St. David's, Pembrokeshireshire. Location map
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  The Old Cross, St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales   St. David's.

St. David's is the smallest city in Great Britain and, although it has city status, it is really no more than a large village. We were here in July 2006 and the Old Cross, shown here, dates from the 14th century and is sited in the centre of the city, in what is known as Cross Square, outside our hotel The Old Cross Hotel.

St. David's is situated in the south-western most tip of Wales with the coast being only one mile south, two miles west and three miles to the north of the city.

It is obviously a popular tourist destination and there were a lot of visitors about including us!

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  St. David's Cathedral, St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales   St. David's.

St. David's Cathedral, built in 1181, is curiously situated in a small valley so that only the upper part of the tower is visible from the village (sorry! - city) and the surrounding countryside. The cathedral close is entered by descending 39 steps after passing through a rather imposing 13-14th century gateway 60 feet high which also houses the cathedral's bells.

The ruins of the Bishop's Palace can be seen on the left beyond the cathedral and the gap in the wall in the centre of the picture is the start of the 39 steps. The path below leads straight to the main entrance.

There is something magical about this place and it should not be missed.

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  The Bishop's Palace, St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales   St. David's

The Bishop's Palace, situated next to the cathedral, dates mainly from the 13th and 14th centuries. It is an imposing ruin and after going into the shop to buy their entrance tickets, visitors, after seeing the large open area inside, could be forgiven for thinking that is little to see. However that initial view is misleading and far from the truth.

There are numerous 'rooms', passages, spiral staircases and undercrofts arranged around that central space.

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  St. David's Head, St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales   St. David's.

St. David's, as mentioned earlier, is not far from the coast and the Pembrokeshire coast is famous for it's spectacular scenery and wildlife. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is 186 miles long - walk that if you can!

We were determined to see the coast and ended up doing 4 separate walks, using the buses on three of those so that we didn't have to return to wherever we might have left the car, and on one walk we started from St. David's and did a circular walk back to St. David's.

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