fbpx
Make Swansea Bay your Happy Place in 2021!
Watch Now
Page menu
Get in touch
Save to holiday guide

Oxwich Castle

Due to Coronavirus and the well-being of our visitors Oxwich Castle will be closed to the public until further notice. Please check the Cadw website for further updates.

Call us

01792 390359

Official partner

Official partner

Oxwich Castle

A castle in name only but hugely impressive

Appearances can be deceptive. Oxwich Castle, towering splendidly above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay, isn’t really a castle at all.

It’s a magnificent Tudor manor house built by an ambitious father and son whose mock-military flourishes are all about social climbing rather than defence.

From the moment you walk through the imposing gateway emblazoned with the arms of Sir Rice Mansel, it’s clear this was the home of a gentry family looking to be movers and shakers in the prosperous years of the 16th century.

Sir Rice’s relatively humble south range, used as a farmhouse for about 200 years until 1954, is still intact. But his son Edward’s extravagant south range, with its two-storey hall and elegant long gallery with stupendous sea views, now lies in ruins.

Outside the courtyard are the remains of an immense dovecote with 300 nests. This was partly to provide the castle with year-round fresh meat – and partly just to show off. Remarkably Oxwich is still owned by descendants of the Mansel family.

Facilities

Opening times

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Opening days

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Contact

Postal address

Oxwich Castle,
Oxwich

SA3 1ND

cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/oxwich-castle

Email

OxwichCastle@gov.wales

Call us

01792 390359

Accessibility