Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre

Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre
High Street
St Davids
SA62 6NW






01437 720392

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Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre

Oriel y Parc includes a Visitor Centre, Artist in Residence Studio, a Discovery Room which hosts family friendly art and nature activities, a Tower which hosts local arts exhibitions and community run classes, and a café.

There is also a Class A Landscape Gallery, which was built to house works from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and often including exhibits by Graham Sutherland which were bequeathed to the people of Wales.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery, Museum, Artist studio or collective, Library

Opening hours

March to October
Visitor Centre 9.30am to 5pm daily
Gallery 10am to 4pm daily

November to February
Visitor Centre 10am to 4.30pm daily
Gallery 10am to 4pm daily

Admission charges


Additional info

Wheelchair accessible throughout. Walker and cyclist friendly.
Great parking: stop here and explore the city on foot.

Directions: Oriel y Parc can be found on the right as you enter St Davids from Haverfordwest on the A487. Sat Nav: SA62 6NW. OS Map reference: SM 756 253. Bus routes: Puffin Shuttle 400 (summer), 404, 411, 413. National Cycle Route 4.

Facilities: Art gallery, Information Centre, parking (suitable for all vehicles including coaches), bike parking, toilets, delicious local produce café, shop specialising in local crafts, guide books and maps.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Picturing Castles

  • 26 March — 5 May 2014 *on now

Wales is often described as the ‘land of castles’ and has more castles per square mile than many other countries.

From the middle of the eighteenth century nearly all of the great British landscape artists went on painting tours through Wales, seeking inspiration from the wild, romantic beauty of its scenery. Wales’s many dramatic castles were ideal subjects. Picturing Castles presents works from this golden age of British landscape art and is selected by Dr John Kenyon, a leading authority on castles.

On display at the same time is Tim Davies’s Blue Funk II: Postcard Series (2002) – the artist’s response to the historical context of castles in Wales. Born in Solva in 1960, Davies exhibits internationally and represented Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Oriel y Parc is also thrilled to show the magnificent Tregwynt Hoard once again. Discovered at Tregwynt Manor in 1996 by Roy Lewis, it is one of the finest coin hoards ever uncovered in Wales and includes 33 gold and 467 silver coins, the latest dating from 1647/48, during the Civil War in Britain. The exhibition also includes finds from recent excavations at Carew Castle and Nevern Castle.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Artist in Residence

  • 26 March — 20 July 2014 *on now

Bob Royston studied art at Winchester School of Art, The University of Northumberland and Chelsea School of Art where he successfully completed an MA in Fine Art Painting. He has exhibited widely in Great Britain, Europe and the USA .

His work is landscape based and often incorporates both abstraction and figuration. During the residency at Oriel y Parc his work will endeavour to reflect his deep love of the natural environment and his relationship to it in both two and three dimensions as his work now encompasses painting and sculpture.

Gwen Joy Royston was born in Bangor North Wales. Since studying at Chelsea School of Art where she gained a first class BA Honours Degree and an MA in Fine Art Painting, she has exhibited widely throughout Europe and Britain, both in solo and group exhibitions - notably the John Moore’s Liverpool and the RA Summer Shows.

She says: "Certain ideas act as a starting off points, but I do not intend to paint in a literal way, nor do I feel it is necessary to back up my paintings with words - they do not tell stories and I do not use symbols. Colour, form and texture are my vocabulary just as notes are in music without lyrics" Gwen has a real love of the Welsh countryside and intends to incorporate her emotional response to the Pembrokeshire landscape and the coastal region into her abstract paintings whilst at Oriel y Parc.

For the last twenty years, Gwen and Bob have lived between London and the French / Spanish border in Northern Catalunya, the foothills of the Southern Pyrenees, where they have their studios.

Suitable for

  • Any age