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“A lovely ruin to visit in the summer”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Oystermouth Castle

Oystermouth Castle
Ranked #12 of 120 things to do in Swansea
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Owner description: 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.
Swansea, United Kingdom
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“A lovely ruin to visit in the summer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

My experience of visiting this Castle is that it is a ruin and pleasant to walk around with great views over Swansea Bay. My low marking is that you need to have good weather and be prepared to walk up hill not really suitable if you are in a wheel chair or not able to walk very well.

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leiafee, Steward at Oystermouth Castle, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
We're hoping the new path with the longer but shallower gradient will make it more accesible to wheelchairs and pushchairs - would be inteerested in hearing from anyone who's given it a go.
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“Historic Castle within Mumbles Village.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Brought up in Mumbles. Wewere told that there was a whipping post inside the castle.Presently, the castle has been open for the public to visit and has had extensive renovations carried out. The viewpoint from the castle grounds is superb, with views over both The Mumbles and Swansea Bay. Fairly accessible for most people, it has grass fields and seating for picnics yet is within the heart of Mumbles with restaurants etc all nearby and a chippy.Parking behind the castle in a one way system if you are stuck! Historic seat of The Norman Lords.

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“A Proper Castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

This ancient keep is a real treasure. Recently restored and with a new visitor's center added, it is a great day out for anyone of a romantic bent.. Beautiful grounds, great spot for a picnic and dog-friendly. Sea views and tress, I love this place!

Visited December 2012
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“Much improved”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

They have recently spent a lot of money on the castle which makes it more attractive a visit. They hold regular events in the grounds which are popular and provide a greta setting

Visited October 2012
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“Great castle - worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Went there fore the re-opening earlier this year to see the new renovation to the castle and was very pleased I did. It was raining, but there was a good turn out of people. The glass walkway in the old Chapel is fascinating.

I often take the dog for walks around the grounds during the winter when the castle is shut, its beautiful.

Visited August 2012
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