The Gower peninsula is ideal for the classic British beach holiday as it provides a wide variety of beaches, bays and coves in a relatively short coastline.
These are located along the east, south and west coastline and all are within a short drive from Hill House.
Distances and driving times are provided in the interactive map at the top of this page.
During the spring and summer, some of the popular beaches have lifeguard patrols and dog walking restrictions.
The area is very popular with surfers and there are a number of surfing schools catering to all age groups and abilities. See our Gower Surfing Schools page for information on the various schools that operate on the peninsula coastline.
In addition, to help you get the most out of your holiday we have produced a smartphone App that gives you detailed information on all of Gower’s bays, beaches and coves. It is free to download and use and available for Android or iPhone as shown opposite.
History of the Gower Peninsula
The Gower peninsula is known to have been inhabited since at least the Upper Paleolithic period. There are 83 scheduled ancient monuments and sites representing most periods in history since that time. These include stone, bronze and iron age sites, medieval castles, eighteenth-century parkland, and industrial monuments. It has been described as an ‘unrivalled microcosm of Wales’s historic wealth.
In 1823 Rev. William Buckland discovered a fairly complete Upper Paleolithic-era human male skeleton in Goat’s hole cave. This is one of the Paviland Caves located between Port Eynon and Mewslade. The find was named the Red Lady of Paviland because the fossilized bones are dyed in red ochre. Later investigators determined that the skeleton was actually a male. This was the first human fossil to have been found anywhere in the world. To date, it is still the oldest ceremonial burial to be discovered anywhere in Western Europe. The most recent re-calibrated radiocarbon dating in 2009 indicates that the skeleton can be dated to around 33,000 Before Present (BP).
At the time of the burial, the cave was probably more than 100km from the sea. The passage of geological time has made the cave a decidedly more scenic final resting place.
In the 1950s, archaeologists excavating a protected site on the peninsula found 300-400 pieces of flint related to tool making. The artefacts were dated to between 12,000-14,000 BC. A rock drawing of a red deer was also found in the same location in 2010. This was dated to the same period and is thought to be the oldest cave art found in Great Britain.