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Pennard Castle, Swansea

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Pennard Castle is a ruined castle, west of the village of Pennard in the Gower Peninsula, in south Wales.HistoryThe castle was established from the 12th century, likely commissioned by Henry de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick, after being granted the Lordship of Gower. The castle is believed to have been built as a ringwork castle with wooden palisades but subsequently rebuilt in locally quarried limestone and reddish sandstone during the late 13th or early 14th century probably by de Braoses who held the castle for part of the 13th century.The castle consisted of a curtain wall surrounding a central courtyard and featured a twin towered gatehouse, a small semi-circular turret and a square tower. A singular entrance on the eastside consisting of an archway between two half-round towers with square inner sides permitted access. Despite these features there is evidence of little understanding of military architecture and amateurish execution of some of the castle's features such as ineffective arrow-slits.The castle was vulnerable to sandblow and sand dune encroachment led to its abandonment by 1400. Today only ruins of the castle remain including parts of the Norman stone hall, tower, gatehouse and curtain wall survive as ruins.
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  • One of my favourite places as I was brought up near here and visited frequently going to a Pennard school, walk across Pennard links to Carole is lovely and the view to greet you is second to none!! T...  read more »
  • We passed this ruin on our walk. There is not much to see of the castle, apart from a fine arch that has remained intact. There are however some fine views of the bay and cliffs from here. It would be...  read more »
  • Don't expect too much as it's just a ruin. Don't make a special journey but its an integral and interesting part of the walk through the area 
  • Loved the view from here. I've recently started exploring wales and this is one of the most beautiful views in South Wales for me thus far! It wasn't that much of a trek to get there, really easy walk up through lots of sand across the golf course. Hiked down to Three Cliff Bay afterwards which is the view you get from Pennard Castle, that was just lovely on a pretty summer day :)
  • 12th century castle, ruined by shifting sand and/or fairies. Park at Shepperd's in Parkmill and cross road and bridge, turn left. Best view of Three Cliffs Bay.
  • An amazing view! Such a nice place to sit and chill
  • Middle of nowhere and what a view, tide in or out its spectacular.
  • A neat little castle that overlooks three cliffs bay
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