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A Guide to St David’s, the Smallest City in the UK.

Updated: Nov 28

Check out Top of the Woods glamping campsite weekend travel guide to explore the smallest city in the UK, St Davids in Pembrokeshire Wales.

In Pembrokeshire in Wales, we have the smallest city in the UK, St David’s.

It has everything, the surf, beaches, culture and history, stunning landscape and some fantastic independent shops. If you have 48 hours or more in St David’s, the smallest city in the UK, here are some of the best things to do.

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Whitesands a beautiful beach by St David's City, the smallest city in the UK

For the culture vultures and history lovers.

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St Davids Cathedral, in the city of St David's in Wales

St David’s cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th centuries and is considered one of the finest examples of Early Gothic architecture in Britain. However, the site goes right back to the 6th century when a monastery was sited there and is a famous pilgrimage route, where travallers came to see the tomb of St David, the patron saint of Wales.

Bishop's Palace in the city of St David in Wales

Next door to St David’s cathedral is the substantial ruins of Bishop's Palace and gives a flavour of how the Bishops of St David’s would have lived in the 13th century. Today it is ruins but despite this, Bishop's Palace remains an important historic site and is a popular tourist attraction in St David’s. The palace is believed to have been built on the site of an earlier Roman fort and is considered an excellent example of medieval architecture.

Or, take in the atmosphere and explore the city's medieval streets, including its market square, which is home to a weekly market and several independent shops and galleries. Also, search out the nearby Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, which showcases Welsh artists, culture and history of Pembrokeshire.

For the nature lovers & twitchers

St David peninsular has a nearby marine reserve which is famous for its stunning coastal scenery and diverse wildlife. Some of the wildlife species that can be seen are:

Seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and puffins which can be seen nesting on cliffs.The nearby Sommer Island, located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is a breeding ground for Manx shearwaters and Atlantic puffins.

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Skomer Island - Pembrokeshire Puffins.

Seals and porpoises are frequently seen in the surrounding waters of St David’s Peninsula and along the Cardigan Bay. In the surrounding waters of the Marine Reserve, visitors may see a variety of marine life, including fish, dolphins, and whales.

Or why not just take a scenic walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which offers stunning views of the coastline and a popular destination to get your binoculars out. Birdwatch or to see if you can spot the largest pod of dolphins, that live year-round along this shoreline.

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186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, a walkers paradise.

It is important to note that the best time to observe wildlife varies depending on the species and time of year, so do check with local tour operators or wildlife experts for the most up to date information

For the adrenaline junkies, surfers & wild swimmers

Visit the nearby Whitesands Bay a popular surfing and wild sea swimming destination with a large expanse of sand & clear blue water.

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Pembrokeshire Surfing

Surfing the celtic sea

The waves at Whitesands Bay are popular for surfing, and there are surf schools that offer lessons and rentals for those who are new to the sport. You can read our popular blog for more detail, 3 best surfing beaches in Pembrokeshire

Sea Kayaking

The nearby coast and estuaries offer scenic kayaking routes, and rentals and guided tours are available.


Why not try your hand at Coasteering, an adrenaline-fueled activity that involves exploring the coastline by climbing, swimming, and jumping along cliffs and rock formations & was invented here in Pembrokeshire!

Wild swimming

Or if you love wild swimming, why not take a walk into the woods from Top of the Woods campsite and take a refreshing woodland dip in the waterfall, before you even head out for your days adventure!

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Top of the Woods glamping campsite - wild swimming in the woods

For the foodies

St David’s, located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, is not just known for its scenic coastal beauty but also for it delicious local cuisine. Try some of the best food places in St David’s to get you started, or find your own foodie heaven as you explore the area.

Check the websites for their location in St Davids and opening times.

Grub Kitchen

Bug burgers or mixed insect pakoras!…

Yes you heard right – try the future of sustainable food if you dare! The UK’s first full-time edible insect café/restaurant. It’s not just insects on the menu and the main ethos of Grub Kitchen is to serve freshly cooked, local, and sustainable food. There is a focus on plant-based dishes and children’s meals are always available.

Also, don’t forget to pop in and visit Dr Beyson Bug farm a visitor attraction focused on the wonderful world of bugs; the future of bugs in farming, bug research and is a conservation centre, where the Grub kitchen is located.

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Bug Farm & Grub Kitchen at St David's, the smallest city in the UK

The Bishops Pub

A great charming waterhole for tired feet & dogs

An old fashioned welcome that is atmospheric with good food & dog friendly. The perfect watering hole after your exploration of the city & the surrounding area. The pub is easy to find, just head to Cross square in the centre of the city of St David’s, the smallest City in the UK.

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The Bishops Pub in St Davids city.


Woodfired pizza and local brewed ale in the heart of St Davids City

Grain, started as a collaboration between Bluestone Brewing Company and The Canteen, Newport with a passion of bringing Welsh produce to the plates of Pembrokeshire, in Wales.

A selection of stone-baked pizzas, yummy snacks and refreshing beer, all with a focus on local produce, hearty portions and a relaxed atmosphere. We’re all about inclusion and bringing the taste of Pembrokeshire to everyone, from gluten-free beer and pizzas to a range of vegan specials. There’s something for everyone at Grain and your four-legged friends are welcome too!

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Grain Pizza and craft beer in St Davids in Wales

There are lots more things to discover at St David’s, the smallest city in the UK. You might need more that 48-hours to get the most out of your UK City break, so dont miss out on our March offer to celebrate St David's Day - see below!


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