Oxwich is a grand Tudor house, built in courtyard style.
Gower is a marvel. Heritage buffs and beach bums alike love this beautiful peninsula. In years gone by, the wealthy built wherever the view suited. The Mansel family chose a lovely spot on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay to build their dream home.
Proper ‘des res’ — although not a proper castle — equipped with the latest luxuries, including inside toilets.
Built in courtyard style, Sir Rice gave his manor a mock-military gateway complete with the family’s coat of arms proudly cut in stone. His son Edward went on to create the much grander multi-storeyed range. An elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan feature – was added, positioned high up, taking full advantage of the panoramic sea views.
The Mansels were a showy lot who liked to keep up with the latest building techniques and fashions. The family, however, moved out after only a few decades. With the grandiose Margam Abbey and Old Beaupre Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan also in their possession, the family was probably spoilt for choice.
23 March - 31 October 2016
Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Monday and Tuesday - Closed
Except Bank Holidays when Oxwich Castle will be open Monday and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult - £3.50
Family - £9.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.50
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid until March 2017
Facilities and information
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- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs on leads welcome
- No smoking
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
Postcode SA3 1ND
Road Road A4118, 17.6km/11mls South West of Swansea (in Oxwich village)
Rail 17km/11mls Swansea, on the Cardiff-Swansea route.
Bus 45m/50yards, route No 117/118, Swansea-Horton/Rhossili.
Bike NCN Route No.4 (15km/9mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.