About the Gower Peninsula..
The Gower has some of the most stunning natural scenery was the first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to be designated in the uk in 1965. It is a much loved for its beaches, wildlife, and stunning coastal scenery and offers a wide range of recreations – from surfing, fishing, climbing, pony trekking, archery, and other outdoor pursuits.
The Gower also has a rich choice of entertainment with music bars, theatre and a variety of festivals throughout the year such as the Gower Folk Festival, and the Gower Walking Festival.
Here you can have the ‘best of both worlds’ – incredible unspoilt Countryside and coastal scenery as well as all the Gower and Swansea has to offer in the way of entertainment, shops, cafes etc.
Castles there are six castles on the Gower peninsula: Oystermouth Castle, Pennard Castle, Oxwich Castle, Penrice Castle and Weobley Castle, each are worth a visit and offer incredible views.
Sites of Interest: There are also a number of sites of interest: burial chambers, standing stones – such as King Arthurs’ stone and caves such as the Llethryd Tooth Cave, which is nearly a mile long. You can explore old smugglers’ haunts, such as Brandy Cove or Pwll ddu Bay
Walking: You have an abundance of walks on the Gower and it is one of the best ways to explore. Coastal walks here are amongst the best in Britain and the ‘Gower Way’ covers 35 miles, criss-crossing the Gower peninsula. Many of the beaches are separated at high tide but can be accessed at low tide on foot – over miles of sands! You can join in the Gower Walking Festival – which happens each June
rock climbing, Three Cliffs Bay
Activities and Interests: The Gower has some of the most stunning and much-loved areas to visit for its beaches, wildlife, coastal walks and of course, surfing and other recreational sports and outdoor per suits. There are a host of outdoor activities – just take your pick from canoeing, surfing, orienteering, climbing and a wide range of water-sports.. There are a number of excellent golf courses to choose from. The Gower is also a great place for spotting wildlife and has a number of nature reserves. In addition it is a popular location for fishing if this is your passion there are a number of idylic spots to cast your line. read more
Christmas Day Yoga
We offer Christmas breaks, for those who wish to get away this Christmas an celebrate in style in a beautiful area of the uk. Choose from our comfortable self catering apartments, close to Three Cliffs bay in the heart of the Gower Peninsula.
Planning your Christmas Break –
Planning a Christmas Break is reasonably easy especially when there is easy access by road and no flights to catch! Take a look at what’s on over Christmas and new year in Swansea and the Gower.
How about planning a Christmas day excursion – it can be a beautiful time of year to go walking on the beach or visit Cefn Bryn and King Arthurs’ stones!
Christmas Day – Places to eat:
Mamma Mia is an Italian restaurant in Swansea that uses only the freshest ingredients to create their delicious dishes. With a Christmas lunch and dinner menu available offering both traditional Christmas meals as well as delicious pizzas
Cosy Christmas festivities
Pre – Christmas events:
Winter Wonderland on the waterfront:
This ice rink is an award winning attraction offered in the run-up to Christmas, offered both children and adults in Swansea, close to the marina..
Christmas Parade 2015
Santa will visit on Sunday 15 November from 5.00pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.It starts near the Dylan Thomas Centre, before continuing through the town and ending at the Guildhall.
Gower Heritage Centre Christmas Craft Fayre with Artisans selling their waits in a festive atmosphere. Enjoy freshly baked cakes and hot mulled wine and cider. The perfect place to buy handmade gifts for Christmas! Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 10.00am – 5.00pm
A concert to get you in the Christmas spirit. Taking you on a journey through winter wonderland you are sure to recognize some of your favourite Christmas pieces. Packed full of festive treats, enjoy highlights including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, music from the frost tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tickets: £10-16 Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715
Gower’s AONB title
There was recent plans in 2015 to review looked at whether Wales’ three National Parks and five AONB should come under a single designation, and that the name Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is changed to ‘National Landscapes of Wales’.
The proposal to remove AONB status from Gower and the other such areas across the country was made by an independent panel which had been commissioned by the government. The suggestion came as somewhat of a surprise to many and was not popular given the existing fondness for the title of ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ which has been developed over 50 years. Many feel it is a suitably an accurate description for these landscapes, whilst also offering them much needed protection.
Gower to keep title of AONB
Feelings are re-enforced on this subjec, given that the Gower peninsula was the very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be designated in the uk in 1956. This is really something to be proud of and which makes it unique, and it just wouldn’t be the same, many feel if it were to be designated another title.
Gower was spotted for its stunning scenery, its geology and outstanding coastal habitats as well as historic sites.
Ancient sites in Gower
The area has eighty ancient monuments and sites which include Palaeolithic caves, Iron Age hill forts, Bronze Age Burial Sites and castles. Paviland Cave, was the site of the earliest known human burial site, discovered in 1823, archaeologists found bones, and beautiful ivory objects. These findings date back around 33,000 years.
The area is extremely rich in wildlife, with its unspoilt countryside and nature reserves making it an excellent destination for bird lovers and bird watchers, It is not unusual to see cormorants, birds of prey, herons and many other birds when out walking. There is also a bird hospital, helping to care for sick birds. In addition to this it also has the delightful feature of wild horses which range freely on common land, which is a unique and favourite feature to many.
You can read more about how we can protect the Gower AONB on the following website: www.savegower.com
Places to Visit include a rich cultural heritage and colourful array of visitor centres, castles, markets and museums
Clyne Gardens is a botanical garden based in Swansea The park as it is now known was formed from the landscaped gardens originally created by Glynn Vivian who bought the castle in 1860. There is a gentle slope to the gardens, with paths that meander amidst trees, beside brooks and over little bridges – a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and spot your favourite plants and shrubs.
