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Oystermouth Castle

Castle Avenue off Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA, Wales
+44 1792 361302
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Great wander around

Took a vistor to Wales, the dog, and watched the video. We were lucky enough that it wasn't too... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Steph D
Wales, United Kingdom
Historic ruins, unfortunately locked on a weekend

As an Australian visitor first time to Wales seeing such history cannot be taken for granted. It is... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
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On a forty foot high limestone ridge overlooking the pretty village of Mumbles Oystermouth Castle is a spectacular location. The earliest building remains at Oystermouth Castle, the keep in the central block, date from the early 12th century.Used as the residence of the Marcher Lords of Gower it was frequently under attack from the local Welsh. In the twelfth century the castle was mainly owned by the first Earl of Warwick and his family. In 1203 the lordship of Gower was given to the de Breos family who ruled until the 1320s when it passed into the hands of the de Mowbray’s via Alina de Breos who married John de Mowbray. The de Mowbrays lost Gower to the Beauchamps for some time due to a legal decision and in 1461 it passed to the Herberts, the Somersets and then to the Dukes of Beaufort who held it until 1927 when it was transferred to Swansea Corporation. Currently it is the responsibility of the Swansea City Council and supervised by the Friends of Oystermouth Castle.
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Castle Avenue off Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA, Wales
+44 1792 361302
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Took a vistor to Wales, the dog, and watched the video. We were lucky enough that it wasn't too busy and the volunteer took us around and gave us a bit more history. So many places to poke around! Great views from the wall!

Thank Steph D
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

As an Australian visitor first time to Wales seeing such history cannot be taken for granted. It is possible to walk fully around the castle walls and peak through the locked gates. However, it was disappointing to find on a weekend that it was closed....More

Thank ascheef
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Norman castle that has been renovated so you can go in and have a good look around, great views on a nice day of Swansea bay. They hold special educational days for children in the holidays.

Thank topcat298658
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Family trip to mumbles, didn't know there was a castle so this was a happy surprise. Is well maintained and some great low ceiling corridors and hidey holes for some fun with littler kids. £3 for adults is good value and a worthy cause so...More

Thank simmchr
Reviewed 19 September 2017

What a lovely little castle. Very helpful and polite staff. Dog friendly which is great. Plenty of parking along the waterfront or a small car park opposite the castle which is half the price.

Thank Suzy S
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

From the outside this 'ruin' looks a little uninspiring to be honest but we were met by the friendliest staff (all volunteers) who clearly really care about the castle. Their passion was infectious. No, there's not a huge amount to see, it's a skeleton of...More

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The castle was a good experience, plus it has been very well restored and looked after! Each room from the ground had quite good access, plus had very good information in each of the rooms.

Thank Bethan W
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Visited along with my close friend from Winchester since we both loved exploring when we both lived there. It was great fun to see and explore. I'd definitely recommend starting through the door to your left once you've paid for your ticket as there's a...More

Thank Carly251016
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Revisit after 70 years with son and 2 young grandchildren (6 &8).Castle well organised for visitors, excellent video initially and plenty to see that also interested the children . Very good info in each area/room. Wonderful views of Mumbles and Swansea Bay from the ramparts....More

1  Thank Reesjohn
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I'm scared of dogs, and so is one of my daughters. I understand that not everybody is, and that lots of people love their dogs as much as I love my cats, and love to take their dogs everywhere with them (which I can't do...More

Thank Emma_fom_Ruislip
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Questions & Answers
21 June 2017|
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Response from leiafee | Property representative |
Hiya, Yes, dogs on leads are welcome. There are dogwaste bins in the main external grounds.
Emma W
26 August 2016|
Response from Podder17 | Reviewed this property |
Access to the castle is via a made pathway that is rather steep just before you reach the entrance but there are no steps. However once you reach the entrance the is a short rather steep section to enter the castle and then... More
26 August 2016|
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Response from leiafee | Property representative |
Dogs are welcome in the castle on leads. Please be mindful of the need to poop scoop :-)