Sitting in the hills of the Gower Peninsula, within handy walking distance of the King Arthur country pub in Reynoldston, Arthur’s Stone is said to be another troublesome pebble that found its way into the royal boot. The disgruntled monarch angrily threw it all the way from Carmarthenshire to the top of Cefn Bryn, and it magically grew in size on the way. Some say the massive rock trundles down to Three Cliffs Bay to drink every New Year’s Eve. Others maintain it’s just part of a Neolithic tomb dating back to 2500 BC. visitswanseabay.com/legend
Swansea Bay isn’t short of castles and historic manor houses, with a whole range to choose from including Oystermouth, Loughor, Penrice, Weobley, Oxwich and Pennard. Swansea Castle, founded by Norman knight, Henry de Beaumont in 1107, still stands sentinel over the City of Swansea today almost a thousand years later!
Oystermouth Castle is a Norman stone castle overlooking the western edge of Swansea Bay in the village of Mumbles. Features include ancient graffiti art from the 14th century, private staircases leading from vaults to previous banqueting halls and a 30-foot high glass bridge. The castle stages plenty of special events during the year, including a Junior Jesters Fun Day and a Prince and Princess Day, both in August. visitswanseabay.com/oystermouthcastle
Or do something different...
Could you be a descendent of Uther Pendragon too or have ancestors who may have come from the Swansea area? Head over to West Glamorgan Archive Centre to research your family tree. visitswanseabay.com/westglamorganarchives. The centre is fully staffed to help you discover any undiscovered Welsh roots.
Unlike the young Arthur, most of us won’t have a Merlin to teach us survival skills, but luckily Dryad Bushcraft visitswanseabay.com/dryadbushcraft can help, take part in one of their introduction to bushcraft courses to learn how to think like a survivor, set traps, forage wild food and shelter build.
Enchanting places to stay
In Higher Green, Reynoldston, Swansea, nestling under Cefn Bryn, the second highest point on Gower Peninsula and conveniently a stone’s throw from the famous landmark, you’ll find The King Arthur Hotel and Self Catering Cottage Apartments visitswanseabay.com/thekingarthurhotel
Alternatively, for an enchanting stay in a historical Gower country house, Fairyhill, has a reputation for fine dining in a secluded rural setting visitswanseabay.com/fairyhill.
For another royal experience, the 17th century Kings Head Inn stands opposite the largest medieval church on Gower on the Atlantic west coast of the Peninsula. With stabling available for horses, King Arthur and his knights would have felt right at home here. visitswanseabay.com/kingsheadinn