By roadSt Davids is the westernmost city in Wales. The A487 connects St Davids to Haverfordwest and Fishguard, which provide connections to the A40, rail service to other points in the UK and ferry service to Ireland.
The A487 does at a few places between St Davids and Fishguard reduce to a single lane road, which may concern those who are not familiar with the traffic issues that this presents. In general, drivers should exercise caution and show courtesy to other road users. Many of the lanes and minor roads around St Davids have single lane stretches with passing places.
There is a large car park on the eastern edge of the city, as motorists arrive from Haverfordwest. From here you walk past a modern visitor centre and tourist office on the way into the centre. A second, smaller car park can be found near the Bishop's Palace, on the road to St Justinian, and a third small car park to the left on the way out of town towards Whitesands Bay and Fishguard. All car parks are fee-paying, including the large one at Whitesands Bay, which overflows into neighbouring fields in high summer.
Richards Coaches service 411 Haverfordwest to Fishguard calls at St Davids. Connections with the National Express network from the rest of the UK can be made at Haverfordwest.
The best route (in terms of the number of trains and the number of connecting buses) is by train to Haverfordwest station, and then the bus from the railway station entrance to St Davids.
In addition, is about 15 miles to the north-east (but only has two trains a day), and is connected to St Davids by a less-frequent bus than the Haverfordwest service. Plus the bus stop in Fishguard is a considerable walk from the railway station.
By seaStena Line sails from Rosslare in Ireland to Fishguard, which is a short bus journey from St Davids.
Visiting yachtsmen should use the harbour at nearby Solva.
The city is small enough that walking is the best way to get around and see the sights. Walking and hiking is also the best way to see the coastline around St Davids Head, as there are many hiking trails throughout the area. Roads in the area tend to be narrow, and can be busy in high season, also the car parks at the main tourist sites can fill up quite quickly, so driving can be a frustrating experience. To travel further afield than allowed by walking, cycling is a great option. Alternatively use the excellent bus service along the coast, organised by the local council.
phone: +44 1437 720202address: The Pebbles, SA62 6RDis interesting and free. It also has a decent and reasonably priced cafe-restaurant. It hosts an annual organ festival at the end of May.
phone: +44 1437 720517address: The CloseNear to the cathedral, across a small river. It is a spectacular ruin showing how much wealth and power the clergy used to have.
Whitesands BeachA large and picturesque sandy beach that has great views of Ramsey Island. It gets very busy on sunny days in the summer. There are great walks along sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and out to St Davids Head (Welsh Penmaen Dewi). There is a small shop and cafe in the car park, and a lifeguard station on the beach, which is divided into sections for swimmers and surfers/windsurfers. Always look out for and obey lifeguard safety signals.
phone: +44 1437 720215St Justinian — the "classic" lifeboat station, built up on stilts above the water, with the boat launching down a slipway to hit the water at speed. You can visit the boathouse in exchange for a donation. There are interesting displays telling the stories of some of the rescues carried out by the lifeboat over the years, mostly involving boats carried by some of the fastest tides in UK waters on to The Bitches, the row of sharp rocks in the middle of Ramsey Sound. The selfless bravery of the lifeboatmen really comes through, especially reading the stories from the days when the lifeboat was just a large wooden rowing boat.
phone: +44 7966 956357address: Lower Harglodd FarmResearch centre and visitor attraction all about invertebrates
Nature Exploration tripsSeveral companies offer nature exploration tours by rigid inflatable boat around RSPB Ramsey Island from nearby St. Justinian. These trips can be quite expensive at around £20 for an hour but offer a unique perspective on the coastline. Take at least a waterproof coat as the fast boats and rough sea can result in a lot of splashes. Details of two firms below:
address: 1 High StreetThe only local family-run company, who operate the largest and most modern fleet of vessels. They offer a wide range of guided voyages and expeditions around Ramsey and other smaller islands.
address: Cross SquareThe RSPB have given this company sole landing rights to Ramsey Island, but Thousand Islands also offers trips around the island, and others for wildlife enthusiasts
phone: +44 1348 837764address: Glenfor, LlanonOperates a RIB with a New Zealand jet. Seal, dolphin and seabird watching, cave exploration, jet boat manoeuvres. Jet boat tours to Ramsey Island, Grassholm, the Smalls from St Justinian and Whitesands beach.
address: 28 High StreetSpecialist surf shop, selling clothes, equipment, books. Also offer surfing lessons. Their website has a daily surf conditions report and a webcam of Whitesands Beach.
