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The Gower Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Gower Coast

Gower, or the Gower Peninsula, juts out into the Bristol Channel, to the west of Swansea. Spectacular landscapes dominate this rugged, windswept region, which is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. Footpaths crisscross the Gower Peninsula, offering breathtaking views of the coastline, while the vast, quiet beaches provide some of the country’s best surfing conditions.

Gower became Wales’ first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. The countryside of the region’s interior is dotted with fascinating historical sites, including six castles, medieval churches, Iron Age fortifications and prehistoric standing stones. There’s also an extensive network of caves, including Llethryd Cave, or Tooth Hole, where the significant discovery of the remains of eight humans dating back to the Bronze Age was made in the 1960s.

Rhossili Bay

In the pretty villages scattered across the Gower Peninsula, you’ll discover welcoming, old pubs and restaurants, many of which serve excellent food, prepared with fresh ingredients from the surrounding fields and sea.

Beachgoers are spoilt for choice on the Gower Peninsula. One of the best is Rhossili Bay, a stunning three-mile stretch of golden sand where dolphins, seals and shipwrecks can be spotted. A steep footpath descends from the village of Rhossili, which is a tough walk but well worth the effort. The beach’s size means it’s never hard to find a quiet spot to lay down a towel. It’s also one of the area’s best surf spots, with waves suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. There are a number of good surf school on the Gower Peninsula, including the Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School.

One of Gower’s most striking historical buildings is Oystermouth Castle, a magnificent structure, the keep of which dates back to the 12th century. The castle sits on a high hilltop in Mumbles, with spectacular views across the Swansea Bay.

"A breathtaking mix of towering cliffs, sweeping bays and rolling hills awaits discovery on the Gower Peninsula."

For a bite to eat on the Gower Peninsula, try the King Arthur, a traditional country pub, serving local ales including Felinfoel, the national ale of Wales. The King Arthur also serves a variety of delicious meals, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Mains include local sausages with mashed potato and onion gravy, and Welsh steak pie with onions and ale. For a good coffee and a slice of homemade cake, check out Penllergare Valley Woods café.

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While you’re there

Llangennith Beach

A top choice for surfers - catch some waves or catch some rays!

Wales Coast Path

Enjoy the views and fresh air from this beautiful coastal route.

Rhossili Bay

It's not hard to see why this breathtaking bay is considered among the UK's best!

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