St. Davids Cathedral

St. Davids Cathedral

St. Davids Cathedral
4.5
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Jacki51
Cambridge, UK149 contributions
The cathedral sits below the city of St Davids. There has been a church on this site since the 6th century but the current cathedral has been added in various stages. It is currently open to the public 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Saturday and 13.00 to 17.00 on Sundays with no entrance fee although a donation is suggested, which can be paid by card. The ceilings are magnificent and the Treasury has some excellent exhibits. The arches along the nave are mainly Romanesque but the two at the end are Gothic in shape; all are beautifully carved. The quire has wonderful small wooden heads hidden amongst the woodwork. There is a gift shop outside along with the ruins of the 14th century Bishop's Palace but, unfortunately, this was closed Thursdays and Fridays while we were in the area.
Written June 22, 2021
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,500 contributions
In the land of bards and ancient tales lived a man who built a Church of Wales.
Many came to this western town to hear a man of great renown.

I could go on

The cathedral is situated in a meadow just below the city centre. There is no entrance fee but visitor are asked to make a contribution to its upkeep. Parts of the cathedral have been modernised, although some of the main structure remain intact. Inside is the grave of Edmund Tudor who was the father of Henry VII. You can walk round at leisure and there are some beautiful artefacts on display, especially those in the small treasure house. A must for any visitor to the city.
Written October 17, 2021
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MikeyG53
Emersons Green, UK3,143 contributions
On a very warm Sunday we decided to have a trip in the car from our holiday base in Little Haven to St. Davids to look around the smallest city (by population) in the UK (the City of London is the smallest by area). To be honest it really was too hot (over 30C) but we did manage to park close to the Cathedral and walk the short distance to the Cathedral itself passing the ruins of the Bishops Palace. We enjoyed an ice cream from a farm that is about 8 miles away from were we live in East Bristol.

We visited the shop and bought some locally made jewellery and we walked around the less exposed parts of the grounds and through some of the Cathedral’s open corridors. It was a very impressive building and it is astounding to me that this is a ‘working’ place of worship, being a building dating from the 12th century and modified throughout the following 700-800 years.

I am not hugely fond of looking around old religious building, mainly because I am agnostic, but I appreciate that others have beliefs and that’s good enough for me.

A warning: if you want to get from the carpark nearest the Cathedral to the town, you do face a very long and very tiring climb!
Written July 22, 2021
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AP95
London, UK3 contributions
Family
The Refectory - our order was taken. Coffees and cake for 3. A group of lukewarm drinks arrived at the table and no cakes in sight. While waiting for the drink the chef proceeded to sing out loud and loud rap music was played within the Refectory. Not exactly the scene you would expect to have. 25 mins had passed and our cakes had clearly been forgotten as 45 mins before closing they were cleaning away. When reminded we had ordered cakes they were quite literally thrown at the tables. Their “Welsh Cakes”, Coffee cake & Almond slice were slung onto a plate in their plastic packaging. For a Cathedral to have a cafe open that lets down the rest of the visit speaks volumes. I would highly encourage people to avoid a visit to The Refectory and dine at another local cafe.
Written June 24, 2021
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Craffwr
West Wales1,523 contributions
Couples
We visited on a Sunday morning but could not enter the cathedral except for attending the service that was at 11.15am. The cathedral reopened for visitors at 1pm. We fully respected this but enjoyed the bell ringing and the wonderful views from the outside.
Written July 18, 2021
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Amy Sussex
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Family
We visited here with our young children on a rather blustery day that had some rain showers too. It was recommended to us as a good day trip by a well travelled friend. We are not religious and neither are they. I have to say we were quite disappointed.
The cathedral itself just didn't grab me. From a high point in the grounds the outside was beautiful. Inside I was underwhelmed. There are some bits I found interesting from a historical perspective but much was lost on me and I thought the amount of statues and other parts of it dedicated to people that had gifted money to it was a bit vulgar. I left regretting we'd chosen to visit here rather than a nearby natural beauty spot we would otherwise have gone to.

It is free to get in. They do ask for donations which you can give by contactless card payment. There are a number of places you can stop and sit to take it in. There are information plaques and at the end there is an interesting room with a timeline of the cathedral's history and a mini museum. There is a carpark nearby which was reasonable and a few cafe/deli/bakery places and at least one pub and a few shops including a National Trust, Mountain Warehouse, Crew Clothing and Fat Face. There is also a Nisa supermarket witha few parking spaces outside it and a good playground opposite.
Written August 31, 2020
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cyflane
Stourbridge, UK23 contributions
St David’s Cathedral & surrounding area has been our bucket list for years. We were going in May this year. Covid-19 put an end to our plans, however, we did manage to visit 8th September this year 2020.
The cathedral was magnificent and on the whole people did social distance. However, once we started investigating the City it self it was very disappointing, people were not social distancing, it was like a free for all, literally knocking people out of their way, parking was virtually impossible, to get coffee or snack was also impossible.
May try again in quieter period??????????
Written September 15, 2020
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Crispin F
Ferndown, UK14 contributions
We sent a good hour wandering around the cathedral and spend a short time in one of the side chapels with some contemplation, and prayers.
The ladies at the reception desk were very friendly and the donation ot enter offers exceptional value to suit your budget. Do please give generously.
The cathedral cafe was great. Fantastic service. We were made to feel welcome even though it was at the end of their shift. Lovely cake.
Written April 20, 2022
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bonjgb1009
Poole, UK820 contributions
Beautiful cathedral in a beautiful setting.
It was our first visit to St David's and the Cathedral. Parking can be an issue. There is a small one just outside but fills up quick. The closest is the Quickwell Hill Car Park, not expensive, but on a one-way system of little lanes, Satnav useful. Visitors with mobility issues might have difficulty. Further away in the centre is Oriel y Parc Car Park. Easier on the feet.
The Cathedral is beautiful in a valley setting, seen splendidly from the entrance arch. Again visitors may find the pathways steep.
The cathedral itself is on the smaller size but its outside design and inside contents more than make up for its size. It is a little dark inside bit the sun shining through the stain glass windows are exceptional. Stop and wonder at the large organ. It is so peaceful walking round for both the religious and non-religious.
Definitely recommended as is the ruins of the Bishops Palace adjacent.
Written July 13, 2022
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,574 contributions
We visited in mid September 2021, we had been to a family wedding in Wales and so decided to make a holiday of it and see Pembrokeshire and first started with a visit to St David's and to the Cathedral. I have been when I was a teenager and remembered it was quite a special building then but as I have got older I understand the importance and significance of historical places more and find them even more interesting. Definately recommend coming here for a visit, well worth it.
Written October 26, 2021
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