In Wales, on 1st March, we celebrate St David (Dewi Sant in Welsh) who was the patron saint of Wales. Born sometime around the start of the sixth century on a cliff-top in Pembrokeshire during a fierce storm, some believe he lived for more than 100 years and died on 1st March 589.
It’s a very patriotic day in Wales and makes us very proud to be Welsh! Welsh people often wear one of Wales’ national emblems – a daffodil or a leek, and children often wear vibrant traditional Welsh clothing. There are also lots of great parades and concerts across Wales on St David’s Day.
If you want to celebrate St David’s Day, have a go at making some delicious traditional food such as Welsh cakes, bara brith or even cawl – there’s a recipe on one of our previous blog posts. Here is a great recipe for some yummy Welsh cakes – https://www.visitwales.com/things-do/food-and-drink/welsh-food-and-recipes/traditional-welsh-cakes-recipe.
We were lucky enough to spend a day in the city of St Davids a couple of weeks ago to enjoy a Sunday afternoon taking in the fascinating history, eating good food and soaking up the most beautiful views.
You may know St Davids as the smallest city in the UK, with a population of fewer than 2000 people. Walking through this beautiful city feels as if you’re walking through a rural village in the heart of Pembrokeshire until you see the breathtaking St Davids Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace which lies next door.
The cathedral is free to enter, but donations are appreciated. One of Wales’ most iconic sites dating back to the 6th century, it’s an interesting place to visit with the interior and exterior of the cathedral equally as impressive.
The ruins of the medieval Bishop’s Palace adjacent to the cathedral are also well worth a visit. After you’ve soaked up plenty of history, head to The Refectory, inside the historic St Mary’s Hall which serves tasty light bites and main meals, delicious homemade cakes, and scones.
If you’re looking for somewhere else to eat, there are lots of great places in St Davids. We chose to go and eat at Grain, a collaboration between Bluestone Brewing Company and The Canteen, Newport. Sitting outside (but undercover), we enjoyed some great handmade pizza. There was craft beer on offer too and they have gluten-free pizza bases and vegan cheese, so there’s something for everyone. Those with four-legged friends will also be glad to know that they’re totally dog friendly.
If you’re a gin lover, make sure to stop by at St David’s Gin & Kitchen. St David’s Gin is created using botanicals hand foraged from on and around the St Davids Peninsula. They also serve delicious food and pride themselves on their love for the St Davids area, the local community and the environment.
There are lots of great places close to St Davids that we recommend visiting too. St Justinian is just over 2 miles away from St Davids and the small all-tidal harbour is home to St Davids RNLI Lifeboat stations. Visit here and you will be rewarded with uninterrupted panoramic sea views across to Ramsey Island. This really is a great place to enjoy a walk on the coast path.
Whitesands Bay is also only 2 miles from St Davids and is regarded as one of the finest beaches in Pembrokeshire. It is very popular with surfers and bodyboarders, especially at the northern end of the beach. The quieter south end of the beach is sheltered with plenty of fine golden sand and backed by pebbles.
We’ve got some beautiful cottages in the St Davids area – perfect for weekend breaks or longer stays. We’re sure you’ll love visiting St Davids and the surrounding area when you’re next in West Wales and we hope you’ve had a great St David’s Day.