The Gower

The sunset at Worms Head, a peninsula along Rhossili Bay, is said to be in the top ten most photographed in the world, and just one of the points of interest that make the Gower Peninsula in Wales so special.

30 miles of coastline and 50 beaches, form part of this area of South Wales, and along with sand dunes, marshland, heath, woodland, and limestone cliffs, make up the 188 sq km of the Gower Peninsula. This mixed geology is in a relatively small area, where to the South you will see the limestone cliffs and sandy beaches, and in the North you will find salt marshes and sand dunes.

Along with the renowned natural environment, the Gower Peninsula has much to interest archaeologists, and tourists interested in the history of the area. Over 1200 archaeological points of interest, which span many different periods of history, can be found here, with land use and occupation dating from the prehistoric to industrial age. With this in mind, you can expect to see anything from medieval castles to 19th century parks.

Little wonder then, that the Gower Peninsula is one of the most well-known Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, and the first to be designated, when the register was started in 1956. Alongside the different points of natural and historical interest, the Gower is a great place for outdoor leisure activities, particularly surfing (Caswell Bay, Llangennith Sands), walking and cycling.  Ordnance Survey Maps and various guide books are available detailing the marked routes along the peninsula, and visitors are also welcome to join in with the guided walks, events, and cycle rides that form part of the annual Gower Walking Festival, or Gower Cycling Festival.

Families are well catered for in this area too, with many heading to family friendly beaches at Oxwich Bay and Port Eynon. The sandy beaches and good mix of facilities such as car parking, accommodation, and shops adds to the appeal in these areas. The Mumbles are also within easy reach of the Gower, where there is a Victorian Pier, amusement centre, and private beach. Meanwhile at Gower Heritage Centre you can visit an animal park, craft shops, a working woollen mill exhibit, and La Charrette, the smallest cinema in Wales.

Add to these options other outdoor sports, traditional countryside crafts, and further afield in Swansea, attractions like the Dylan Thomas Centre, and the innovative National Waterfront Museum, and you’ll never be short of things to do if you visit this beautiful area of South Wales.

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