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Oystermouth Castle

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Address: Castle Avenue off Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA, Wales
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On a forty foot high limestone ridge overlooking the pretty village of...

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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Great little castle

We really enjoyed visiting this castle, Not easy to park, but if you don't mind parking and walking to the castle it can be a pleasant visit, Lots of rooms and corridors to... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2017
Cannock, United Kingdom
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed visiting this castle, Not easy to park, but if you don't mind parking and walking to the castle it can be a pleasant visit, Lots of rooms and corridors to explore, our kids loved hiding from us. Lovely little castle.

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

After driving around in circles to park finally got here. With at least 600 castles in Wales this one has undergone some restoration including a 30ft high glass bridge.

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Reviewed October 14, 2016

We both went with a 6 year old and all enjoyed ourselves for the couple of hours we were there. Plenty of info to take in as well as being fascinated by the castle itself and its history. There were plenty of signs of works in progress to renovate various areas which is always encouraging to see that monies are... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed October 11, 2016

Love to go through history, they are restoring the castle, took walking tour around the castle, very informative.

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Reviewed October 9, 2016

Looked to be a fairly small castle from the outside, but actually had quite a lot going on. Ramparts were all still in pretty good condition so able to walk around quite a lot of it Staff not the most friendly, but pleasant enough. No cafe. Parking in bays outside the park

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Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Went here with my husband & 2.5 yo daughter. Very helpful and informative staff who are knowledgeable about the castle history. Tour guide leaflet gives information about the different parts of the castle as you walk around. Stunning views. Some steep steps in part. Definitely worth a visit.

2 Thank Emily C
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 21, 2016

Nestled in the heart of Mumbles is Oystermouth castle.Having been refurbished by the national trust it has a visitors centre and is an enjoyable sight to see .Play football or picnic in the grounds

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Reviewed September 20, 2016

With the assistance of a Knowledgeable Volunteer guide & a good translator from our Twinning Association we & our visitors enjoyed a tour of the Castle. It has had work carried out to stabilise the walls etc & covered areas & displays to enhance the experience. Very interesting & enjoyable.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

This is the best castle I have visited for a while, really enjoyed it and the view of the bay from the chapel is simply stunning.

2 Thank Sue B
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

One of the most interesting castles I've ever visited and the views from the battlements were simply spectacular. Massive thanks to the two volunteers who were there that day, Steven and Ken, for both enhanced the experience with their knowledge of archaeological finds in the local area and castle history. Only a small fee on entry and well worth the... More 

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