Things to do
Sport & Recreation – There are numerous facilities for sport and physical activity in St. Asaph
Cycling– St Asaph has its own connection to the North Wales coastal cycle route and there are numerous quiet and picturesque country lanes to explore close to the city.
Angling– St Asaph has a specialist fishing shop, and lies on the well stocked River Elwy, with the River Clwyd close by.
Music– The city has an international music festival each September which is based in the Cathedral. There is also a thriving local music scene, with several pubs hosting live bands, jazz etc.
Walking– The Clwydian range is literally on the doorstep and has some of the best walking country in Wales, appealing to those who enjoy an invigorating challenge as well as visitors preferring a gentle stroll.
Accommodation and Dining– For those visitors wishing to stay overnight or for longer, St Asaph possesses a range of accommodation including an awarded winning 5 star guesthouse and a 4 star family run hotel. Those who prefer camping or caravanning are also well catered for. The city is fast developing an enviable reputation for ethnic dining and there are several family orientated pub/restaurants to choose from. There are also several excellent pavement tea-shops and cafes.
Exploring local history– St Asaph is home to the smallest of the ‘old’ Cathedrals in Britain, which dates from the 14th century. In 1588, a former Bishop of St Asaph, William Morgan, published his translation of the bible into Welsh. This is regarded as a major landmark in the history of the Welsh language and meant that Welsh people could read the bible in their mother tongue for the first time. A copy of Morgan’s bible may be seen in the Cathedral. Henry Morton Stanley, the Victorian explorer, lived at St Asaph Workhouse as a boy before emigrating to America. There is an obelisk which tells the life story of Stanley near to the bridge over the River Elwy in the city.
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