Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay: Hours, Address, Rhossili Bay Reviews: 5/5

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Rhossili Bay lies at the western end of the beautiful Gower peninsula. 3 miles of golden sands, iconic landscapes including Worms Head and Rhossili Down and history everywhere- from neolithic through to the more recent, including home to Edgar Evans. Its a walker's dream with routes in all directions, including the Welsh coastal path. The beach is dog friendly all year round and the whole area is beautiful whatever the weather. Today, the National Trust cares for 2 of the 3 miles of the beach, Rhossili Down, and most of the coastline between Rhossili and Port Eynon. (26 miles of Gower coastline in total). The landscape is free. The village of Rhossili also contains other private businesses. The car park is free to NT members during the day. Non members are currently charged £5 per day (car). There is no overnight parking/camping. All profits from the car park go towards keeping the area beautiful. Please note that the toilets are owned and operated by Swansea Council.
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Very good

Owen B
Rochester, UK9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wonderful walks, glorious scenery; in fact everything we’ve come to expect from the National Trust!
Except . . . Why are women and girls expected to queue ten, sometimes twenty, times as long for the toilets as ‘gentlemen’? For heaven’s sake cannot something be done? Can we not make the toilets a mixed area of urinals for men and a large block of female only and unisex cubicles? It’s an embarrassment at present, as a man, to have to walk past a long queue of women and children, and stroll straight into the ‘gents’ and have my choice of cubicles, never mind urinals! It is grossly unfair and MUST be addressed.
I am a life member of the NT and love it dearly, but I am disappointed at how this is being managed. How can you possibly charge a family a large sum at the gate and then expect a specific contingent to wait half an hour and more before they can start to enjoy the experience they’ve bought into? It also puts added pressure on the cafés nearby, as people get discouraged and look elsewhere!
I love my National Trust, but I blush for its ineptitude in resolving a long-standing problem! There need to be ‘female-only’ loos, yes there do, but mens are lavishly catered for - there has to be a solution that sees a small area for urinals and an expanded area for ‘mixed’, lockable cubicles.
We love the Gower and we love Rhossili, but we would like to see a little bit of change down there on the toilet block!
Written August 18, 2021
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Linda M
Guilsborough, UK425 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We started off parking in National Trust car park. It was £5 all day but money is all spent on the bay upkeep (it was £3 for up to 2 hours). We headed left out of the car park and walked to Worm’s Head outcrop. They were amazing views and a great experience. We had a fantastic walk just following the coast path around to the left and then at Fall Bay followed the footpath back to the village. We stopped at The Causeway, a great dog friendly cafe for a panini, chips and hot chocolate and then crossed over and followed the path down to the beach. We saw the old wreck from 1800s and the dogs loved the space. Beach was lovely and clean. We had a good stretch up and turned back before it got too dark and then back to the car and our home for the week in Llanmadoc, 20 mins away. Three Cliffs Bay tomorrow 😉. Try Rhossii, I’m sure you’ll love it too. We missed the seals and porpoise but enjoyed red kite, buzzard and sparrow hawk. Give me a helpful vote if you think it was 👍🏻
Written January 5, 2020
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Sarah Shaw
7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This was a 2 day stop off on our way to a family holiday in Tenby. Our first visit to the Gower Peninsula and WOW, it didn’t disappoint. We were lucky to visit Rhossili for sunset, to see the beautiful sunflowers (not quite in full blown) with the amazing Worms Head backdrop, and picnic on the beach. As a National Trust member parking was free and it was relatively quiet. Will definitely be going back!
Written August 5, 2020
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Nick H
Caldicot, UK3 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
£5 to park at Hillend campsite car park, which seemed a bit fruity given toilets were closed. 5 min walk from car park through the dunes to a very disappointing beach.

Lots of people have told me how amazing and beautiful Rhossili Bay is, but I just didn’t get it. Negatives for me are:
1. stones at top of beach and scattered throughout soft sand, which I REALLY hate because they hurt your feet
2. quite a lot of litter on beach and at waters edge - hardly surprising because there are no waste bins. We took our litter home. Whoever owns or manages the beach clearly doesn’t clean or comb it to remove rubbish. They need to provide bins as a minimum.
3. lots of seaweed to contend with on entering water which put kids off. The dried up bits on the beach stunk a bit in the sun.
4. no amenities (toilets closed) and cafe a long walk from beach. I’d have expected at least a beach side cafe or ice cream shop set into the dunes at the back of the beach. There wasn’t even a mobile ice cream stall on the beach to get a drink etc.
5. Difficult to get there due to minor roads once off the motorway.

In short, not worth the effort. It could be so much better and 5 star with a bit of investment, some small scale development and beach management.

What annoyed me is that I travelled from the east and so drove past both Rest Bay and Sker Beach in Porthcawl at least 1hr before I arrived at Rhossili Bay. Both Porthcawl beaches are clean and tidy isolated beaches with limited amenities much like Rhossili Bay. Sker has dunes like Rhossili if that’s what floats your boat.

