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“A great ruin!”

St Davids Bishop's Palace
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in St Davids
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Owner description: The palace still conveys the affluence and power of the medieval church If you get the chance, try and catch an open-air theatre performance here. It is built for drama. The whole site sends shivers down the spine. It evokes a period when religion was the order of the day and bishops were powerbrokers par excellence. Lavish decorations, corbels carved as human heads and striking chequerboard stonework are all testament to the wealth and status of these medieval men of religion. Bishop Thomas Bek undertook significant new building work on the site but it was Bishop Henry de Gower who was responsible for virtually the entire palace we see today. His legacy consists of two great ranges. The east range – the simpler of the two – was the first to be built. This was his private domain. The second, the south range, was much grander and built for stylish entertaining. The great hall, the most impressive chamber in the palace, created the perfect backdrop for banquets.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

This is a great place to visit and the setting is very pretty.
Once you are here, you can walk to the cathedral and surrounding grounds too.

Thank Adventurers049
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This building may be a partial ruin but thanks to some hugely intelligent restoration by CADW (the Welsh National monuments organisation) the whole place is brought alive by a decent tour all over the remains. The sound track of sights and sounds can be heard in each room with a recorded voice. The depth of effort that has gone into you understanding the role and the way medieval places worked is brilliant. Very well done.

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had a great morning exploring the palace ruins. The audio signs were really useful recreating the atmosphere of the palace. The kids enjoyed the quest around the grounds looking for clues and claiming their prize. My mum and dad loved the atmosphere, plenty of benches for them to sit on to enjoy it

Thank yvonne r
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

I'm fortunate to live in St.Davids and grew up with this as part of my backyard. It's an enchanting playground for adults and children alike. The Welsh historical building organisation Cadw (translated= save or preserve) have done a fantastic job of part-preserving and part-recreating the details of the architecture that would have defined the stature and beauty of the place - notice out for the new sandstone window frames with holes cut for mullions, showing how a newly installed window from the late 13th Century would have looked, or the contrasts in the two colours of stone in the high level tiles.
For children, it's a delight - there are so many ground level 'cellars' that become dungeons and scary hiding places in the twinkle of an eye. It's a great wet weather spot too, as there are plenty of places to hide from the wildest weather.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

A great place to explore for the whole family. We were actually at a wedding there but managed to have a good look around and discover hidden away places!

Thank Emily M
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