St David’s Flights:
Flights to St David’s
Named ‘St David’s and the Cathedral Close’, though more commonly known just as St David’s, this city in Wales is actually the smallest city in Britain and the only one to lie entirely within the boundaries of a national park. The cathedral is doubtless the main attraction here, but with stunning, rugged coastal scenery too, St David’s makes a great little tourist destination.
There are no airports in the immediate vicinity for international flights to St. David’s but Cardiff Airport (airport code: CWL) is about a 2 hour drive from the city through some pleasant countryside. The only flight to St. David’s (arriving in Cardiff) from South Africa that has one connection is with KLM, and they have a transfer in Amsterdam. If you’d rather stop in London and Glasgow, you can fly with Virgin Atlantic or BMI. For something a little different, you can transfer in Nairobi with Kenya Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions of St David’s:
With a population of less than 2,000 people St David’s is easily Britain’s smallest city yet it’s always been an important place because it’s the final resting place of Wales’s patron saint, Saint David.
St David’s Cathedral
The large cathedral is the main landmark of the city and the best known tourist attraction. The city was actually built around the cathedral and the monastic community that’s existed here for over 1400 years was founded by Saint David himself.
The current St David’s Cathedral is not this old though it still dates back to 1181. There’s been damage and repair since then, and extensive renovations and remodels, as well as adding buildings to the complex such as the Bishop’s Palace which is now in ruins.
Other Landmarks in St David’s
Along with the Cathedral and the ruined Bishop’s Palace there are several other landmark tourist attractions in the city of St David’s. These include the 13th century built Tower Gate, and the Celtic Old Cross. St David’s Lifeboat Station is also somewhat of a local landmark, built on stilts above the water with a ramp to launch the lifeboats into the sea at speed. The station can be visited for a small donation.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
As well as being the smallest city in Britain St David’s is the only city to lie entirely within a national park. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, as the name suggests, spans a length of coastline in the county of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Inside the national park region you’ll find a varied coastline with plenty of scenic beauty. There are sandy beaches, cliffs, rugged hills, estuaries and more to explore, as well as inland sections where there are forests and marshes too.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail also crosses through the national park and St David’s is a popular base for hiking sections of this pathway. Or if you enjoy getting onto the water itself, kayaking is also a popular pastime in the St David’s area.
When Should You Visit?:
Like the rest of Britain St David’s has a relatively mild, temperate climate. Rainfall is possible throughout the year but for usually lower rainfall amounts and warmer temperatures you should visit during the summer months, particularly July and August. Spring can be a nice time too, while winters are cool and damp.