Evidence of the Norman invasion of Wales and their influence on Gower can be seen in the many castles that they built in the peninsula. Oxwich, Oystermouth , Weobley and Penrice are well preserved but the others, at Swansea, Penard, Penmaen, Landimore, Scurlage and Llougher (Built on the site of the Roman fort) are in poor condition and some are completely overgrown.
Gower peninsula castles include Oxwich, Weobley and Swansea castle are managed by CADW while Oystermouth Castle is managed by the City of Swansea. All are open to the public and links that give directions, opening times and entry charges are given below.
Penrice castle is privately owned and is not open to the public
Just 1.5 miles from Hill House along the coastal footpath Weobley castle is one of the few surviving fortified manor houses in Wales
Oxwich is a grand Tudor house, built in courtyard style, on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay.
The ruins of Swansea castle are on the edge of Castle Square in the center of Swansea shopping district. The castle can only be viewed from the outside.
Built on a hill at the center of Oystermouth village this castle has a commanding view over Swansea bay and the Mumbles,
The ruins of Pennard Castle are situated on the hill overlooking the valley leading down to Three Cliffs bay and is freely accessible to one and all. The castle dates to the 12th century but ruin probably dates to the 13th and 14th century when the castle was rebuilt. It seems to have been located in a perfect defensive position but by the end of the 14th century it was abandoned due to the encroaching sand.
Landimore castle is thought to have been built during the 15th century. Its ruins are overgrown and located on private property, not accessible to the general public, at Bovehill Farm, Landimore.