What further annoyed me was that I could’ve reached an array of nicer beaches in west Wales in a very similar drive time - Tenby, Freshwater East or West, Manorbier, Saundersfoot or the gem that is Barafundle Bay, if isolation with no amenities is what you’re after. I just found every aspect of our visit disappointing and a let down because of all the hype and awards.

Hugely overrated in my opinion. I don’t think I’ll go back. I’ll either stop short in Porthcawl or head to a beach in west Wales.
Written July 19, 2020
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Stephen M
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We visited Rhossili primarily to visit the sunflowers. We had seen this being advertised on BBC Wales news.
It was a lovely day with fantastic views over Rhossili beach/bay. There was plenty of car parking and the view out to Worms Head was fantastic.
But that’s where the positives end. The sunflowers were SO underwhelming. Most were little over knee high and many were on their last legs and they charged £2 per person to enter a field to view this very disappointing site. What a rip off. In the middle was a large arch which was there as a photo opportunity but the arch was made from plastic flowers.
We wandered around the field for 15 minutes feeling deflated. We were going to go to the toilet before we left but the queues at the toilet were incredibly long.
Worst day we had on our holiday and the roads from the Mumbles were very narrow in places and made a 12 mile journey seem very long - over 45 minutes.
If you go for the beach or to walk to Worms Head then I am sure you will have a fantastic time but if you go for the sunflowers you will be very disappointed!
Written August 25, 2021
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wales21 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
This is our third year to see the splendid sight of fields and fields of Sunflowers! The flowers themselves were again stunning, though we didn’t get the timing quite right ...another week and they will be fully in bloom. Still much to see today but most are still in bud.
Major disappointment though, The National Trust not involved this year. A local farmer who normally runs the Gower PYO Christmas trees overseeing..and this year you could PYO sunflowers. Not sure I like that!
Very badly organised though when it came to social distancing and public health and safety. Normally you can wander freely from field to field but this year, of all years, they had everyone herded into one field through a single gate. This meant everyone bottle necked at the entrance...no one way system so everyone entering and leaving at the same point. (No way out at the bottom of the field to head down to Worms Head as the gates were locked)
On top of that also at the entrance there was a stand where they were taking money for the PYO flowers, right next to a food stand and portaloo so everyone lining up ordering and waiting for food. Add a sunflower arch where everyone wanted to take their family selfies, and no one really sure which way to go made 2M distance a nightmare and virtually impossible!
Well done guys! Not.
I got the feeling it was this year, more of a money grabbing opportunity and public safety not really regarded
Written August 2, 2020
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Bolton, UK59 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Came to Rhossilli bay to go in the sea body boarding. We were amazed by the sight of such a massive stretch of sand bordered by rolling hills and cliff face.

Getting to the sand was a long walk down, which was a little precarious in places, and an even longer hike back up; however the worms heads hotel sits just at the top of the hill offering much needed refreshments.

The beach itself was very clean, other than the usual high tide debris and the sand was very soft.

When the tide goes out, it goes out! We found a spot on the sand to set up, it’s not that there was difficulty finding a spot, more that I needed a spot I could easily identify again when exiting the water! So we opted for a small collection of stumps... and I wandered off in to the distance to find the sea.

You do need to be mindful of rip tides on this beach, and there were no lifeguards on duty when we went.

Once out of the water we explored some of the many caves and couple of ship wrecks including the Helvetica.

Parking is excellent with a very large car park owned and run by the National Trust; we were in our motorhome and paid £8 to park all day. There are open toilet facility the car park as well as the National Trust shop before heading out for a walk to Worms Head.
Written May 16, 2021
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Loughborough, UK1,014 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a really beautiful bay. So of course it is busy. But the national trust car park has plenty of overflow fields which help out on busy days. There is a busy part to the bay but, if you don’t have to carry a surf board, then I recommend making the effort to walk a little further out and have huge areas of sand to yourself.
Written September 2, 2021
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Chipping Norton44 contributions
Aug 2021
My family have been coming here for over 40 years. We love it. We welcomed the NT taking over the car park a few years ago, however visitors should note that there are only 4 female toilets and while, out of season that is usually sufficient last week, on successive days, the queue was 30-40 minutes long There were three fields full of cars - hundreds I don't know how many - and NT needs to provide porta loos at this busy time. I'll be lobbying them perhaps others could do the same.
Written August 29, 2021
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Warwick, UK2,305 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
I’ve travelled all over the world but due to Covid that’s not safe at the moment so looked for somewhere in the UK. This bay is stunning and on the day we visited it was warm and sunny making it a delight to walk around. The walk is suitable for all if your not mobile then you can just do part of it. There are strategically placed benches with beautiful views. We didn’t want to leave it was so beautiful holds up well against beaches in New Zealand and Oahu.

I would recommend arriving early as the car park fills up quickly, we got there about 10.15 and it was almost full. There are toilets in the car park and 2-3 places for a drink or lunch.
Written September 12, 2020
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