Oxwich Castle is not really a castle but a magnificent Tudor mansion created by Sir Rice Mansel and his son Edward. It stands on a headland above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay. A product of the peaceful 16th century, Oxwich was built to provide sumptuous accommodation. Sir Rice Mansel gave it a mock military gateway complete with family coat of arms.
Rice’s work was confined to the southern block and was completed between the 1520s and 30s. On Mansel’s death his son, Sir Edward Mansel succeeded to the property and between 1560-80 created the much grander style multi-storied range which contained an impressive hall and elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan architecture feature.
The six-storey south-east tower which still survives probably accommodated the family and servants. After the Mansels moved out in the 1630s the castle fell into disrepair and the south range was used as a farmhouse.
The building is now in the care of Cadw and is open to visitors from 1 April – 30 September, from 10.00am – 5.00pm. (postcode SA3 1NG)
Facilities at Oxwich Castle
- Car Park
- Cycle Stands
- Gift Shop and Exhibition
- Picnic Tables
- Baby Changing Facilties
- Dog on leads are welcome