Weobley Castle is probably in an obscure location as far as South Wales is concerned, but for our stay in the Gower it was perfect.
We were camping at Llanmadoc, and I spotted the Castle on the drive to the campsite.
I took advantage of a free morning to suggest we visit the site, it couldn’t have been more perfect. The castle was setting up to host a wedding reception, and beside our own, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect location.
Because Weobley Castle is everything you imagine of a castle, and for the little people it really was home to Mike the Knight.
The home of de la Bere’s what is unique about the setting is that it is probably as remote now as it was then, which means the views across the Loughor Estuary and Marshlands are awesome.
The castle dates back as far at the 13th century and came under attack during the Owain Glyndwr rebellion in 1403 suffering damage. Sir Rhys ap Thomas, ally of Henry VII, gained possession of the castle in 1485 and undertook repairs and furnished it in keeping with the high society owners such as the Herberts and the Mansels (who also owned nearby Oxwich Castle in south Gower). When Rhys’s grandson was executed for treason during the rule of Henry VIII, Weobley was returned to the Crown.
By the 16th century, the castle had degenerated into a tenant farmhouse and is now in the care of Cadw.
With a dry moat and rooms to explore, the children’s imagination was able to run wild as they explored the grounds. As many of the castle’s rooms remain it meant there was lots to explore and much fun to running wild.
For more information about opening times and admission, visit the Cadw website.