Visit St David’s Bishop’s Palace, view the beautifully decorated ruins, and learn about an important site in West Wales’ Christian landscape. The ruins consist of an east range for private occupation and a more decorative south range, which included the great hall, for entertaining guests. Some of the Palace’s greatest features are its wheel window and arcaded parapet.
St David established the original monastery in the 6th century, and the site underwent many changes throughout its history. In the 11th century the Normans created a Norman Bishop and built a defensive wall around all the structures, including the palace. During the 13th century Bishop Thomas Bek had a hall and private apartments constructed, possibly due to an impending pilgrimage from King Edward I and his queen. The majority of the ruins seen today were a result of the work of Bishop de Gower, in the early 14th century. He created a graceful and decorative atmosphere also seen in his work on the palace at Lamphey.
Open all year round, with seasonal opening times – check the website – and good disabled access on ground floor levels. Attractions include open air theatre performances, displays in the undercroft, a cafe and a gift shop. There is an admission charge – again, check online for up to date information.
Facilities include babychanging, toilets and disabled toilets. Induction loop available. Parking is pay and display. There are picnic tables and benches and dogs are welcome if kept on a lead. No smoking permitted.
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