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image for Historic Site item typeSt Davids Bishop's Palace (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £2.50-£4.20

St Davids Bishop Palace

St Davids Bishop Palace

Details

The palace still conveys the affluence and power of the medieval church. If you get the chance, try and catch an open-air theatre performance here. It is built for drama. The whole site sends shivers down the spine. It evokes a period when religion was the order of the day and bishops were powerbrokers par excellence.

Lavish decorations, corbels carved as human heads and striking chequerboard stonework are all testament to the wealth and status of these medieval men of religion.

Bishop Thomas Bek undertook significant new building work on the site but it was Bishop Henry de Gower who was responsible for virtually the entire palace we see today. His legacy consists of two great ranges. The east range – the simpler of the two – was the first to be built. This was his private domain. The second, the south range, was much grander and built for stylish entertaining. The great hall, the most impressive chamber in the palace, created the perfect backdrop for banquets.

Baby changing facilitiesGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Pay & display nearby, cycle stands nearby, gift shop, toilets, baby changing facilities, exhibition, portable induction loop.

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm .
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 September - 31 October 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 November 2019 - 29 February 2020 Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adult - £4.20
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children) - £12.20
Seniors £3.40
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50
Children under 5 - Free

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 22 Apr Brilliant Bats
Tue 28 May Summer of Stories
Wed 29 May Wildlife out West

Contact

Enquiries

Address

St David's,
Pembrokeshire,
SA62 6PE

Location

Directions

Plan route to St Davids Bishop's Palace (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SM 750254  Lat: 51.88176 Long: -5.26932

A487 to St David's; from the centre, follow signs to the left.
By Bus: 250m/270 yards, route No 411 Haverfordwest - St David's/Fishguard. Route no 413 Fishguard - St David's.
National Cycle Route: NCN Route No.4 On route.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 16 miles from Haverfordwest station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Pay & display nearby, cycle stands nearby, gift shop, toilets, baby changing facilities, exhibition, portable induction loop.