Activities at St Davids

Pembrokeshire and St Davids have a wide variety of activities for all ages and all weathers including walking, kayaking, golf, riding, cycling, surfing, coasteering, sailing and so much more. And of course there is the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

There are many wonderful beaches nearby, including Whitesands Bay, recently recognised as one of The Times top 50 beaches in the UK, with its long stretches of golden sands. The beach at Newgale is an exciting venue for surfing and kite-surfing and Caerfai Bay is the perfect ‘bucket and spade’ beach. These and other local beaches provide something for everyone from walking to surfing, photography to rock pooling….. building sandcastles to kayaking. We do hope that the following links will be useful in planning your visit:
Surf reports and tide timetables

St Davids Online

The Pembrokeshire coast

The National Trust
 

St Davids Cathedral & Bishop’s Palace

St Davids Cathedral, the magnificent 12th century building, is just a short distance from the cottages and has regular services, as well as concerts and a music festival in the May half-term week. The unique atmosphere of the Cathedral and the ruins of the Norman Bishop’s Palace are an important part of what draws people back to St Davids year after year. www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk

Beaches and caves

There are many wonderful beaches nearby including Whitesands Bay, with its long stretches of golden sands, and Caerfai Bay with hundreds of rock pools and caves to explore. And don’t forget Abereiddy, with the unique Blue Lagoon, as well as the picturesque harbours of Porth Clais, Porthgain and Solva. These provide something for everyone… whether you are in the area for a longer holiday or a short break.

Castles

There is a lovely castle in Pembroke, which is ideal for a family day out! Do look at the website, which shows details of all the attractions. www.pembroke-castle.co.uk or 01646 681510

Coasteering, climbing, kayaking & surfing

Coasteering is a very enjoyable and exhilarating activity for all ages; it incorporates a mixture of swimming, climbing and jumping off the sea cliffs in the water. Like kayaking, it is a way of  exploring the coastline in a way many haven’t seen it. There is world-class sea cliff climbing for novices through to experts. Surfing is another great activity on Whitesands Bay or Newgale beach.
www.tyf.com
or 01437 721611
www.masimes.co.uk
or 01437 720433
www.dragonactivityguides.co.uk
  or 01348 841336

Cycling

Bike hire is available locally and you can explore the local lanes, as well as the Celtic Trail West, which passes through St Davids. This is one of the best areas for cycling in the UK. www.totaltravel.co.uk or 01437 721911

Golf

St Davids has a most spectacular golf course on the road to Whitesands Bay, with amazing views from every hole, although you will need to be good in the wind and may lose a few balls over the cliffs! www.stdavidscitygolfclub.co.uk or 01437 721751

Horse riding

Horse riding is another great activity and can be arranged locally. www.noltonstables.com or 01437 710360 / 71187

Sailing and boat trips

There are regular boat trips to Ramsey Island, Grassholm and Skomer. These can be arranged in St Davids or from St Martin’s Haven. There is also sailing available in Solva, where there are scores of boats anchored in the estuary.
www.thousandislands.co.uk
or 01437 721721
www.aquaphobia-ramseyisland.co.uk
or 01437 720471
www.ramseyislandcruises.net
or 01437 721423
www.solva.net/solvasailboats
or 01437 720972

Shopping and Galleries

St Davids has a wide variety of unique shops selling art, crafts, clothes, surf gear, local produce, gourmet food and everyday items. It’s a wonderful place to wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere.

Visit the Steve Robinson Glass Gallery?
Situated on Goat Street, St Davids and open to the public all year round. Inside is an array of handmade glass art, from small 'souvenir' items, through to large wall panels and sculptural pieces. All the glass is designed and handmade on the premises by Steve Robinson, an award-winning and nationally renowned glass artist.

The gallery also offers glass fusing workshops throughout the year from 2 hour taster sessions to full day courses - dates and details are available on the website. Steve has clients visiting from all over the UK to discuss  commissions or to book on a workshop. www.steverobinsonglass.com  

Oriel y Parc – Tourist Information Centre

St Davids Information Centre is located in a spectacular building opened in 2008 and has a gallery, shop and café and displays a wide variety of treasures from the Museum of Wales.www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk

Walking and wildlife

The Pembrokeshire coastal path provides nearly two hundred miles of breath-taking scenery, flora and wildlife that will inspire you in every month of the year. Trips to nearby islands, for example, Ramsey, provide the opportunity to see a wide variety of sea birds and seals and, on occasions, whales and dolphins, if you watch carefully. www.rspb.org.uk