Gower – a land of history, beauty, and amazing variety. It was the first landscape to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in 1956, and every one of its 188 sq km is jam packed with places of natural, historical and cultural interest. Plus, it has some of the UK’s / Europe’s ‘best’ beaches…little wonder then that it is one of the most cherished landscapes in Britain!
A rich and varied environment which is breath-taking – from wild moors and limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches. Gower is a geological goldmine with inspiring landscapes – just look at Dylan Thomas’ work.
Travel Back in Time...
There are at least 1200 archaeological sites in the AONB of different periods and types. These include caves, Iron Age forts, medieval castles, churches, a lighthouse and 19th Century parks. 73 of these are of national importance, with 124 listed buildings.
The western part of the AONB is included in the Register of Landscapes of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales, for the rich evidence of a long sequence of land use and occupation from the prehistoric to industrial periods. This includes Iron Age forts and a surviving medieval open field system (known as the Vile, near Rhossili).