Throughout history, Cathedrals have been a sacred space, of healing and solace. They have offered a haven for prayer, for reflection, for remembering, for commemoration and for celebration. Here in St Davids, people have felt the nearness of God, and the touch of God’s compassionate love, in their joys and in their sorrows, for over 14 centuries.
The Dean and Chapter of St Davids Cathedral are again open for Sunday Choral Eucharist and Sunday Evensong, as well as Choral Evensong on most Thursdays and Fridays and alternate Mondays. For a full list of these and other daily services see here. From noon on 17 May we are open to visitors from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (last entry) and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. We look forward to welcoming you, and pray that here you may find God’s comfort, strength, and all else that you need during these continuing challenging times. May he answer your prayers for yourself, for those you care for, and for all that is on your heart and mind.
St Davids Cathedral is fully open only for visiting, prayer and private reflection and those attending services at the following times:
Mon-Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
- Services: - You are not required to prebook to attend any of our services.
We look forward to welcoming you
Alternate Mon: 6pm - Choral Evensong
Tues 6pm: - Choral Evensong
Alternate Wed 6pm: - Choral Evensong
Thurs and Fri: 6pm - Choral Evensong
Sun: 8:30am Holy Eucharist
Sun: 11.15am - Choral Eucharist or Choral Mattins
Sun: 6pm - Choral Evensong
The wearing of face-masks in the Cathedral is now compulsory, unless excempt.
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For those attending our Sunday Services, please see the following additional information:
To help you feel safe the Cathedral has provided:
Clear signage through the Cathedral, to guide your time here
Please remember to keep 2m distance from those not in your own household/group and pause if anywhere is congested.
Hand sanitiser stations on entry and exit
A member of staff to greet you on arrival, to answer any questions, and, if required, to remind people to respect the measures that help keep everyone safe
Pews and other seating socially distanced, in the nave, so you can safely sit at peace for as long as you wish
A safe method of being able to light candles, should you wish to, with extra stands to avoid any congestion
Contactless donation points, as well as donation boxes.
You can also donate via our JustGiving page.
A chaplain is often available - do ask if you would like to talk or pray with someone
If you would like to spend time sitting quietly, please do use the The Thomas Becket Chapel
A regular cleaning system for surfaces that may be touched
If you are coming into the Cathedral, we ask that you:
- Follow directions on signage and from our staff
- Respect social distancing, between individuals, or household groups
- Use the hand sanitisers on entry and exit
- Try not to touch surfaces
- Follow the guidelines when lighting candles
- Do not enter the Cathedral if you have Covid-19 symptoms
- Enjoy being able to come for private prayer to your Cathedral
Respect The Rules – Protect Each Other – Enjoy Your Visit
The Dean of St Davids, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, said ‘The coronavirus has brought such difficult times for so many people over more than a year, and remains very challenging for us all. At St Davids Cathedral, we continue to work with the latest regulations from the Welsh Government, supporting them as they try to keep us as safe as possible, within the wider wellbeing of our nation. We are delighted that we can once again welcome pilgrims and visitors of all faiths and none back to the Cathedral. We are conscious that St Davids is a place soaked in centuries of prayer, which has a capacity to amplify to us a sense of the presence of the God who is love. And so as you spend time here, I hope you will enjoy that sense of peace – even relief – which I so often feel when I come within the Cathedral. Here I can just sit, and know myself held in the loving gaze of the God who, in Jesus Christ has shared fully in the human condition, from birth to death, and experienced the joys and the pains, the hopes and the struggles, that life may bring. This is the place to let down our guard, and lay down the burden of the strains and stresses we have borne, and feel the compassionate touch of Jesus Christ, who understands, and who prays for us and with us. Here we can receive his gift of the peace that the world cannot give, the peace that passes all understanding, where our spirits find rest, and our souls receive a taste of our eternal home. May you know that blessing of peace, as you visit, and as you leave us – for the God who is encountered here, is the God who created the universe, and whose redeeming love and encouraging presence can be found anywhere and everywhere.’