*** Upcoming site closures ****
During the week commencing 18 October, the following sites in the south Wales area will be closed while we roll out our system upgrade. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
St. Davids Bishop’s Palace – Closed Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and the morning of Wednesday 20 October
Kidwelly Castle – Closed Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and the morning of Wednesday 20 October
Laugharne Castle – Closed Thursday 21, Friday 22 and the morning of Saturday 23 October
During this period of rolling site closures we will not be selling online tickets for sites other than Castell Coch, but will have plenty of tickets available at the sites to purchase on the day of your visit. Tickets will be available for all sites for half term week from Monday 18 October.
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Magnificent medieval palace that rivalled its cathedral for glory
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.
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Saturday–Wednesday 10am–5pm Closed 1–1.30pm
Closed Thursday and Friday
Saturday–Wednesday 10am–6pm Closed 1–2pm
Closed Thursday and Friday
*St. Davids Bishop’s Palace – Closed Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and the morning of Wednesday 20 October
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Toilets are located on site at ground floor level.
Male, female and disabled (ramped) unit.
Toilets available with baby changing facilities.
Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.
Principal car park (Merivale) is a short walk along surfaced road, with some slopes. (approx. 300 metres)
Approx. space for 100 cars and several disabled car spaces.
Parking outside monument is not restricted but becomes very busy, particularly during school holidays and on Sundays.
However, it can be used as a drop off point.
Mostly level with some gentle slopes. Access throughout ground floor level is good.
Paths around the courtyard, surfaced with bedded gravel are wheelchair/buggy friendly.
Steps down to undercrofts/vaults. First floor accessible via flights of steps
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
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.
Smoking is not permitted.
Picnic benches and /or tables are available for visitor use.
A portable induction loop is available.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Water refill station available at this site.
Postcode SA62 6PE.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
High St, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6PE
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01437 720517