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Historic Site:St Davids Bishop's Palace (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £3.60

St Davids Bishop Palace

St Davids Bishop Palace

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There was only one top job for an ambitious cleric in medieval Wales: Bishop of St Davids in Pembrokeshire.

A 12th-century pope had decreed that two trips to St Davids were equal to one to Rome – turning it into a centre of pilgrimage for the entire Western world. Thousands flocked to see the shrine of St David in the newly built cathedral.

But the bishop’s home was no match for this magnificence. Enter Henry de Gower. Between 1328 and 1347 he turned a building only fit for ‘servants and animals’ into an immense palace.

The east range was his private domain. The south range was for show and ceremony. It was here in the great hall that Bishop Henry dispensed justice, held feasts and welcomed distinguished pilgrims.

The Reformation marked the beginning of the end. In fact William Barlow, first Protestant Bishop of St Davids, may well have stripped the lead from the roofs himself to spark a slow decline. But even as a ruin this palace beside its glorious cathedral remains an awe-inspiring space.

Baby changing facilitiesGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedHearing Accessibility Facilities

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

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St David's,
Pembrokeshire,
SA62 6PE

Directions

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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
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities

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