St Govan’s

St Govan's Chapel

St Govan’s Chapel is built into the side of a cliff near Bosherton in Pembrokeshire. And the majority of this important religious site was built in the 13th Century although parts may date back further.

Count the steps down and back up again! Legend has it they’re never the same.

It’s a very atmospheric place and a haven for wildlife, particularly seabirds.

And the views from inside…

…and outside are pretty incredible too!

How to get to St Govan's

Getting to St Govan’s is not easy.  It’s a good 15 minutes beyond Pembroke with it’s Castle.  And the closer you get the narrower the roads become.  So it will take some time.  Slow down and enjoy the journey.  This is a beautiful part of Pembrokeshire, with Bosherston, BarafundleStack Rocks, Freshwater West Beach and the Green Bridge of Wales all nearby.  And they are all worth a visit!

Nearest Postcode: SA71 5DR

Map Ref: SR967 929

Where to park for St Govan’s

There’s a good sized car park just a short walk from the top of the steps down to the St Govan’s Chapel.  And it’s free!!  It’s a great place for a picnic and there’s usually an Ice Cream van here during the Summer.  So bring some cash and enjoy a 99! 

More info

St Govan’s is approximately half an hour from the popular seaside resort of Tenby and the nearest town is Pembroke. 

This is a great place to start or end at least a couple of our favourite Pembrokeshire Coast Path walks.  In one direction are Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales.  And in the other you can walk to Broadhaven South or onto Barafundle.

Both are about as flat as Pembrokeshire Coast Path walks get.  If you fancy some coast path walking check out our post on walks in Pembrokeshire and this book.  We’ve got the older version and found it brilliant when we walked the whole thing.  It’s battered, bruised and well thumbed but we still use it today!

We would always recommend wearing at least mid-ankle boots as a minimum on any Pembrokeshire walk as they can all be muddy, wet and/or rocky.  You don’t want wet feet on a long hike and you certainly don’t want to be twisting an ankle. We’re on our second pair of these by Salomon which says a lot about how good we thought the first pair was.

Whatever the length of your walk remember to carry the right gear and perhaps most importantly a map and compass.

Where to stay near St Govan's

There are not many places to stay close to St Govan’s but there are plenty of Campsites, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels and self catering accommodation options nearby. 

Check to see what’s available.

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