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.
29 March - 31 October 2013
Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Adult - £3.00
Family - £9.00*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.25
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16
Prices valid until 31 March 2014View all opening times and prices »
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.