The castle consists of a great keep and hall block of the twelfth century set upon an earlier ringwork. In the thirteenth century a great twin-towered gatehouse was added, of which the two towers have since been demolished (or maybe they were never build??), giving Oystermouth its unique and picturesque appearance. The chapel (on the second floor of the chapel block) has 14th century traceried windows and, according to local tradition, was built under the direction of Aline de Mowbray. In the castle still remain many halls, solars, barracks and apartments.
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Opening Times at Oystermouth Castle for 2012
The castle will be open to the public from 16 June until the end of September this year.
Opening Hours are
The castle was restored in the Victorian era by the Earl of Cawdor who also refurbished Castell Carreg Cennen in Carmarthenshire.
Work began on Oystermouth Castle in the autumn of 2010 to undertake essential works to conserve the castle structure.
The Castle temporarily re-opened last summer complete with new visitor facilities, an educational space and a 30-foot high glass viewing platform and bridge that leads to Alina’s Chapel.
The completion of ongoing conservation works at the attraction will soon allow people to explore parts of the castle that have been unaccessible for generations.
The majority of work was originally scheduled to be complete in 2014 but funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Visit Wales mean contractors are aiming for an end-of-May finish (2012).
Swansea Council is behind the conservation of Oystermouth Castle for future generations to enjoy thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government through Cadw, the European Regional Development Fund and Visit Wales. The project is also well-supported by the Friends of Oystermouth Castle. Further information opening times, bookings and events at Oystermouth Castle is available from Mumbles Tourist Information Centre on 01792 361302.