Swansea Castle

Swansea Castle is right in the centre of Swansea. You can see it from the outside but it is only rarely open for visitors.

However, according to the City and County of Swansea website visitors will have improved access to Swansea Castle because of funding worth £165,000 from Welsh Government and Cadw. Debris has been cleared from the ground floor level of Swansea Castle to enable archaeological evaluation of the castle courtyard, and safe openings to ground floor rooms are being created for access to visitors (the castle is not open at present).

Other improvements include effective lighting, plus a grassed public space will be reinstated

Brief History of Swansea Castle

Swansea Castle was originally founded in about 1106 by Henry de Beaumont, who was later given the Lordship of Gower by King Henry I. It originally consisted of earthworks and timber defences.

After various unsuccessful attacks by the Welsh, the castle fell in 1217 but was restored to the English in 1220.

William de Braose III built the new castle that survives today at the end of the 13th century as a set of private apartments for his family and himself that was later crowned by its distinctive battlements. The building has served many purposes over the centuries including a barracks and a drill hall.

The surrounding buildings were badly damaged in the blitz of 1941 but today you can still see the tower containing the debtor’s prison and William de Braose’s new castle built within a corner of a walled bailey.