6 Idyllic Camping Sites by the Sea in St Davids
Although it was originally awarded City status back in the 12th Century, the Pembrokeshire city of St. Davids has retained its small-town charm for nearly 1,000 years. In fact, with a population of under 2,000 people, it is officially the smallest city in the UK. However, it’s certainly not short of things to do or places to stay.
From the striking ruins of the Bishop’s Palace and the magnificent cathedral to the art galleries, boat rides and unique shops, St Davids has something for everyone. As a result, it’s a popular holiday destination and there’s no shortage of campsites around the city. Below, we’ve picked out the very best camping sites St Davids has to offer.
Where to go camping in St Davids
1. Celtic Camping
For beautiful views, you can’t beat Celtic Camping. Located on a clifftop just outside St Davids, the Irish Sea and Welsh coast below make for a breathtaking view. The spacious campsite offers a variety of on-site amenities, including facilities blocks, indoor dining areas, electrical hook-ups and wi-fi.
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The site welcomes all party types and sizes, and there’s plenty of space for those wanting a secluded getaway. One word of caution though, the clifftop setting can be a little windy at times, so it’s best to visit during the summer months. Unless of course, you stay in one of their bunkhouses!
Tents, caravans and campervans all welcome. Electric hook-ups. Dog-friendly.
2. Dunes at Whitesands
Having opened in 2017, the family-run Dunes at Whitesands is relatively new to the St Davids camping scene. With just 23 pitches on offer, the site provides the perfect secluded break. But that’s far from its only attraction. The site is just a 10-minutes walk to Whitesands Beach – a Blue Flag beach and one of the best surf spots in Wales.
Considering its small size, campers will find Dunes surprisingly well-equipped, with a modern shower block, fridge, freezer and washing machine on-site. Each pitch also comes with a picnic table and fire pit for unwinding after a long day on the sand.
Tents, caravans and campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents welcome. Electrical hook-ups on 10 pitches. No dogs.
3. St Davids Farm Camping
Nestled just a mile from St Davids by beautiful Caerfai Beach, St Davids Farm Camping is a small, fun site away from the hustle and bustle of Pembrokeshire’s busier tourist spots. The four fields that comprise the site are part of a working farm, meaning, so you can take in both the views of St Brides Bay and life on the farm.
Caerfai Beach is dog-friendly, just like the site, and there are miles of walks on the doorstep, including the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The site is great for families, with no stag and hen parties or large groups allowed.
Tents, caravans, motorhomes and camper vans welcome. Dog-friendly.
4. Rhosson Ganol
Another stunning location, Rhosson Ganol is the Westernmost campsite in Wales. This popular camping ground in St Davids is located on the tip of the peninsular, with spectacular views of Ramsey Island. The coastal path at St Justinian is a 2-minute walk and the beach is 5 minutes away, so you won’t get bored. There are also regular boat trips to Ramsey Island – an RSPB nature reserve and bird spotter’s paradise.
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As a quiet, family-friendly site, Rhosson Ganol doesn’t take bookings from large groups. You’ll find all the usual amenities, including toilets, showers, dishwashing and wi-fi.
Tents, caravans, camper vans, motorhomes, trailer tents and RVs welcome. 20 electric hook-ups. Dog-friendly.
5. St Davids Camping and Caravanning Club Site
The Camping and Caravanning Club run professional sites throughout the UK and St Davids is no exception. The 40-pitch site is just a mile from the heritage coast and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
With all the amenities you’d expect on a Camping and Caravanning Club site, like a fully equipped facilities block, electrical hookups and shop, the site has everything you need. Located 5 miles from the city, this camping site in St Davids is close to local attractions while providing a peaceful break with magnificent views.
Tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents all welcome. Dog-friendly.
6. Glan-y-Mor Camp Site
Tucked away in the scenic grounds of a private residence, this small 2.5-acre camping site in St Davids is a great way to get away from it all. Although small, Glan-y-Mor has all the facilities you’d expect from a campsite, including showers, wi-fi, dishwashers, electrical hook-ups and fire pits.
The site is also the perfect place for those looking to try a bit of surfing. Surfboard, bodyboard and wetsuit hire are all available, as are lessons for those looking to get into the sport. If you’d prefer to stay dry, numerous beaches, coastal walks and boat trips are all within walking distance.
Tents, caravans, motorhomes, and camper vans allowed. Dog-friendly.
Camping in and around St Davids
It may be small, but St Davids is a great holiday destination. Besides the unique charm of the UK’s smallest city, there are miles of unspoilt beaches, coastal walks and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. For those looking for a more active break, it’s also an ideal spot for surfing, canoeing and mountain biking.
Plus, there’s no shortage of great campsites to allow you to enjoy the area’s natural landscape. We’ve included our pick here, but there are a multitude of camping sites in St Davids to accommodate for every party size and budget.
So, whether it’s a romantic escape, a family holiday or a celebratory trip with friends, camping in St Davids is a great way to kick back and explore the Welsh coast.
Looking for things to do while you’re away? Take a look at the many attractions Pembrokeshire has to offer on our blog. Or, if you’d rather leave the tent at home, browse holiday cottages in St Davids online to find the perfect staycation for you.