The castle was established from the 12th century, likely commissioned by Henry de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick, after being granted the Lordship of Gower.
The castle is believed to have been built as a ringwork castle with wooden palisades but subsequently rebuilt in locally quarried limestone and reddish sandstone during the late 13th or early 14th century probably by de Braoses who held the castle for part of the 13th century.
|Posted by Annet1 on TripAdvisor: This whole area is best explored in a circular route- a long walk but well worth it. Park at the roundabout at the end of Southgate village- there’s a fantastic coffee shop there, then head to your right along the cliffs……a steep descent needs care & will take you to little Pobbles Beach. If the tide is out walk around the corner & you’ll see the 3 Cliffs & the sweeping bay. If the tide is in, follow the little paths up over the cliffs and around…..they will take you around to the vast beach & river valley & onwards up to the castle itself- a ragged ruin with the most romantic views in Wales….the path will bring you alongside Pennard Golf course to your right- keep to & follow the footpath signs (& watch out for golfballs), and walk through the village back down to the coffee shop. I prefer the walk in reverse, personally- but this way you won’t get lost! The views from the castle & as you walk along to 3 Cliffs are truely beautiful. There are wild ponies & cattle and often horse-riders galloping down into the sea. Many people go rock-climbing on the cliff face. Be aware there are no facilities or life guards……the sea can be dangerous because of strong riptides where the rivers runs into the sea…swimming is safer at Pobbles Beach to the left.|
The castle consisted of a curtain wall surrounding a central courtyard and featured a twin towered gate-house, a small semi-circular turret and a square tower. A singular entrance on the East-side consisting of an archway between two half-round towers with square inner-sides permitted access.
The castle was abandoned by 1400 and today only ruins remain, including parts of the Norman stone hall, tower, gatehouse, and curtain wall survive as ruins. Pennard Castle overlooks Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay and the views are spectacular, especially at sunset.