St Davids Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace are a major attraction but less obvious features are special too. A stroll along the city’s streets reveals a diverse ecclesiastical tradition, ranging from a Methodist chapel to a Catholic church. A traditional Plygain service is still held in the Tabernacle Presbyterian chapel on Christmas morning.
Further afield, discover St Non’s holy well, marking the birthplace of St David a healing ‘eyewell’ and the Ffos y Mynach (Monk’s Way). Hostelries, mills, quays, farms and St Davids airfield each have a story, best told by local people.
Information, ranging from surf reports and geo-cache routes, to sessions with an artist-in-residence, is available at Oriel y Parc, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s visitor centre and a National Museum of Wales gallery. In addition to helping visitors enjoy the best of everything local, specialist lectures and family activities provide year-found inspiration for all ages.
The coast path loops around St Davids Head. Take a deep breath after climbing Pen Beri rock and enjoy a sublime view of Carn Llidi peninsula, managed by The National Trust. Standing stones, hill forts and field systems tell of man’s earliest habitation in this breathtaking part of Pembrokeshire.
Welcoming pilgrims since the 6th century, St Davids is renowned for its hospitality. After enjoying the cathedral’s peace and spiritual sustenance, a visit to pretty Cross Square will provide more corporeal delights. Lined with cafes and restaurants, galleries and quality shops, a produce market trades on summer Thursdays, while locally-made ice cream is a year-round treat.
Accommodation ranges from tents to top- class cottages and luxury hotels. Return visits to this ‘place of pilgrimage and culture set in a land of tranquillity and beauty’ are a must.
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Contact: Oriel y Parc 01437 720392
William Roblin was the last person to be hanged in Pembrokeshire, 200 years ago, on 23 April 1821. He was accused of the murder of William Davies on 19 August 1820, and following a man-hunt across the county was imprisoned before being tried and found guilty.
There are a number of contemporary accounts of events discussed in this abridged version of a talk given via Zoom on the 200th anniversary of the hanging, 23 April 2021.
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