St David's Cathedral

Attractions in Pembrokeshire,

Fo5 Ron Jn D7 S

St David's Cathedral

Attractions

St Davids is one of the great historic shrines of Christendom. Nowhere in Britain is there a more ancient cathedral settlement, for it reaches back fourteen centuries and survived the plunder of the Norsmen in the 'Dark Ages'.

St David chose this wild, beautiful region as the site of his monastery in the 6th century and you will find his shrine in the purple-stoned cathedral, which nestles inconspicuously in a grassy hollow beneath the rooftops of the tiny city.

Tower Gate House and Bell Tower

The 15-foot high Close Wall, built in the 14th century enclosed the original cathedral city. The wall was pierced by four gatehouses. The Tower Gatehouse, is the only survivor and was used by the medieval town council. Also housed in the Tower Gate House is the lapidarium (where there is a display of religious stones) and below is the bishop's dungeon. Next to the gatehouse stands the 13th century Bell Tower which now has a Royal ring of ten bells.

St Davids Catherdral Exhibition

The Gatehouse contains an exhibition designed to introduce the pilgrim/visitor to the history and life of the Cathedral today including its daily worship.There is information about St David himself, about mediaeval pilgrimage to St Davids (two trips to St Davids was equal to one to Rome itself), and the importance of St Davids. In mediaeval times St Davids occupied a strategic position at the junction of major land and sea routes between England, Wales and Ireland and therefore the monarch took an interest in St Davids, William the Conqueror visiting in 1081.

The exhibition then considers Reformation and Revolution and the impact of these on the Cathedral when in the Civil War, Commonwealth troops did severe damage to the cathedral and destroyed manuscripts in the library.

The last phase covering the last two centuries has been a time of renewal and rebuilding culminating in the restoration of the gatehouse and the recreation of the mediaeval cloisters.

Also housed in the Gatehouse is a Mediaeval Bell and the Abraham Stone, which is the gravestone of Hedd and Isaac, sons of Bishop Abraham, killed by the Vikings in 1080. The decoration reveals a blend of insular Celtic and intrusive styles. Amongst other items on display is the carving from above the door of the West Front designed by Nash.

The Treasury

The Cathedral Treasury provides a safe home for treasures which tell the story of Christian worship and scholarship at St Davids that began 1,500 years ago and which continues to the present day.

The Library

The Library has collections belonging to Deans, Bishops and Clergy dating back to the 16th century.Books and other material are constantly being added and the subject matter is St. David, St Davids, Wales, and Church in Wales history. The library also holds a collection of local and cathedral photographs dating back to the 19th century and the Parish Registers.

Review

The United Kingdom has more Cathedrals than many other of its European neighbours, and in Wales there is one that is that special, we just had to feature it as one of our Top 100 Attractions in Wales. St David's Cathedral based in one of Wales smallest cities, has attracted millions of pilgrims from all around the world, all I'm sure have left with similar feelings as I felt. Hope, positiveness, and a sense of joy that cannot be explained, are amongst some of the feelings that a visit to St David's Cathedral ensues. Also on the same site as St David's Cathedral is the Bishops Palace, which is ran by CADW, the heritage department of the Welsh Government, and does carry a small admission fee. Although entry into the cathedral is free, donations to the cathedral via their donation box is gratefully received and very necessary to St David's Cathedrals future.

- Top 100 Review
Fo5 Ron Jn D7 S

Contact Us

St David's, ,
Pembrokeshire,, SA62 6RD

01437 720202

http://www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk

[email protected]

Facebook

Twitter

St David's Cathedral Video

Image Gallery

Click on a photograph to view in a larger format

Vn F7j Gb KW7
Ljqtthey Nd
NY Jip Vle A2
X Mk Ic RKCGZT
4ij H3 SX4h D
Xr UYN8atd E0
PBF Kw Hlk JX
V6 RFK Rev0h
V Ziao D Ya C Pg

Location

View the map below to see where we are and to get directions.

Nearby Eating Out

H6zqjzrwr I

The Old Cross Hotel

The Old Cross Hotel is situated right in the centre of the tiny City of St Davids, on the Cross Square. The facilities include en-suite accommodation, on-site parking, free wifi, and a fully

LNE Ty R Cvc I

The Cow Shed

For a magical wedding in a picture perfect countryside, look no further! Nestled in the heart of Pembrokeshire, this idyllic destination is a haven for couples

IMG 3292

Crug Glas Country House

This Eco friendly country house and restaurant is stunning. From the moment you walk in, the friendly professional team makes you feel very welcome.

Nearby Accommodation

H6zqjzrwr I

The Old Cross Hotel

The Old Cross Hotel is situated right in the centre of the tiny City of St Davids, on the Cross Square. The facilities include en-suite accommodation, on-site parking, free wifi, and a fully

Jb1o5sijw Bz

Ramsey House

A warm welcome awaits you at Ramsey House in peaceful St Davids, at the heart of Pembrokeshire.Ramsey House offers you the ideal combination of professional hotel

T3 EJXC5 QN Nk

St Brides Bay Holiday Cottages

We are first and foremost a small, family run business and our standards are high, each St Brides Bay holiday home has been carefully assessed by us to ensure it measures up to our reputation