Ramsey Island – Family fun in St Davids, Pembrokeshire

One of the things our children love more than anything when exploring St Davids, Pembrokeshire is visiting Ramsey Island. It’s such a special place as you feel completely cut off from “the mainland” and all the pressures that go with it. You feel like you’re back in a microcosm of nature and sea life. 

Ramsey Island is owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds which means Ramsey’s cliffs are perfect for breeding seabirds in spring and in summer. Choughs, peregrines and ravens also nest on the sea cliffs and in the island’s sea-caves. From May to September, bluebells, pink thrift and spring squill carpet the island followed by gorgeous purple heather in late summer. 

It’s such a fantastic place to visit while staying in your Yewdale holiday cottage and you can easily organise a boat trip from many of the vendors in St David’s city centre. 

There’s no place in Pembrokeshire – or Wales – like it! 

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Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Gallery

For some serious visual treats on your holiday in St Davids visit Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Gallery, home to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales which displays art from the national collection and exhibitions inspired by the varied landscapes of Pembrokeshire.

The visitor centre and gift shop sell a range of products to help you remember your special holiday in Pembrokeshire. From handcrafted items such as stoneware vases and exclusive designer jewellery to art supplies, cards and locally made jams, you’ll be sure to find a token for your trip to St Davids here. 

In the St David’s Room, you’ll find paintings, prints and etchings. Venture to the Discover Room and discover 3D artworks including jewellery, ceramics, score and glass. 

It’s the perfect place to refresh tired feet at the Pilgrims Cafe at Oriel y Parc for some tasty treats and wonderful coffee. 

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Coffee in St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Pebbles Yard Gallery Espresso Bar – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

St Davids has something of an island mentality. It exists in its own microcosm and has its own distinct personality. This makes it a fantastic holiday destination as you can get away from all the emails and zooms and endless distractions.

But it can mean that time slows down. And for a long time St Davids was a little behind the “mainland” as regards its coffee. The coffee revolution stopped at Haverfordwest and didn’t come much further. But things are changing and here we take a quick look at some of the up-and-coming coffee hotspots.

Pebbles Yard Gallery Espresso Bar – Pebbles Yard were ahead of the curve and have been serving beautiful coffee for decades now. Their amazing beans and careful construction makes them a really great place to sit and get your caffeine dose for the day. With an inspiring art gallery too, this is a great place to unwind and invigorate.

Pilgrims Cafe, Oriel y Parc Gallery & Visitor Centre – Inside the fabulous visitor centre you will find the unassuming Pilgrims Cafe. But don’t be disarmed by its humble stature, this place is a Mecca for great coffee with chilled, cultured vibes.

Caffi Rockhoppers – Perched inside the TYF building on the High Street is another fantastic place to fill your caffeinated boots. Rockhoppers is the ultimate place for the adrenaline junkie where you can book an amazing session of coasteering while chowing down on some serious caffeinated delights.

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Porthclais Harbour – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

The closest harbour to St Davids and your Yewdale holiday cottage is Porthclais. This is one of our absolute favourite places in Pembrokeshire. It’s just such a serene and thoughtful place. The sun glistens on the swell, creating the image of something out of a romantic painting. 

It’s a fantastic place for paddling and crabbing, something our family always love to do when we are in St Davids. So feel free to roll up those trouser legs, grab a bucket and see what Porthclais has to offer. 

There is also an amazing kiosk just a few metres away from the harbour. It sells very tasty ice cream and, for our money, the best coffee in the St David’s area. They really put so much care into their craft and there’s always a friendly face to greet you on arrival. 

Porthclais is also very dog-friendly.  On some of the better visited beaches, pooches are a no-no in the summer months. But here you can bring a dog along and they’ll absolutely love exploring the coastline and smelling the smells of this tiny fishing village. 

Also, from Porthclais you can go on a multitude of coastal walks for all levels of mobility. Our children love to run up the footpaths and enjoy the incredible view of the harbour from higher ground. The boats bobbing and the seabirds soaring is a truly mediative moment. 

When you’re in St Davids you absolutely must visit this charming little harbour. 

We hope you love it as much as we do! 

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Takeaways in St Davids, Pembrokeshire

If you’re anything like us then when you’re on holiday you really can’t be fussed with the effort of cooking or going out to eat. You just want to relax in your holiday cottage with an indulgent feast.

So here’s our list of the best takeaway’s in St Davids, Pembrokeshire :

Losh’s Pasties

Halfway up the high street in St Davids you’ll find the unassuming Loch’s Pasties. But don’t be disarmed by its quiet, humble stature. This place is an absolute Mecca for all things pastry. We recommend highly the chicken, chorizo and bacon oggie (pasty to non Cornish folk) as a hearty snack which will warm the cockles after a seaside swim.

Peter’s Plaice

Just down from the wholesome delights of Loch’s Pasties is the local fish and chip shop. Peter’s Plaice is reassuringly busy and we would warn you to expect queues in the busy season. But it really is a fantastic takeaway option and the fish and chip portions are extremely generous and very much value for money.

Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine

Although also a great restaurant, Saffron offer mouth-watering takeaway food. And a curry is a perfect mouthful after a long day on the beach. Sit out in Yewdale’s private garden with views of St David’s cathedral and tuck into a hearty naan bread dipped in a creamy chicken tikka masala. Heaven.

As afore mentioned, it’s very busy over the summer months so with all of these options be prepared to queue. Or ring your order in if possible.

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