address: High StreetThe National Trust owns and cares for large parts of the St Davids peninsula, as well as the historic cross in the centre of the city. The shop features some informative displays about the work they do in the surrounding countryside, as well as a nice range of gifts, cards, postcards etc.
address: 5a The PebblesInteresting selection of new and second-hand books on local topics.
address: High StreetDeli specialising in local produce. Order freshly-made sandwiches and baguettes from the counter at the rear of the shop.
phone: +44 1437 721611address: 1 High StreetOutdoor equipment, accessories and clothing, as well as kites, frisbees, beach toys, etc.
address: Cross SquareThe Old Cross Hotel is a good place to get a drink and snack in a quieter atmosphere than is available in many of the more bustling tourist places.
address: 11 High StreetAn Italian-style coffee- and wine-bar and ice cream parlour in the heart of St Davids. It can get crowded, so consider booking, especially in the evening. Typical fare includes pasta and home-made pizzas, but for a splurge, try one of the main courses.
address: 14 Goat StreetSurprisingly the Farmers is the only real pub in the city, and consequently can get pretty busy at any time of year. Always a good atmosphere with a real mixture of different people.
phone: +44 1437 720300Listed Luxury Country Hotel with sea views of the St Davids Peninsula. Close to St Davids Cathedral and the Bishops Palace.
phone: +44 1348 837871address: 18a The Old Bank, Cross SquareHoliday cottage agency with a fine selection of Quality Cottages in Pembrokeshire and throughout Wales in fabulous coastal, countryside and mountainous locations suitable for couples, families, friends sharing and retirees. 80% welcome dogs.
phone: +44 7791903221address: Treginnis Uchaf,(West of St Davids)10 minute walk to the coastal path and Porthllisky beach. Good for couples and families. Sleeps up to 5. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +44 1437 720377address: Porthllisky
phone: +44 1437 720374address: Nun StSelf-catering cottages.
phone: +44 7714 689855address: Goat StSelf-catering cottages close to Saint Davids Square. Sleeps up to 5 (double room, twin room and room with bunk beds). Private garden with BBQ facilities, Wi-Fi, wood burner and full central heating.
phone: +44 01437 729248Two converted stone barns.
Caerfai BayPopular camping and caravan site, located just to the south of St Davids, overlooking a sandy bay. Organic farm shop on site. Advance booking recommended, though they have a minimum 4-night stay for advance bookings, extended to 7 nights in the school summer holidays (mid July to early September).
address: Pencarnan FarmPossibly the only site in the area with a better location than Caerfai Bay, Pencarnan is on top of the cliff above Porthsele Beach. Prices are high and apart from the location the camp site is very average, with typical British plumbing in the bathrooms and (contrary to claims on the site) fairly steeply sloping fields, particularly those closest to the beach. Wi-Fi is available around the reception building, but is not free of charge.
address: TreginnisJust a short walk from the cliff top that forms Wales' most westerly point overlooking Ramsey Island. Simple but lovely site. Ready-pitched tents available to order, also a Mongolian ger, or you can bring your own tent.
phone: +44 1437 78160040+ pitch caravan & camping park, 1.5 miles from the coast.
phone: +44 7791903221address: Treginnis Uchaf, West of St DavidsCaravan Club site, level site for tourers and motorhomes. Fantastic views. Water tap and disposal point. Batteries charged.
address: Llaethdy, WhitesandsLovely, if basic, hostel in former farm buildings on the slopes of Carn Llidi the rocky hill that dominates the northern part of the St Davids peninsula. About 2 miles to the north-west of St Davids, close to Whitesands Bay.
St Davids is near the extreme southwest tip of Wales, so to get out, you will likely have to return the way you came. If travelling around the coastal path, or touring by car, nearby towns include Haverfordwest and Fishguard. Places of interest further afield include Cardigan to the north, Tenby to the southeast and Carmarthenshire to the east.
- Ramsey Island. An RSPB nature reserve known for its colonies of birds. Two boats per day land there, leaving from St Justinian at 10AM and noon, returning at noon and 4PM. Tickets available from Thousand Island Expeditions in Cross Square, St Davids.
- Solva (Solfach) — pretty little village at the head of a long, narrow natural harbour. Just over a 3 mile walk along the coast path to the east. The village has 4 pubs, so there's plenty of opportunity to get refreshments before walking back! The best views can be had from The Gribin, the cliff on the south side of the harbour. Solva's main car park is free.
- Abereiddy small village and beach with plenty of activities. Near by is the Blue Lagoon.
- Porthgain small harbour with an industrial heritage