Dylan Thomas Centre
The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition featuring Swansea’s famous poet, which holds regular events relating to Dylan Thomas throughout the year. 2014 saw the Centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and there were many events: exhibitions, shows, readings, festivals (including the Dylan Thomas Festival) held not only in Swansea but in many locations around the uk.
The centre is well worth a visit, set in a lovely location in the popular maritime quater – it is an atmospheric building – with its own cafe and book shop with free entry for the centre’s permanent exhibition.
Gower Heritage Centre
The Centre is a rural life museum, holding regular events throughout the year. There are craft shops and activities, a children’s play area, cafe, a rural life museum and a small animal farm. The centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm
King Arthurs Stones
A legendary site, well worth a visit and located on Cefn Bryn in the heart of the Gower is known as “Arthur’s Stone” or “King Arthur’s Stone”. The description is said to originate from a legend that King Arthur threw a large stone from Llanelli which landed on this spot. Another story says that if a girl crawls around the stone three times and views the face of her lover, then she will know that he will remain faithful to her.
The site is a well known neolithic burial ground and the stone is situated on the north facing slope of Cefn Bryn with fine, expansive views across the estuary of the River Loughor and towards Llanrhidian sands. There are several other simpler cairns spraid along the same slope.
Pennard castle is located in a superb position, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and is often described as one of the most picturesque ruins on the Gower Peninsula. Pennard castle is an early 12th Century Castle and is believed to probably have been built by the Earl of Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick. While there are castles with more renown and history on the Gower, Pennard castle remains have both atmosphere and mystery… even more so at dusk – where it provides the perfect setting for watching the sunset!
National Botanical Gardens
The National Botanic Garden of Wales are located near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, providing 568 acres of parkland with historic and futuristic buildings, lake, horticultural displays, flower meadows and artwork such as sculptural exhibitions. There is a lovely cafe and bookshop, and a surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica, with films celebrating the world of plants.
The Glasshouse is perhaps its most famous feature, designed by architects Norman Foster and Partners. Inside the glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape, rock terraces, streams and waterfalls. Outside, there is a peaceful Japanese Garden, double walled garden and more – this is the first National Botanical Garden to be created in the new millennium.
Swansea market is well worth a visit with its rich choice of local produce, from seafood such as fish, cockles, muscles larverbread and more as well as local cheeses, bread chutneys, meats and more and all manner of things that you’d find in a traditional welsh market including crafts, quirky gifts and marketfayer.
Enjoy a wide range of events on the Gower Peninsula, from festivals to shows, talks, fairs – here are just a few….
Gower Bluegrass February
at the Gower Heritage Centre
Cheese & Cider Weekend May
at the Gower Heritage Centre
The Gower Walking Festival June
The largest walking festival in Wales with over 1,700 walkers in 2014. Centred on Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Walking Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. It is a great chance to view the fabulous wildlife and scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the surrounding area. http://www.gowerwalkingfestival.org
The Gower Folk Festival June
This years Gower Folk Festival is at the Greyhound Pub the http://www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Gower Bluegrass Festival September
The annual Gower Bluegrass Festival attracts many bluegrass musicians from the South Wales area and also from further afield across the Severn Bridge.Open picking sessions and instrumental workshops.
Activities on the Gower Peninsula are rich and varied and include surfing on some of the Country’s top beaches, walking the coastal path, orienteering, rock climbing, coasteering, golf, horse riding and more…
golf on the Gower
Pennard Golf Course is known as much for its great facilities as it is for its amazing views of Three Cliffs Bay. The course ranked #17 of 52 Activities in Swansea.
Gower Golf Club, set in a beautiful location offers a host of attractions, visit: www.gowergolf.co.uk
Golf break packages on the Gower Peninsula – offered in a number of locations on the Gower and Mumbles: www.golfongower.co.uk
Swansea and the Gower are great locations to practice orienteering. Offering plenty of varied terrain such as coastal and rocky areas, woodland, parks and more. Its a great way of seeing unvisited parts of the countryside, as well as encouraging fitness, and skills in navigation
Swansea Bay Orienteering Club holds introductory evenings as well as competition opportunities
Parc-Le-Breos Guest House and riding centre, set in beautiful grounds www.parc-le-breos.co.uk
A wonderful way to explore the scenery of the Gower is on horseback.
There are numerous beaches famous for their surf on the Gower, including famous Rhossili beach, Langland, Caswell, and many more. There area a host of surf schools offering tuition as well as surf shops and surfing equipment for hire.
‘Gower Surfing’ is a Surf school on the Gower offering surfing lessons (open all year round)
walking on the Gower
With so much choice and extensive public rights of way (268 miles on the Gower alone), you are in a walkers’ paradise. You can choose from easy strolls through parks and more strenuous hikes over rocky headlands, beaches and moorland. The Gower Way is 35 miles and offers a challenge to the most dedicated walkers and those wishing to improve their fitness. There are a number of dedicated walking groups in the Swansea area and the Gower also has its own walking festival: www.gowerwalkingfestival.org on the 6th to the 21st of June ’15
Organised walks include : www.thegowersociety.org.uk/programme/walks/ Mawr walking club: www.mawrwalkingclub.co.uk
Day Trips and Places to Visit
Botanical gardens Spring flowers
National Botanical Gardens of Wales.
Beautifully landscaped gardens covering 568 acres, including nature reserve as well as a formal garden, with Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece. www.gardenofwales.org.uk
South Wales Top Attractions
A new website offering a gateway to South Wales Top Tourist Attractions. http://southwalesattractions.co.uk
Gower Coast Adventures
With fascinating explorations of local history, marine wildlife and a wealth of local knowledge, you will be guided by qualified crew. Fascinating experiences – from prehistoric caves to smugglers’ coves.. http://www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk