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Open Doors at Oxwich Castle

Open Doors at Oxwich Castle

Start Date: 07-09-2019
End Date: 08-09-2019

As part of the Open Doors this year you can visit the impressive Oxwich Castle in Swansea

Oxwich Castle, towers above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay and isn’t really a castle at all. It’s a magnificent Tudor manor house built by an ambitious father and son.

The Mansel family chose a lovely spot on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay to build their dream home. Proper ‘des res’ — although not a proper castle — equipped with the latest luxuries, including inside toilets. Built in courtyard style, Sir Rice gave his manor a mock-military gateway complete with the family’s coat of arms proudly cut in stone. His son Edward went on to create the much grander multi-storeyed range. An elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan feature – was added, positioned high up, taking full advantage of the panoramic sea views.

The Mansels were a showy lot who liked to keep up with the latest building techniques and fashions. The family, however, moved out after only a few decades. With the grandiose Margam Abbey and Old Beaupre Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan also in their possession, the family was probably spoilt for choice.

 

Where

Oxwich Castle
Oxwich
Gower
Swansea
SA3 1ND

 

Time

11am until 4pm

 

Price

FREE

 

 

 

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