Most of the peninsula is in the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers 188 km. Beaches on the Gower include Rhossili Bay on the west coast, a superb beach owned by the National Trust with excellent bathing, once voted the best beach in the UK, it has received accolade upon accolade, winning best beach in Europe and being in the top 10 beaches in the world! Port Eynon is a perfect family beach with a wide expanse of golden sand and rock pools to explore and not to forget Oxwich Bay, a long sandy beach with an adjacent Nature Reserve.
Mumbles offers fashionable boutiques, cafes, international and traditional cuisine restaurants and a selection of ice cream parlours including Verdi's, Joe's, Ripples and Castellamare. The popular seafront promenade stretches from Mumbles Pier to Swansea Marina (approx. 4 miles). Underhill Park is nearby with its many football and rugby pitches, children's play area and woodland walks.
The Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill, 8 miles to the west of Swansea, is a rural life museum based around a working C12th water-mill and has craft shops, craft activities, an animal farm and Wales' smallest cinema.
Oxwich Castle is actually a Tudor manor built in the C16th rather than in earlier less peaceful times; it overlooks Oxwich Bay on the southern side of the Gower. The building is now in the care of Cadw who describe it as the “remains of a sumptuous, mock-fortified manor”. On the northern side of the peninsula, between the villages of Leason and Landimore and overlooking Llanrhidian Marsh, is Weobley Castle, a picturesque medieval fortified manor house with substantial remains dating principally from the early C14th.
The Gower really is a treasure and a must-visit when planning a trip to Wales. Simply peruse our selection of over 200 holiday homes on the Gower Peninsula below.