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image for Historical Event item typeOpen Doors at Oxwich Castle

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historical Event, Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017, free entry

Open Doors

Open Doors

Details

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.

Image credit - © Crown copyright (2017) Cadw, Welsh Government

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

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017 11:00 to 16:00

Prices

Free entry

Although admission to this event is free, it is a ticketed event.

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date event
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep Open Doors

Contact

Enquiries

01792 390359

Address

Oxwich,
Swansea,
SA3 1ND

Location

Directions

Plan route to Oxwich Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

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