Top 5 Activities in Gower
Here we list our top 5 activities to keep you busy in Gower
If our top 5 adventures in Gower are too extreme or simply don’t appeal to you then perhaps these activities will be more suitable. Gower is a destination of beauty and tranquillity however there are also a great number of pastimes to enjoy within the beautiful setting:
Swansea is just a few Bays over from Oxwich and their Marina is certainly worth the trip. With heaps of maritime atmosphere amongst the bars, venues, restaurants and a museum. Swansea Marina is easily accessible by walking the Gower costal path, catching a bus or parking is available. The marina is great to visit both during the day and lit-up at night.
According to Explore Gower, the earliest forms of castles on the Gower Peninsula were 6th century BC built from earth and timber. These structures were easily overcome and few were rebuilt with masonry. However, Gower is still home to the following castles that are very worth seeing:
Oxwich Castle; actually a fortified Tudor man house this mansion was constructed in the first half of the 16th century. With an interesting history of plundering, death and farming tenants, Oxwich castle has an interesting history here on the Oxwich Bay.
Oystermouth Castle; these ruins date from the late 13th century and represent the best preserved castle remains on the Gower peninsula. After significant conservation in 2010, Oystermouth castle has better accessibility and new hidden features such as 14th century graffiti and vault staircases have been discovered.
Weobley Castle; atop a hill that overlooks the Burry Estuary, Weobley castle is another fortified manor house from the early 14th century. Open to the public, this manor house hosts exhibitions on the history of itself and the local peninsula.
Gower Heritage centre
A rural life museum based around a working 12th century Watermill, this heritage centre has craft shops and activities, old fashioned games arcade, soft play area, an animal farm and Wales’ smallest cinema. It’s also worth checking their event calendar for activities such as ukulele concerts, medieval re-enactments, Blacksmith demonstrations and pirate weeks.
The coastal walks/Beaches
Here at The Oxwich Bay we’re fortunate to be based on the coast at Oxwich Bay overlooking the Three Cliffs Bay. These two close-proximity bays are part of the 38-mile Gower coastal path; a beautiful walk that is recommended to be split over at least 2 days.
Gower is also home to many local produce markets with crafts, art and food, here is a list of the markets local to the Gower peninsula:
- Gorseinon Food and Craft Fayre, Canolfan centre, Millers drive (2nd Saturday each month, 9:30am – 1pm)
- Gowerton, The rechabite community half, Church St. (1st Sunday each month, 10am – 1pm)
- Llangennith, Llangennith Village Hall (Last Saturday each month, 9:30am – 1pm)
- Mumbles, The Dairy Car Park, Oystermouth square, Oystermouth (2nd Saturday each month, 9am – 1pm)
- Oystermouth Country Market, Victoria Hall, Dunns lane, Oystermouth (Every Thursday, 10am-11:30am)
- Penclawdd, community centre, Penclawdd (3rd Saturday each month, 9:30am – 12:30pm)
- Pennard, Pennard Community hall (2nd Sunday each month 9:30am – 12:30pm)
- Sketty, Bishop Gore School canteen, De La Beche road (1st Saturday each month, (9:30am – 12:30pm)
- Swansea Community Farm, Pontarddulais road, Fforestfach (Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm)
- Swansea Indoor Market, Oxford street, Swansea (6 days a week, 8am – 5:30pm)
Images sourced: 1."Gareth Lovering Photog",2."Andrew Rees,3."Geogtaph" 4.Oxwich Bay5. "Allan Lee"
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