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Visitor Notice

Some areas of the East Range are currently inaccessible due to conservation and consolidation work; please ask our on-site team for information and updates!

The palace remains open to visitors.

Overview

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.

More about St Davids Bishop's Palace


Opening times

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 10am – 4pm 

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£4.20
Family*
£12.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£2.50
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£3.40

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Accessible toilets icon Baby changing icon Bike storage icon Charging car park icon Disabled access icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Picnic tables icon Portable hearing icon School visits icon Toilets icon Venue hire icon Water refill station icon

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  

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.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

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.


Directions

Road
A487 to St Davids, minor road past Cathedral.
Rail
25km/16mls, Haverfordwest Rail Station, on the Milford Haven route.
Bus
250m/270yards, route No 411 Haverfordwest - St Davids/Fishguard. Route no 413 Fishguard - St Davids.
Bike
NCN Route No.4 On route.

Postcode SA62 6PE.

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


Contact us

Telephone 01437 720517

Email
*STDavidsBishopsPalace@gov.wales

Address
St Davids Bishop's Palace,
High St, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6PE

*Due to technical difficulties, our sites have no computer access. Please ring sites directly or email: cadw@gov.wales