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The Charm Of St David's, Wales

St. David's is situated on the far western coast of Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is part of the magnificent National Park coastal scenery with all its abundance of wild life.
It has all the charm of a small attractive village, with narrow streets filled with cafe's, restaurants, art galleries and hotels, but also has the grand status of being a city due to its Cathedral (full city status was granted to St. David's by HM the Queen by Royal Charter on the 1st June 1995).
The Cathedral nestles in a grassy hollow beneath the city adding to its special atmosphere and visitors still flock to St. David's today just as they did in the Middle Ages when it was a place of pilgrimage.
St David is the patron saint of Wales and was reputedly said to have been born on a cliff top on the South-West Wales coast during a very fierce storm. The site of his birth is marked by the tiny ancient chapel close to a holy well. There is also an 18th century chapel dedicated to his mother 'Non' which can still be seen near St David's Cathedral.
St. David died around 589/601 having founded a monastery at the current site of the Cathedral. It was a strict monastic order as he was the most influential clergyman in all Wales. Pilgrims would come by sea, mooring there boats at the chapels and shrines along the way to give thanks for their safe journey.
Between 645 and 1097, St David's (Menevia) was attacked and destroyed many times and it wasn't until 1181 that the present Cathedral was begun. However, in 1648 it was destroyed again, this time by Parliamentary soldiers.
Since then the Cathedral has been rebuilt and restored yet again but is now in outstanding condition. Adjacent to the Cathedral stands the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishop's Palace which dates from the 14th century and displays the marvels of medieval architecture.
The highlight of the year is the St. David's Cathedral festival held in May. This is an annual celebration of classical music and offers many the chance to see one the most beautiful and historic buildings in Wales
There are a number of other attractions in the area. Boat trips to Ramsey and Skomer islands to see the Puffin's, Razorbill's and Guillemots are just a few. There are also adventure sea trips where you might be lucky to see dolphins, seal's or even whales. There are boat trips to suit all ages they are well worth the visit.
If you don't like boats then there is the marine life centre and a sea aquarium to see. For the golfer there is a 9-hole links golf course and for those that like the beach, just along the coast is Whitesands bay which holds a European Blue Flag award.
If you are looking for accommodation, then B&B Pembrokeshire has all the facilities you need and is centrally located to explore all that is on offer in Pembrokeshire.

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