History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The earliest evidence we have at Weobley points to a date of 1304 for construction. The first building to be built was the hall block (reinforcing the point that Weobley was primarily intended as a home, rather than a fortress). Two south towers and a section of curtain wall date to the same time. The open site was enclosed during a second phase of building with the addition of a solar, chapel, curtain wall, and west gateway.
Most of this work was probably initiated by David de la Bere, Lord of Gower, between 1304-1327. The castle was badly damaged in the Owain Glyndwr rebellion of the early 15th century. The next really major construction at Weobley did not take place until the late 15th century under Sir Rhys ap Thomas, who added a porch block to provide a more imposing entrance. Sir Rhys gained possession of Weobley in return for his support of Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Just as at Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, Sir Rhys spent lavishly to create a luxurious residence that reflected his social status.
In the 16th century the castle passed to the Herbert family, Lords of Gower, and from them to the Somersets, eventually to become Dukes of Beaufort. Weobley was too remote for these grand families, and fell into decay; the gatehouse was eventually used as a farmhouse. It is now cared for by Cadw, Welsh Heritage.
The castle is very well signed from all approaches around Llanrhidian village. There is a small parking area and footpaths leading out onto the marshes if you fancy exploring the area. The farmhouse - formerly the castle gatehouse - offers tea and farm produce, and this is where you stop first to purchase entrance tickets. The castle truly is not large, again emphasizing that despite the name it is really a fortified residence rather than a military fortress. There is an interesting display area inside the gatehouse tower, with information on Weobley and other castles around the Gower peninsula. The location is utterly wonderful, with very scenic views out across the marshes to the River Loughor.
About Weobley Castle
Address: West Castle Farm, Llanrhidian, Swansea, Gower, Glamorgan, Wales, SA3 1HB
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: B4271 or B4295 to Llanrhidian village, then by minor road 2 miles north west. Well signposted.
Website: Weobley Castle
Phone: 01792 390 012
OS: SS476 927
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Find other attractions tagged with:
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Llanrhidian, St Rhidian and St Illtyd - 1.4 miles (Historic Church)
Reynoldston, St George Church - 1.7 miles (Historic Church)
Llanddewi, St David's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Llanmadoc, St Madoc Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Penrice Castle - 3 miles (Castle)
Llangennith, St Ceyndd Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Nicholaston, St Nicholas Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Oxwich Castle - 4.2 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Weobley Castle:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts