St Davids Bishop's Palace (Cadw)

Type:Historic Site / Building

St Davids Bishop's Palace (Cadw), St David's, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PE

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This imposing medieval palace stands in a grassy hollow next to purple-stoned St Davids Cathedral. Even in ruins, the palace - unequalled anywhere else in Wales - still conveys the affluence and power of the medieval church. It is largely the work of the energetic Bishop Henry de Gower (1328-47).

No expense was spared in creating a grand residence fit for a major figure of both Church and State. De Gowers palace boasted two complete sets of state rooms ranged around a courtyard, one for his own use, the other for ceremonial entertainment.

The palace is richly embellished throughout with lavish stone carvings. Particularly fine are its arcaded parapets - de Gowers trademark - decorated with chequered stonework.

Pay & display nearby, cycle stands nearby, gift shop, toilets, baby changing facilities, exhibition, portable induction loop.


Road Directions

A487 to St David's; from the centre, follow signs to the left.
By Bus: 250m/270 yards, route No 411 Haverfordwest - St David's/Fishguard. Route no 413 Fishguard - St David's.
National Cycle Route: NCN Route No.4 On route.

Accessible by Public Transport: Haverfordwest station is 16 miles away.



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