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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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  • Not much of the castle remains but the views from there are stunning. The castle is easily accessed from the village of Parkmill, and makes a great stopping point as part of a walk on Three Cliffs Bay...  more »
  • For some reason I am drawn to Pennard Castle every time we are in the Gower, there is a magical feeling about it and the views down across the bay are breathtaking, easy access across the common and g...  more »
  • It has history, mystery and stunning views....what more do you need from the top of 3 cliffs bay. It has walks and a nearby golf course. The sand that sent over by Irish leprechauns after a mistaken i...  more »
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  • 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 :)
  • Not much left of the castle but the way it sits on the hill and the view behind make it a beaultful place to visit.
  • A neat little castle that overlooks three cliffs bay
  • An amazing view! Such a nice place to sit and chill
  • Free to the public with Great sea views