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“Disappointed by cloister”

St. Davids Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in St. Davids
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I found the "restored" cloister a major letdown. You change levels and go through doors and past a new public lav as you go around the open space in the middle. Surely cloisters were originally used for prayer and contemplation - for walking around and around the open space in the middle? The cathedral was interesting enough but I will not be returning here or to St. Davids itself, which was too crammed with tourists for my liking.

Thank T W
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

It is fantastic to see a cathedral so lovingly restored. The roof is wooden and painted - something you do not see in many English cathedrals. It has a number of chapels and tombs as well as an exhibit with relics.

There are information plaques around the cathedral to give tidbits of information. I do agree that it would be nice to have a pamphlet or something about the history of the cathedral to aid a self-guided tour. However, it doesn't really detract from the absolute beauty of this place.

Thank HAGustin
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Excellent place to visit and well worth it. Very beautiful building and most interesting. Spent a morning walking around followed by coffee in the coffee shop

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This ancient Holy Place is well known for the incredible wooden roof, its apeared on TV most recently in Shakespeares Richard II as part of the Hollow Crown cycle on BBC Television as well as Songs of Praise etc.
The Cathedral looks just perfect as you wander down the hill from St Davids itself, seeing it from above so to speak!
Inside are some fascinating ancient artifacts and lovely carvings and stained glass, the refectory serves very nice meals and drinks in an atmospheric setting.

Thank diddleymaz
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Parking away from site and not much of it if visiting on a busy day.
Beautiful cathedral and grounds and very well maintained.
Route to centre of St David`s via steps.

Thank Margaret and Bi... H
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