St Brides Bay, West Pembrokeshire, is a large rocky bay with Ramsey Island to its Northern and Skomer Island to its Southern boundaries. Part of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the bay is around 7 miles wide and is a site of special interest – the St Brides Bay Heritage Coast.
What’s St Bride’s Bay Like?
In a word – gorgeous! This large Bay comprising many individual sandy beaches is surrounded by rocky cliffs of up to 250 feet high in places. The area is a Special Area of Conservation, with some parts being further singled out for special protection or as sites of special scientific interest. Villages such as Solva, St Brides, Newgale, Martin’s Haven, Little Haven, Broad Haven and Nolton Haven speckle the coast.
Features of St Brides Bay
The villages around St Brides Bay enhance this stunningly beautiful coastline and the smallest city in Britain, St Davids, is just to its North. Of course, the most spectacular features are the beaches, and to take full advantage, why not walk the 5-mile heritage coastline and perhaps look out on Skomer Island which is famous for puffins and breeding birds? And enjoy the coloured cliffs which attract seals and choughs. Walking, fishing and all other outdoor activities are well catered for here, and the nearby Oakwood Adventure and Leisure Park is certainly worth a visit too.
Beaches and Harbours
St Brides Bay beaches are extremely popular and well-loved, yet not overly busy. Why not try Marloe Sands, or Newgale Sands (positioned between Solva and Nolton Haven) – this clean, two-mile long beach is popular for surfing. The beaches at Broad Haven and Little Haven are also lovely – in fact, Broad Haven has two, both popular for sea sports including sea kayaking and canoeing, fishing and swimming.
Solva’s sheltered harbour is stunning and set in rolling green hills with the small village white and pretty at the end, framed by attractive blue waters.
St David, the patron Saint of Wales was apparently born in this small city which now caters for visitors with its visitors centre, marine life centre and cathedral. The latter boasts a stunning nave and a sixteenth century ceiling crafted from Irish oak, while the ruins of the Bishops Palace, a medieval structure, lie nearby.
How to get to St Brides Bay
St Brides Bay, on the West of Pembrokeshire, is reachable either via the A477 and A4076 to its South, or from the A487 and A40 from the North side. The whole coastal area is traversed by small roads connecting the villages. The nearest railway stations (at Haverfordwest or Milford Haven) are both close by.
Where to stay
What better than staying in or near such a stunningly beautiful National Park? Much of our accommodation in this area of St Brides Bay and nearby St Davids, takes the form of self-catering holiday cottages but we are also able to provide some wonderful bed and breakfast accommodation… Whether you’re looking for a simple base as a place to stay or if you’re looking for luxury accommodation with great facilities, or even if you’re looking for a group or family holiday, we have something to suit your requirements.
Why not walk the heritage coastline or luxuriate on the award winning beaches? Do take a look at our accommodation listings below for more inspiration.