The Smallest City in the UK? Welcome to St Davids in Pembrokeshire, Wales - The Land of Castles

in #travel8 years ago

If exploring ancient ruins, cathedrals, castles and historic ruins is your cup of tea, you may enjoy a visit to Pembrokeshire in West Wales, which is often referred to as "Little England"

In my opinion the county of Pembrokeshire is a geographical gem and one of the most beautiful counties in all of Great Britain. Situated in the west of Wales, this area is of interest to those who love outdoor activities such as golf, horseback riding, walking and rock-climbing.

The county is also a perfect destination for fisherman, historians, surfers and beach lovers as well.

A highlight for me in Pembrokeshire is a visit to tranquil St. David's. Off the beaten track, it is the smallest city in Britain, but huge in history. The cathedral has been built on the most westerly point of Wales, and was home to the legendary St. David, the patron saint of Wales who was born around 500 AD.

I love wandering around the small streets here looking at the colorful little cottages and sampling the bustle of this tiny city. Here are some photos I took recently while visiting the city and exploring the area around the cathedral.

As well as history to soak up, there are plenty of cafes, shops to sample in this busy tourist town, plus nearby Whitesands Bay offers some of the best surfing and most beautiful beaches in the area.

If St Davids is too small for your liking, you have the whole the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to explore. It is the only coastal national park in Britain. Covering 240 square miles (620 square kilometres), the park is stunning, with beaches, cliffs, woods, islands, estuaries and mountains.

The western islands teem with birds and wildlife, including seals and dolphins. The coastal path, with a total distance of 186 miles (299km) goes right along the coast from Amroth to St. Dogmaels.

If castles are your passion, Pembrokeshire is the place to go. Pembroke is home to the splendid Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry Tewdr, who became King Henry VII, the first Tudor king.

Other castles in Pembrokeshire include Narberth, LLawharden, Haverfordwest and Roch, a line of castles which essentially divides the county in two. Cilgerran Castle is one of the oldest in the county, having been built in 1220.

This triangular castle overlooks the River Teifi in the north. Other castles located here are Tenby Castle, Lamphey Bishops Palace, Manorbier Castle, Carew Castle and Picton Castle. In various states of ruin or renovation, they are full of historical importance and worth a visit.

More adventurous activities include coasteering, an activity in which you don a wet suit, helmet and life-jacket and make your way around the coast, climbing over rocks, swimming, kayaking, or whatever it takes. Body surfing or kite surfing are less strenuous, but still exhilarating.

Accommodation available in Pembrokeshire include the usual fare of hostels, hotels, B & Bs, cottages and caravan rentals. Whether you're on tight finances or splurging on a luxury vacation, there are a plethora of choices for any budget.

Come and explore; there's plenty more here, from gardens in towns throughout Pembrokeshire to museums, theme parks, galleries and spas. For couples, singles or families, sunny weather or not, a trip to Pembrokeshire should be very enjoyable.

If anyone is interested, I'll feature an introduction to the nearby town of Tenby in one of my next articles, cheers and thanks for reading!


Very nice photos and story, I didnt know of this place :)

Cheers, thanks for taking the time to check out my view of Wales

Nifty I always wanted to go to the UK

Cheers, this place is well off the beaten track, a good 5 hours by train from Paddington station in London to Tenby, then a short drive to St Davids from there, but worth a visit

If i get rich on steem, I'm buying a damn castle.
With a moat.

At the astonishing rate Steem has been rising lately, that could be sooner than you think :)

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