Weobley Castle is a 14th-century fortified manor house on the Gower Peninsula. The existing buildings were largely created between 1304 and 1327 by the de la Bere family. They consist of a gateway, a hall and kitchen, a chapel block and an east range, enclosing a courtyard, all now in a semi-ruinous state. The buildings are largely constructed of rubble masonry with window and door features of sandstone.

Until the 15th century the castle was the home of the de la Beres, originally stewards to William De Braose, Lord of Gower. In 1318 the castle is recorded by a deed signed there by Adam de la Bere.

The castle was attacked and damaged by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr in the early 15th century, but most of the building was left standing. It is possible that John de la Bere (d. 1403) was a casualty of Glyndŵr's incursion. Sir Rhys ap Thomas became the owner towards the end of the 15th century; following the execution for treason of Rhys's grandson Rhys ap Gruffydd in 1531, Weobley eventually reverted to the Crown in the person of King Henry VIII. It was then sold and subsequently leased to tenants until the 20th century, when the last owner, Emily Talbot, gave it to the state in 1911.

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Founded: 1304-1327
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Jay Huxtable (2 years ago)
Wonderful castle with gorgeous views across the estuary.
Wales Cottage Breaks Tan Yr Eglwys Cottages (3 years ago)
Small but interesting ruined castle. Fabulous views over the salt marshes and over the Estuary. Also very tasty salt marsh lamb available to buy from the farmhouse- the lamb burgers are great for a BBQ back at the cottage.
They Had A Day (3 years ago)
A small charge to get in. Small car park but a lovely castle to explore
Peter CS (3 years ago)
It was a fortified manor house in a brilliant spot. Must have been built for the spectacular views...
Edward Tristram (3 years ago)
A small but interesting castle that has gorgeous views over the estuary. The local shop is also very friendly with some great ice cream! Keep an eye out for festivals held in the grounds.
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