Top places in Wales to celebrate St David’s Day

Held annually on the 1st March, St David’s Day is a national day to honour the history and culture of Wales. Based around the patron of Wales, cities across the country hold parades and display their nation flag proudly.

Whether you’re celebrating at an event or just admiring the culture of Wales, there are plenty of stunning locations that celebrate the holiday across the country.

St David’s Cathedral

Where better to visit on St David’s Day than the small city of St Davids – the origin of the patron himself. Famous for being a place of pilgrimage, this Pembrokeshire city holds a lot of religious sentiment and is a popular tourist location. The city has many different historical attractions like the Oriel y Parc Gallery, The Bishop’s Palace, and the St Davids Cathedral. The cathedral is the main reason for the city’s popularity, being the site of St David’s monastery. Wander the cobbled walls of the cathedral and learn the ins and outs of the rich welsh culture in their gallery, treasury and library.

Stay Nearby: Pembroke Dock | St. Clears Carmarthen

Aberystwyth, Dewi Sant Parade

This dockside town is one of the biggest towns in mid-Wales and home to the well-known university. As well as being perfectly located between the northern and southern areas of Wales, the street names and architecture perfectly encapsulate the history of the country. As well as being a great place to shop in the city centre, they also have a colourful dockside area to visit. For St Davids Day, they hold their annual town centre parade starting at the famous town clock walking through the town centre. The iconic Welsh flag and daffodils a-plenty can be seen in the parade down the road. The parade ends at the ceremony podium with a short speech by the mayor. Festivities continue for the next few days with plenty of refreshments available.

Stay Nearby: Porthmadog | Caernarfon | Bangor

Cardiff City Centre Parade

This capital city sits at the heart of South Wales and has residents from many cultures. As well as being a popular city for visitors and shopping, the city is also well known for its historic Welsh architecture such as Cardiff Castle which sits in the heart of the city, and St Fagans which lies just on the outskirts of the city centre. The annual St Davids Day parade around the city centre starts at Boulevard de Nantes at noon and travels down through Queen Street. Many Welsh flags and daffodils will be making their way through the centre of Cardiff alongside choir and band members. If you’re looking to celebrate the heritage and culture of Wales, then look no further.

Stay Nearby: Cardiff Central Queen Street | Cardiff Central | Cardiff Atlantic Wharf

Tredegar House, Newport

With a bustling city centre and plenty to do, Newport is famous for its rich musical heritage and famous breweries dotted around the outskirts of the city. Many people visit for their famous leisure complex Friars Walk, but many also stay for the historical buildings and structures. The famous Tredegar House celebrates St David’s Day in style, with their red dragon trail, an activity to spot the dragons dotted around the site, and their exclusive story about St David and the Welsh heritage behind this famous house. Explore the impressive rooms and hear the stories of the Morgan family that used to live in the estate house back in the 1700s.

Stay Nearby: Newport Central | Cardiff Llanedeyrn | Cardiff Whitchurch

Cwmbach Male Choir at St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare

Also known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Aberdare sits in the Cynon Valley just above Pontypridd as the cultural hub of the South Wales valleys. Although it may not be a popular destination for most, it’s one that’s worth visiting. The town is populated with many cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as historical landmarks that are integral to Wales’ heritage. This year for St Davids Day, the Cwmbach male choir are holding a concert at St Elvan’s Church. With a choir, organ and piano coupled with Welsh themed light refreshments at Spires cafe, this is truly a traditional way to celebrate the holiday.

Stay Nearby: Merthyr Tydfil | Caerphilly | Bridgend Pencoed