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St Davids ranks second on Which? staycation list

12 Aug 2022 2 minute read
St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. Photo by Nation.Cymru

The city of St Davids in Pembrokeshire has been ranked second in the nations of the UK by Which? for those looking for a staycation in a small city or town.

Which? Travel ranked the best cities and towns in the UK for a weekend staycation break or day trip.

There were middling results for Wales in the large cities category with both Cardiff and Swansea scoring 67% and 75% respectively, compared to York in the top spot at 86% and Aberdeen bottom at 59%.

In the small city or town or town category, however, St Davids came in at second place with a score of 86%, only narrowly pipped to the post by Wells in Somerset, England at 88%.

The scores were calculated by combining the average hotel price with Which? scores for food and drink, accommodation, cultural sights, shopping, ease of getting around, lack of crowds and overall value for money.

Those scores were themselves based on a survey of over 3,000 visitors.

St David’s ranked highly for accommodation and cultural sights with five and four stars, but dropped points on food and drink and lack of crowds with only two stars.

According to Which? St David’s “feels more like a village than a city… with pubs, restaurants, galleries, and gift shops clustered around a sweet little square”.

St Davids, or Tyddewi in Welsh, is the resting place of Saint David, Wales’s patron saint. It is the smallest city on the British Isles, having been granted the status in the 12th century thanks to its cathedral.

The cathedral is the episcopal see of the Diocese of St Davids which covers Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and part of Glamorgan.

Which? added that the list suggested that “what [travellers] continue to appreciate is a medieval cathedral with cobbled lanes, plenty of history, independent shops and somewhere agreeable to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

“That’s not the entire story, however: grittier cities have shot up the rankings – Belfast in particular has become a favoured destination for foodies and culture aficionados.”


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 month ago

People who don’t live in Cymru but come to Cymru and claim they are on a “staycation” have the “Coloniser’s mindset” and they believe that Cymru is nought but their back garden.
No more coloniser words!

Iolo Caerfyrthin
Iolo Caerfyrthin
1 month ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Bloody silly thing to say. The greatest Welsh speaking city that has ever existed was called Lerpwl. There were in fact more Welsh speakers there at one time than all the cities of Wales combined. They called Liverpool home. It was also home to 100 Welsh chapels. No one called them colonisers. Today’s nationalists forget that there are more people of Welsh extraction in England than Wales. The last mitary activity between the two countries was Henry Tudor’s conquest of England his son United the two countries according to his father’s promise to the Welsh nobility who put him on… Read more »

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 month ago

*Caerfyrddin

*says throne of England posts picture of the sphincter flag of the Non-Union.

And the Tudors’ The Original Dic Siôn Dafydds. Traitors to the great Welsh army who defeated England.

Last edited 1 month ago by One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 month ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Agreed. It’s a staycation for the Cymry.
It’s a holiday for them on the wrong side of the Severn

Sheff
Sheff
1 month ago

Good geograhical knowledge of your own country there. Half of Wales is on the opposite side of the Hafren from Tyddewi.

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