Enjoy a Relaxing October Break in St Davids
When the vibrant greens of summer turn slowly to gold and the air turns crisp it’s a lovely time to visit Pembrokeshire. Not only is the changing autumn landscape breathtaking but with the summer visitors gone, you’ll often find that you have a whole beach or scenic trail to yourself. Staying with us on the St Davids peninsula you don’t even have to travel far to enjoy the best that Pembrokeshire has to offer, it’s right on our doorstep! Here’s our guide to the best places to visit in and around St Davids this October.
Discover Historic buildings
No visit to St Davids is complete without a trip to our most iconic buildings. The cathedral is probably what we’re most famous for. A site of worship for over 1500 years, the stunning architecture and peaceful atmosphere make this a wonderful place to spend a lazy afternoon. You can visit the cathedral free of charge to admire its beautiful interior or attend one of the daily services if you come at the right time. It’s also worth popping into the excellent bookshop and refectory if you fancy a quick browse or want to treat yourself to coffee and cake.
Adjacent to the cathedral in a tranquil river valley lie the imposing ruins of the Bishop’s Palace which in past centuries was one of the finest medieval buildings in Wales. Once you’ve explored the dark recesses, climbed the winding staircases and taken in the impressive views from the tallest towers, you can finish off the tour with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque river running alongside.
Another significant historic site in the area is that of St Non’s chapel about 20 minutes’ walk from St Davids. Situated in a field overlooking the spectacular cliffs of St Non’s bay, the remaining ruins are reputed to mark the birthplace of St David and are named in dedication to his mother St Non. As well as what’s left of the original chapel there are also ancient standing stones, a holy well, retreat and a tiny modern chapel (the most westerly in Wales) which was built in the 1930s.
Saunter in the City
The stunning cathedral is the reason that St Davids has city status but in fact, St Davids is actually a small town. As the smallest city on Britain, it has a unique air of laid-back tranquillity and is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Easily walkable, St Davids has enough cosy cafes, gift shops, pubs and restaurants to be diverting without compromising any of its old-world charm. The wonderful Oriel y Parc visitor centre and gallery is also a great place to go for information on the area as well as to enjoy exhibitions by some of the best artists in Wales. So, whether you want to feast on scones in a cosy tearoom, enjoy a local craft ale by a pub fireside or admire our beautiful Pembrokeshire arts and crafts, St Davids is a lovely spot to while away the time.
The weather may be a bit cooler in October but the Pembrokeshire countryside is still well worth exploring at this time of year (besides, relaxing by a cosy fire just isn’t as satisfying unless you’ve done an invigorating country walk first!) A blustery trek along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is pretty spectacular in autumn with the waves crashing, migrating birds circling and the seal pups calling from rocky coves below. The often empty beaches are perfect for an evening stroll or a spot of rock pooling and inland, the heather coated slopes and rock-covered peak of nearby Carn Llidi take on an even more dramatic air under spectacular October skies. And don’t forget to make the most of the last of the season’s boat trips to our rugged islands, the best way to experience Pembrokeshire’s wide variety of birdlife and marine animals.
Relax at Warpool Court Hotel
Of course, we think the best way to recover from your explorations of the St Davids peninsula is to head back to the relaxed atmosphere and comfortable surroundings of our historic hotel. You can spend the evenings in our Sea View restaurant and bar dining on the best local produce and enjoying a quiet drink whilst taking in the breathtaking views and romantic Pembrokeshire sunsets.
And as if that isn’t temptation enough, our October promotion gives you the chance to stay with us at a discount of 10% off your total bill – all the more reason to treat yourself to a laid-back break in St Davids this autumn!