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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  • August 20, 2017
    This is tiny castle you have to walk to but get to explore, play hide and seek and have a picnic enjoying the view. To get back down to the footpath you have to walk down a sandy slope, although runni...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    You have to walk to get to the castle as there is no access by road, but it's definitely worth it. There is not that much left of the castle as due to its location, shifting sands and weather erosion ...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    A delightful piece of history at a dramatic location, perched on the hill overlooking the stream at Three Cliffs Bay Interesting view, several walls intact and partial rooms. No history on site, just ...  more »
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  • If viewed during the right conditions the views over the bay can be fantastic from Pennard Castle, which itself is an interesting ruin particularly given its location on the sand dunes of the edge of the golf club. Walking up from the stream side (west) is quite good fun up the sandy slopes. Pennard Castle is a lovely little castle that highlights nature's ability to reclaim what man has built.
  • Great views over Three Cliffs Bay and picturesque castle ruins, but please keep in mind that there are no services in the vicinity.
  • Ruins of Pennard Castle, with lovely views of Three Cliffs beach. Perfect dog walking area and a nice place to sit and enjoy the view.
  • Worth the walk up to. Small but a great view out to the bay
  • Not much left of it but walk on sandy path is nice and view from the top on pebble beach is lovely. There are few benches to sit down.

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