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.
Current times and prices
1 April - 31 October 2014
The castle will be open on Monday 25 August, but will be closed on Wednesday 27 August.
Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Monday and Tuesday - Closed
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
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Facilities and information
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- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs on leads welcome
- No smoking
Postcode SA3 1ND
Road Road A4118, 17.6km/11mls South West of Swansea (in Oxwich village)
Rail 17km/11mls Swansea, on the Cardiff-Swansea route.
Bus 45m/50yards, route No 117/118, Swansea-Horton/Rhossili.
Bike NCN Route No.4 (15km/9mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.