St Davids Bishop's Palace

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace

    St Davids Bishop's Palace

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  • St Davids Bishop's Palace

    St Davids Bishop's Palace

  • St Davids Bishop's Palace

    St Davids Bishop's Palace

  • St Davids Bishop's Palace

    St Davids Bishop's Palace

  • St Davids Bishop's Palace

    St Davids Bishop's Palace

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.

Looking for more de Gower highlights? Look no further than the fantastic wheel window in the east gable and the majestic porch, an entrance befitting the majesty of such an iconic building.

Events at St Davids Bishop's Palace

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Opening times

Dates
1 November 2016 - 28 February 2017

Times

Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Admission costs

Adult - £3.50
Family - £9.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.50
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Prices valid until March 2017

Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Disabled access Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Charging car park Picnic tables Portable induction loop Toilets
  • STDavidsBishopsPalace@wales.gsi.gov.uk    
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
  • This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website     http://www.noflydrone
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Directions

Postcode SA62 6PE

Car Road A487 to St Davids, minor road past Cathedral.

Rail Rail 25km/16mls, Haverfordwest Rail Station, on the Milford Haven route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.