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Oystermouth Castle

Castle Avenue off Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA, Wales
+44 1792 361302
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Historical visit

A very well renovated castle. Very interesting history and informative information boards. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
andrew n
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Still standing.

This is a good quality castle, that has been preserved well, with decent access and good vieaws... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gaynor S
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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“swansea bay” (28 reviews)
“stone walls” (3 reviews)
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Castle Avenue off Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA, Wales
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+44 1792 361302
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A very well renovated castle. Very interesting history and informative information boards. The venue occasionally holds events such as re enactments and shakespeare plays in the grounds. Very reasonable fees to to enter. A fine place for a family visit.

Thank andrew n
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a good quality castle, that has been preserved well, with decent access and good vieaws over Mumbles bay from the top.

Thank Gaynor S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our visit to Oystermouth with great views of all the surrounding area. Staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Such a nice piece of history right in town!

Thank 55Macs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Oystermouth Castle when we were last in The Mumbles.We had seen it from the promenade many times but never visited it.The surrounding area is well kept with some benches and plenty of room for picnics.A lot of people were enjoying the weather and...More

Thank willtravel6062
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed exploring this castle. It was very dog and baby friendly. The staff were welcoming and the views were stunning.

Thank beth20142014
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Easy to get to by bus from Swansea bus station. The modest entrance charge and fabulous location make this attraction a worthwhile stopover if you're in the area. The castle reception staff were friendly. Good views from the ramparts.

Thank FrancisofAssisi
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Our family enjoyed our visit to this lovely castle. It has been updated in a manner that retains its character. It is evident that the local and regional governments have heavily invested in maintaining this historical gem. The educational videos in the room next to...More

1  Thank busdepollo
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The funny thing about this castle is that it seems under visited when it is probably the best thing to see in the Mumbles and very good value for money. The council having taken over the running of the castle are doing as good job...More

Thank 16Nathan
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This castle is well worth visiting on a warm day in the mumbles area of Swansea The views from this castle are of the sea in the distance and peoples residencial properties tiered up facing the sea to It is hidden away a bit in...More

Thank hols256
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Beautiful castle, well worth a visit. Great event days, with people in traditional costumes and fun for kidsale.

Thank penndav09
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ELWilko1
20 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.
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Emma W
25 August 2016|
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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
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thetouchstone31
25 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 :-)
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