A Local’s Secret
You may have already read our blog post A Beginners Guide to St.Davids, which outlines some great places to walk, eat and explore this mini-city. Here we dig a little deeper, past the tourist trail to pick out some real local gems.
A small hike up Carn Llidi will give you a breathtaking, panoramic view of the coast, St.Davids and beyond. A small drive out of the centre of this tiny city, Carn Llidi is surprisingly unpopulated by tourists. In fact, chances are you’ll be on your own if you make the half hour ascent for sunset.
Where better to try coasteering than it’s birthplace? Local outdoor activity business TYF came up with the idea of clambering, swimming, jumping and exploring the coast as an activity over 30 years ago. Since then coasteering has spread far and wide and is at the top of every adventurers list when visiting Pembrokeshire. There are several companies operating in St.Davids, all of which are well respected. So go on, stick on a wetsuit and prepare to feel exhilarated.
Tyddewi Art Gallery.
A mixed-media gallery with affordable pieces from local artists. You may end up bringing a little bit of St.Davids home with you.
Unsung Hero surf shop for… coffee?
Yep, you heard us right. Unsung Hero is a surf shop on St.Davids high street selling surf and skate equipment, clothing and really, really good coffee.
Traditional welsh woollen textiles.
Unique, colourful and geometric in design, St.Davids is home to the only two producers of traditional woollen textiles in the county. Melin Tregwynt and Solva Woollen Mill both offer visitors a chance to look around their mills and looms, and each specialise in different areas.
A minuscule book shop absolutely crammed with books old, new and often in Welsh.
A quieter coastal experience, the harbour offers an often unseen perceptive on the city.
The Sloop Inn at Porthgain.
A 4 mile circular walk from Abereiddy will take you to Porthgain. A prosperous industrial harbour in the 1900’s, is it now used by local fisherman and has some interesting historical relics on show. There’s something special about The Sloop Inn. It’s a traditional pub situated right on the harbour, serving great food with a little sprinkle of magic on those balmy summer nights.
Oriel Y Parc.
A gallery and visitor centre, they also host an open mic night every Wednesday night (at time of publishing), so head over to catch some local talent.