Pennard Castle, Swansea

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Pennard Castle is a ruined castle, near the modern village of Pennard on the Gower Peninsula, in south Wales. The castle was built in the early 12th century as a timber ringwork following the Norman invasion of Wales. The walls were rebuilt in stone by the Braose family at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, including a stone gatehouse. Soon afterwards, however, encroaching sand dunes caused the site to be abandoned and it fell into ruin. Restoration work was carried out during the course of the 20th century and the remains of the castle are now protected under UK law as a Grade II* listed building.
13th-14th centuriesThe Normans began to make incursions into South Wales from the late-1060s onwards, pushing westwards from their bases in recently occupied England. Their advance was marked by the construction of castles and the creation of regional lordships. Pennard Castle was built at the start of the 12th century after Henry de Beaumont, the Earl of Warwick, conquered the Gower Peninsula and made Pennard one of his demesne manors.
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  • Visited here three times now and never disappointed. We had the most beautiful weather considering the time of year. Views are spectacular  more »
  • Came accross this ruined castle on walking the Gower coastal path. It is simply there ... no signs, no entrance fee, you just wander round the ruin. It is in a wonderful location and a good spot for s...  more »
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  • Pennard castle is situated near 3 cliffs but is a good 30min strenuous trek over dunes to get to from either car park on each side. The ruins are quite small and doesn't have much else there. Ok for a few photos, easier access is through the golf course following the white stones as markers but then you avoid the longer scenic coastal path.
  • A small but beautiful ruin along some great walking trails. I especially like this area around sunset when the views out across the bay with the sun setting over the sea are very stunning. Well worth a visit.
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