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Review of Oystermouth Castle

Oystermouth Castle
Ranked #14 of 126 things to do in Swansea
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

There is a small fee to enter but it's minimal a pound or two,there are lovely views over Mumbles and Swansea from the parapets that are walkable,to be honest there is not much there but it is a nice example and the guides there are very chatty and helpful.
There is a small museum-y type area and a video explaining the history of the castle,wear proper shoes(sensible as your Mom would say) and enjoy an hour or two in tranquil surroundings.
It's only a short uphill walk from Mumbles but probably unsuitable for anyone that has difficulty walking on uneven surfaces.
Enjoy

Thank mikeee321
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Entrance charge was £6 for a family of four. Guide book was an extra £1. First we watched a video which described he history of the castle and the recent restoration project. The we were free to explore. The castle itself is a real gem, and a fine example of Welsh history. The views of the coast, particularly from the upper floors, were breathtaking. Very well worth a visit, if you're in the area.

1  Thank Beverley B
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

A very good and pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. The views over Swansea Bay are superb. The grounds and woods surrounding the castle are ideal for a stroll after viewing the ruined castle.

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This castle is run by volunteers, they were friendly and helpful. The views across Swansea Bay were spectacular. The experience would be improved is there were more boards explaining the ruins. Having said that I though it was good value at £6 for a family ticket. The castle is set in parkland with plenty of room for picnics and children to tun around. Toilets in the grounds, and plenty of eating places nearby.

1  Thank Rosemarie J
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Took the kids as they had a dungeons and dragons day. It was a pity it turned out to be a very rainy day as there were story tellers and dragon parade planned and some events couldn't take place. Kids enjoyed the running around and exploring the castle despite this!

Thank S N
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