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Ramsey House is within easy walking distance of St Davids, Britain’s smallest city which is only the size of a large village with just 2000 residents. This is Wales’ spiritual home, with its magnificent Cathedral and the remains of the Bishop’s Palace standing as a testament to St Davids religious importance. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastal scenery in Europe.
St Bride’s Bay, sheltered on both sides by protective peninsulas, encloses a great choice of places to visit from the quaint harbour at Solva to the impressive expanse of Newgale Beach. There are picturesque little coves at Nolton and Little Haven, wide sandy beaches at Broad Haven and Druidstone and rocky, isolated inlets at St Brides and Martins Haven.
1. St Davids Cathedral and Bishops Palace – and stop for coffee at the Refectory cafe overlooking the refurbished Cloisters.
2. Whitesands Bay – voted one of the Top 10 Beaches of the World by a UK Broadsheet. While you are there, why not climb Carn Llidi; a haul, but worth it for the stunning views all around the coastline of the St David’s peninsula.
3. Walk the Coast Path – stunning at any time of year – which has so much diversity, flora and fauna! We have too many highlights though to list…St David’s Head? Caerfai to Solva? Porthclais to St Justinians? You can’t go wrong…
4. For the brave try Coasteering – pioneered in St Davids by TYF Adventure! Work your way around the coastline by climbing, swimming and jumping around the cliffs – utterly exhilarating!! Also try climbing, surfing and kayaking, again with TYF.
5. Take an invigorating RIB (rigid inflatable boat), or relaxing regular boat trip around Ramsey Island. Birdlife, seals, hidden coves await you. In particular, puffins can be seen off the mainland around June and baby seals in September. Whale watching trips are also spectacular. However, all trips are very weather and tide dependant, so we recommend booking early in case of rescheduling.
6. Visit Abereiddy and see the Blue Lagoon – an old sunken quarry which is turned a stunning turquoise colour in summer. See the locals jump from the high walls into the deep pool and then wander along the Coast Path to Porthgain for a pub lunch in The Sloop Inn, a very popular pub in this picturesque and historic tiny harbour.
7. For thrill seekers, a visit to Oakwood Theme Park, about 40 minutes drive away is a must. The UK’s largest wooden rollercoaster is here, along with many other exciting rides. Next door to Oakwood is our other ‘Blue Lagoon’ – a year round indoor water park with shoots, outdoor elevated viewing pools, wave machines and a lazy river.
8. Melin Tregwynt – a woollen mill on the A487 to Fishguard is a traditional mill with a modern twist, they sell their beautiful blankets in Selfridges, but also have an on-site shop offering discounts.
9. St Non’s Chapel – walking distance from Ramsey House and the birthplace of St David. See the healing well that erupted from the sea when he was born and the ruins of the chapel built in honour of St Non, his mother.
10. St Justinians is not only the departure point for the Ramsey Island boat trips, but also a place of exceptional tides – the ‘Bitches’ is a treacherous stretch of water with strong cross-currents between the island and the mainland. The RNLI lifeboat station is situated here and worth a visit – lucky visitors may even see a launch! Seals can often be seen below the coastal path, and across the sea on the coves of Ramsey.
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