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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Swansea Castle

Swansea Castle

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Can be viewed externally

Though what little remains of Swansea Castle is now hemmed in by the modern-day city centre, this was once a fortress of great strategic importance. Nowadays, it’s difficult to envisage its original location on a clifftop above where the River Tawe used to flow, controlling a harbour and important east–west route along southern Wales. Though there has been a castle here since at least the early 12th century, the remains that stand today date from the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The most striking feature is the distinctive arcaded parapet on the south block, remarkably similar that of the bishops’ palaces at St Davids and Lamphey.

Local lad Dylan Thomas worked as a young reporter at newspaper offices (now demolished) on the castle site.

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Can be viewed externally.


Free entry






Plan route to Swansea Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 657930  Lat: 51.62023 Long: -3.94130

Swansea city centre - Castle Bailey Street. Multi-storey car park 200 metres away, some on street parking near castle

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Swansea station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed