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image for Historic Site item typeOxwich Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £2.50-£4.20

Oxwich Castle

Oxwich Castle

Details

Appearances can be deceptive. Oxwich Castle, towering splendidly above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay, isn’t really a castle at all.

It’s a magnificent Tudor manor house built by an ambitious father and son whose mock-military flourishes are all about social climbing rather than defence.

From the moment you walk through the imposing gateway emblazoned with the arms of Sir Rice Mansel, it’s clear this was the home of a gentry family looking to be movers and shakers in the prosperous years of the 16th century.

Sir Rice’s relatively humble south range, used as a farmhouse for about 200 years until 1954, is still intact. But his son Edward’s extravagant south range, with its two-storey hall and elegant long gallery with stupendous sea views, now lies in ruins.

Outside the courtyard are the remains of an immense dovecote with 300 nests. This was partly to provide the castle with year-round fresh meat – and partly just to show off. Remarkably Oxwich is still owned by descendants of the Mansel family.

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

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

1 April - 3 November 2019 Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm; Monday & Tuesday Closed (Except Bank Holidays when open Monday and closed on Tuesday & Wednesday).
4 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Closed.

Prices

2019 prices:
Adult - £4.20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £12.20
Seniors £3.40
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50
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)
  • 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