St Govan's Chapel is a chapel located at St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire in south west Wales.For St Govan's Chapel and beyond, use our Pembroke trip planner to get the most from your Pembroke vacation.
Built into the side of a limestone cliff, the building measures 20 by 12 feet (6.1 m × 3.7 m) with walls constructed from limestone, and consists of two chambers, one in the front and one in the back. The majority of the chapel was built in the thirteenth century, although parts of it may date back further to the sixth century when Saint Govan, a monk moved into a cave located on the site of the chapel. One legend suggests that Saint Govan is buried underneath the chapel's altar, located at the east end of the building. The entrance to the building is via. a doorway on the north side, low stone benches run along the north and south walls and an empty bell-cote is located at the west end. The slate roof is suspected to be a modern addition compared to the rest of the building.
The building is accessible from the clifftop by climbing down a set of 52 stairs, although tourist organisations propagate the legend that when counted, the number of steps differs between going down and going back up.
The building was listed with Grade I status on 2 August 1996. The chapel is within the Castlemartin Military Training Area and is sometimes inaccessible because of military activity.
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There is not much inside but the main feature is the location jammed into the bottom of a chasm in the cliffs. The cliff scenery is spectacular.
There is not much inside but the main feature is the location jammed into the bottom of a chasm in the cliffs. The cliff scenery is spectacular. more »
This was a great walk on the Pembroke coastal path. We parked at the car park and began our walk. We saw many things on the way, but came across St Govan's Chapel It has some steep steps down but...
This was a great walk on the Pembroke coastal path. We parked at the car park and began our walk. We saw many things on the way, but came across St Govan's Chapel It has some steep steps down but... more »
Awe inspiring place! Beautiful location. What an amazing place to visit. I would recommend everyone to visit this site. There’s not many places in the world as unusual as this - and it’s free! Go there - you won’t be disappointed. On a practical note - it’s best to check ahead that it’s open, as you have to drive through military land to get there. Also take must be taken at the site because the steps leading down to the chapel can be slippery. Well worth it though.
Incredibly interesting place to visit and in such a picturesque location. We arrived early and had the place to ourselves which allowed for better photographs. I can recommend you visit. We walked from St. Govan's Chapel to Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge Of Wales and back. Around 24,000 steps but worth every one.
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