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Places to visit on the St Davids Peninsula

City of St Davids

St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Cathedral.

Named after Wales' patron saint, St David, and a place of pilgrimage since 1120, when David was officially recognised as a Catholic saint and the Cathedral became an official pilgrimage destination. Despite its city status, it has a population of less than 2000 people. From Oriel y Parc, wander into the charming historic centre with its art galleries, gift shops and cafes, and then on to the magnificent medieval Cathedral and Bishop's Palace.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail

Coast Path walkers near St Nons
​Walkers on the Coast Path near St Nons.

One of the best ways to view the spectacular coastline is from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which stretches 186-miles along the coast. Use one of our coastal buses – the Celtic Coaster to take you out or get you back.

Ramsey Island

Seal pup on Ramsey Island
Seal pup on Ramsey Island.

Owned by the RSPB, Ramsey Island is a feast for bird watchers, with species such as guillemots, razorbills, kittiwake and puffin in plentiful supply. The island is also home to one of the UK’s largest colonies of Atlantic Grey seals, which can be seen throughout the year. Porpoise can also be spotted. There are many trips that depart from the mainland at St Justinians to both Ramsey Island itself and the waters around it.

Whitesands Bay

Whitesands Bay
​Whitesands Bay.

A curving mile-long, west-facing, Blue Flag, sandy beach – widely considered to be one of the best in the country. Whitesands is sheltered by Ramsey Island and is perfect for surfers or paddlers alike. At very low tide the remains of an ancient forest can be seen, consisting of stumps of birch, fir, hazel and oak trees. Parking is adjacent to the beach and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.

St David’s Head

Coetan Arthur, St Davids Head
Coetan Arthur, St Davids Head​.

Out of the city boundaries at St David’s Head you can experience a rich variety of wildlife habitats on the cliffs and surrounding waters. Look out for choughs and skylarks on the grassy slopes and gannets and porpoise out to sea. Visit the Iron Age Fort on St David's Head or explore the Neolithic burial chamber, Coetan Arthur.

Carn Llidi

Ramsey Island from Carn Llidi
​View to Ramsey Island from Carn Llidi.

For fantastic views, sure-footed walkers can head for the summit of Carn Llidi (595ft; 181m) – one of the finest hills in Pembrokeshire. From here you can see the full curve of the sweeping Pembrokeshire coastline and on a clear day, the Wicklow Hills in Ireland. As you approach the hill, take time to visit the 5000 year-old burial chamber of Coetan Arthur, with an 8ft capstone and supports.

St Davids Airfield

St David's Airfield
​St Davids Airfield.

During World War II St Davids Airfield was the scene of constant activity as an RAF Coastal Command base engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic. Today St Davids Airfield is a peaceful place. In spring skylarks now fill the air with their persistent song.

In the mid 1990s the National Park Authority bought most of the disused airfield and began a major landscaping project to restore and recreate wildlife habitats and safeguard public access and enjoyment. The remainder of the airfield was returned to farming use.