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St Davids Cathedral was built on the site of a monastery, which was founded by St David, the Patron Saint of Wales.

St David was born in the year 500 AD and according to legend, his birth was on a nearby cliff top, in the middle of a dramatic storm. He was the son of St Non and a prince from Ceredigion. There are a number of miracles associated with St David, one of the best known took place when he was preaching to a large crowd of people. Those at the back could not see him and they complained.  The ground under St David began to rise until he stood on a hill, where all could see him and listen to his teachings. A white dove is said to have landed on his shoulder, signifying God’s grace and blessing. When St David died in 580 AD, the monastery is believed to have been filled with angels. His final words to his followers were “Be Joyful – Keep the Faith. Do the little things you have seen me do”. David’s symbol was the leek, which along with the daffodil remains a symbol of Wales.

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There are at least three services said or sung per day, each week, with sung services on five out of seven days.


Since the 6th Century there has been a church on the site of the monastery. In the 12th Century, Pope Calixtus ll declared St Davids Cathedral to be a place of pilgrimage and a modest medieval shrine to St David was built here.  This has recently been restored, with the new shrine being unveiled and rededicated on David’s Day March 1st, 2012.  Thousands of visitors and pilgrims visit every year.

Steeped in history, the present Cathedral is in a picturesque setting, in a small valley alongside a brook. Inside is a feeling of light and space, with vibrant colours shining from the beautiful stained glass windows.  Visitors are sure to receive a warm welcome, whether this is to join a service, enjoy a concert or just look around this wonderful building with its ornate carvings in wood and stone. 

Some key points for visitors include:

  • There is no fee for entry to the Cathedral but a donation is expected and there is a small fee to take photographs.
  • Guided tours are available and can be arranged for individuals and groups, in Welsh or English.
  • Good, reasonably priced food and beverages can be obtained at the refectory.
  • Interesting exhibitions regularly take place at the Cloister Gallery.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Cathedral.
  • There are two gift shops; one inside the cathedral and one across a small stone bridge over the stream.
  • There are two paths to the Cathedral; one has a steep path and a number of steps, which might be more difficult for those with limited mobility.
  • Car parking is available nearby at paid public car parks or on street parking.

For further details and current information on prices and events please look at the cathedral’s web site.

 Photography © Crown copyright 2017 (Visit Wales).