Gower Peninsula


Castles in Gower




There are several castles scattered throughout the peninsula which in Norman times was known as the ‘Lordship of Gower’. The largest castle was the now almost totally ruined Swansea castle with other structures at Pennard, Penrice, Oxwich, Oystermouth and Weobley.

The Normans needed these castles to defend themselves from the frequent Welsh attacks. All too often the Welsh were unable to sustain their attack and any damage they managed to cause the fortifications were soon repaired.

The Gower castles we see in part today are not the original structures which were built of timber on mounds of stone and rubble. It was not until the thirteenth century that stone castles were constructed.

Weobley Castle

Oystermouth Castle

Oxwich Castle

Pennard Castle

Clyne Castle



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