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image for Historic Site item typeOxwich Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £2.40-£4

Oxwich Castle

Oxwich Castle

Details

Oxwich is a grand Tudor house, built in courtyard style. Gower is a marvel. Heritage buffs and beach bums alike love this beautiful peninsula. In years gone by, the wealthy built wherever the view suited. The Mansel family chose a lovely spot on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay to build their dream home. Proper ‘des res’ — although not a proper castle — equipped with the latest luxuries, including inside toilets.

Built in courtyard style, Sir Rice gave his manor a mock-military gateway complete with the family’s coat of arms proudly cut in stone. His son Edward went on to create the much grander multi-storeyed range. An elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan feature – was added, positioned high up, taking full advantage of the panoramic sea views.

The Mansels were a showy lot who liked to keep up with the latest building techniques and fashions. The family, however, moved out after only a few decades. With the grandiose Margam Abbey and Old Beaupre Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan also in their possession, the family was probably spoilt for choice.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

1 April - 4 November 2018 Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm; Monday & Tuesday Closed (Except Bank Holidays when open Monday and closed on Tuesday & Wednesday).
5 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Closed
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Prices

2018 prices:
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Oxwich,
Swansea,
SA3 1ND

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SS 497862  Lat: 51.55475 Long: -4.16817

A4118, 11 miles south west of Swansea (in Oxwich village).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 14 miles from Swansea station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired