Gower - Castles

Oystermouth Castle Back to map

The castle is situated in a prominent position overlooking Oystermouth, Mumbles and Swansea Bay. Originally built around 1100 AD, it has suffered various destructive events from invasions. Most of what is visible today was rebuilt after an attack in 1287. It was home for a number of the lords of Gower during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The chapel block has some fine tracery windows which have been regarded by some as amongst the best in Wales. During the summer, open air plays are performed below the castle walls.

Pennard Castle Back to map

Pennard Castle, probably dating from the thirteenth century, is one of the most impressive locations of all the Gower castles especially when viewed from the valley to the north. The curtain wall on this side is almost intact while on the windward side the structure has suffered serious erosion. From excavation work in the last century the layout of the castle seems to follow a traditional style with a large hall and stone hearth. There are great views here down the valley towards Three Cliffs and across Oxwich Bay.

Oxwich Castle Back to map

Dating originally from the fourteenth century, this very large mansion house was probably rebuilt in the early part of the sixteenth century by Sir Rice Mansel. There is an impressive crested gateway which leads into the courtyard. It must have been a fine multi-storey castle with elegant staircase and an unusually long gallery. Much of the main structure stands intact to the present time.

Weobley Castle Back to map

Originating around the thirteenth century, Weobley castle overlooks the Burry Estuary and is probably the most recently inhabited castle in Gower. With a less resilient structure it was likely a fortified manor house but commanded a good strategic location high above the salt marshes. Many structural changes have taken place over the years. In the eighteenth century the hall block was converted into a farmhouse and is still occupied today.