiders, including the Vikings; however it was of such note as both a religious and an intellectual centre that King Alfred summoned help from the monastic community at St Davids in rebuilding the intellectual life of the Kingdom of Wessex. Many of the bishops were murdered by raiders and marauders, including Bishop Moregenau in 999 and Bishop Abraham in 1080. The stone that marked his grave, known as the "Abraham Stone", is intricately carved with early Celtic symbols and is now on permanent display within the Cathedral Exhibition at Porth-y-Tŵr.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||12:30 – 5:30 PM|
Veronica Jones | May 12, 2018
I visited with a group of school children , we were shown around this amazing building by your wonderful staff. Enid in particular was fascinating and the children were transfixed by her. However throughout the whole tour a member of staff was stacking chairs and hoovering ! Making it difficult for her and the children to concentrate. We have taught our children to be respectful and they behaved very well. Perhaps hoovering could be done out of hours as I'm sure it spoilt it for us and all the many visitor's there.
D THOMAS | Mar 5, 2018
Great Cathedral to visit if you are in or near St Davids Its free to get in, but there is an advised donation if you want to donate. Been here a few times and its always great to look at. Had a very nice chat with one of the guides there. Seemed very knowledgeable of the history of some of the tombs there. Lovely gift shop on site as well.
david evans | Apr 7, 2018
No visit to the part of Wales should go without a visit to this splendid Cathedral, set in beautiful surroundings and if the weather is kind an alround great place to go. Inside the features are unmissable and the general condition in and out is remarkable.A large car park is at the top of the city on the opposite end to the Cathedral as well as a small parking area just down from the Cathedral, however the stroll down from the top park adds to the enjoyment of St Davids,.. pop in for a cream tea in one of the many teashops in this little city to make the trip complete..
Joe Holland | Apr 22, 2018
Our visit to St Davids was part of Brenda and my fantastic trip to Wales. We worship at St David of Wales in DENTON, Texas. Therefore we felt we had to visit this magnificent Church when the opportunity presented itself. We attended April 15. My advice to visitors is don’t just come and view St Davids as you would a museum. Come on a Sunday morning and discover what St Davids is really all about. Joe Holland. DENTON, Texas
matt roberts | May 15, 2018
We went a few weeks ago and unfortunately it was closed for a private service, it was awesome thought sitting in the sun outside listening to the singing of the people inside 😁 We just visited other places until we were allowed in.
Simon Sheldon | May 21, 2018
A stunning cathedral in a beautiful village. Have a slow walk around the cathedral soaking up the history. Look out for the modern gargoyle! Inside doesn't disappoint with beautiful vaulted ceilings and stain glass windows.
Tim Tiley | May 31, 2018
Unique wonderful setting in a hollow below the "village" (Having an important cathedral St Davids is technically a very small city) standing alongside the extensive roofless ruins of an impressive medieval bishop's palace...As you approach the Cathedral the first glimpse you have from the village square is only the top half of a massive central tower rising from below...you then realise the scale of the whole building as you walk down to it. The most impressive cathedral in Wales...well worth discovering.
Dayne Stone | May 16, 2018
Plenty of parking at the Cathedral and always something going on inside. The cannons can be see in prayer several times a day which can be seen at particular alters. Very nice place to take your time exploring and the grounds are just as nice giving different levels to view the amazing architecture from. Disability access to most entrances and lifts available in inside.
Valerie Hinchliffe | Jul 12, 2018
Beautiful, ancient cathedral and place of pilgrimage that sits in a hollow below a charming little city. The interior has an atmosphere of great antiquity and spirituality. Free to enter, but there is a suggested donation of £3. I was especially impressed by the carved oak ceilings, the magnificent presbytery and St David's shrine with its dazzling icons. Don't miss the Treasury containing croziers, rings and chalices found in the tombs of medieval bishops. There was a concert taking place when I was there, very old and haunting music performed by singers with stringed instruments and drums. I enjoyed it immensely. There's a refectory and two gift shops, and disabled access at both ends of the cathedral.
G Kom | Jul 24, 2018
A truly remarkable piece of architecture in the area of West Wales. Interesting style. Noticeable size. Interesting surroundings. Definitely worth visiting by everyone in the area. Parking spaces across the street, low cost. Cathedral's location very convenient for the exploration of the whole smallest city of Wales.
Calm Storm | Aug 12, 2018
It's such a beautiful place to visit. Parking might be a little issue. But the place is beautiful. With so much history! I was surprised to find its free too!!!
Steven Jones | Aug 15, 2018
The cathedral is nice to visit, quiet and we learned a place of Pilgrimage. There is a delapadated Bishops Palace and it has a lovely surrounding landscape. Worth a quiet moment to enjoy and view impressive architecture.
William Johnson | Jul 17, 2018
St. David's cathedral, situated in Pembrokeshire, South west Wales is in a beautiful location, nestling below St Davids itself and easily in walking distance. Entry is free, with a donation suggested for the upkeep of the cathedral. Local food available in cafes and restaurants as well as boat trips to surrounding islands (book early !) and the usual tourist attractions (ice cream, souvenirs and beach gear). Whitesands Bay, a popular flat sand beach, is a short car ride away with parking around £4 for the day.
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