Sites in Swansea

Pennard Pill Three Cliffs Bay
The county of Swansea contains the city of the same name, and a hilly area (the Lliw uplands) to the north, centred on 974-foot Mynydd Garn-fach, but the majority of the area is the Gower Peninsula, probably the most scenic section of the south Wales coast, and the first location in the UK to be categorised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in 1956). The partly wooded peninsula is lined by a mix of limestone cliffs, small coves and long sandy beaches, and includes many caves, sea stacks and other rock formations. One of the most famous locations is Three Cliffs Bay, at the edge of the larger Oxwich Bay. The north edge of the peninsula borders the estuary of the River Loughor and is less pretty, however; mostly muddy and marshy.

Because of its strategic importance. the Gower Peninsula is ringed by castles - seven in all, in various states of ruin. There are no other major historic sites in the county.


Loughor Castle - small but photogenic castle remains; a tower and earthwork, on the site of a Roman fort

Oxwich Castle - ruins of a Tudor mansion on the foundations of a medieval castle

Oystermouth Castle - small 12th century castle on a ridge above Mumbles Head

Pennard Castle - fragmentary remains of a 12th century fortification on the bluffs above Three Cliffs Bay

Penrice Castle - partial, overgrown remains of a 13th century castle, inland from Oxwich Bay

Swansea Castle - limited city centre ruins, surrounded on all sides by modern buildings

Weobley Castle - substantial remains of a 14th century fortified mansion


Three Cliffs Bay - large, sandy inlet on the Gower Peninsula, bordered by dramatic cliffs