• Menu
Home » Destinations » Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » 3 Day South Wales Itinerary For The Gower Peninsula

3 Day South Wales Itinerary For The Gower Peninsula

This article may contain affiliate links, which may earn us a commission - at no extra cost to you - if you use one of our links. Please see our disclosures page for more information.

For this 3 day South Wales itinerary, we’re focusing on the Gower Peninsula south of Swansea.

It’s a truly beautiful area covering 70 square miles and was actually declared the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956.

From stunning beaches and cliff-top views to wild moors, salt marshes and oak woodlands, the Gower has inspired many artists and literary figures including none other than Dylan Thomas.

And in amongst all this inspiring nature, you’ll find a place steeped in history – from ancient castles and church ruins to old-world pubs and inns.

We’ve partnered with Visit Swansea Bay to bring you this itinerary, which shows you how to best enjoy a long weekend in this most beautiful part of Wales. As always, we’ve personally tried and tested this South Wales itinerary, which we followed during a wet autumn weekend.

3 Day South Wales Itinerary

Day 1: Oxwich Bay & Rhossili

Your first day in the Gower Peninsula is all about taking your time to admire beautiful coastal views, followed by getting cosy and indulging your sweet tooth.

Oxwich Bay and Oxwich Woods

Oxwich Bay is home to a lovely sandy beach, which is perfect for a relaxing stroll, rockpooling and even lazing on during the warmer months. 

You can even try some watersports here like kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.

Nearby, you’ll also find Oxwich Woods. There’s a small 13th-century church of St Illtyd here, which has an interesting story to tell.

Church of St Illtyd, Oxwich Woods, Gower Peninsula

It’s the resting place of the de la Mare family who lived in Oxwich Castle. And the church is said to be haunted by a white horse, a ‘ceffyl dwr’ (water horse), which appears in the churchyard before disappearing down a well.

Although we didn’t see any ghost horses ourselves, it’s a pretty little church and leads onto a relaxing walk in the woods. Just note that you’ll need to climb a lot of steps (easily over 150) before joining the woodland trails above the church.

Lunch at Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay Hotel overlooks the bay and is a superb place to come for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. 

We joined them for lunch and tucked into tasty burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, as well as a Welsh Cake trifle and honeycomb cheesecake. Everything we tried was delicious – and the desserts looked so Instagrammable.

If you’d rather eat something else then they have a large selection of different dishes from fish and mussels to steak and tagines to ice cream sundaes and apple strudel. They even serve traditional roast dinners with all the trimmings on Sundays – a must if you ask us!

Inside the dog friendly snug at Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay Hotel has a dog-friendly snug inside the restaurant so your pet pooch will also always be welcome. We brought Kai with us during our visit and he was treated to lots of fuss and cuddles, while we felt extra cosy in our warm and comfortable surroundings. We didn’t want to leave! 

Kai at dog friendly restaurant, Oxwich Bay Hotel

Rhossili Bay and Coastal Walk

Once you’re fed and watered, it’s time to head back outside to enjoy more of Gower’s stunning views. This time, head to Rhossili Bay and its surrounding coastal walk, which are owned by the National Trust.

The beach at Rhossili Bay has received multiple awards and often tops lists of Wales’ best beaches. It’s also one of the most popular day trips from Swansea.

And upon seeing it for the first time ourselves recently – it’s easy to see why!

The beach is large and sandy and stretches for three miles following some of Gower’s dramatic hills and cliffs. 

Justine and Kai looking at Rhossili Bay

At low tide, you can also see the remains of the Helvetia, a ship wrecked in 1887. We could just see the mast sticking out of the water when we visited so we’d love to go back and see what the full wreck looks like.

While you’re here, you simply must head out on a coastal walk to take in the breathtaking views across the coast and countryside.

You have two options: follow the gravel paths towards Worm’s Head, which offers superb views of the Atlantic. Or head up to the top of the Rhossili Downs, which has an excellent mix of coastal and countryside views.

Top Tip: Parking is free for National Trust members at the official car park. It’s £5 per day or £2.50 per half day for everyone else. You can also park at nearby Saint Mary’s Church, which uses an honesty box to go towards church donations.

Check-in at your accommodation

Now that you’ve well and truly blown the cobwebs away, it’s time to check into your accommodation.

During our weekend in South Wales, we stayed at The King’s Head, which is a four-star 17th-century inn in Llangennith. It’s positively charming!

Kings Head Inn on the Gower (where we stayed for our 3 day South Wales itinerary)

Family rooms are based in the townhouse next door to the pub and there are another two buildings devoted to rooms for couples, dog owners and everyone else, which is where we stayed.

The rooms at the back of the pub look like they are converted stable blocks with traditional brick walls and mahogany doors. 

Kings Head Inn, Llangennith on Gower Peninsula (where we stayed for our 3 day South Wales itinerary)

It was really interesting to stay in a room like this. But what surprised us most was the size of the room and its high standard of finishings including a waterfall shower, large bath and underfloor heating.

Not to mention you can ask for fresh milk for your tea. They’ll give you a small bottle you can keep in the fridge in your room. None of that UHT rubbish for us!

The inn serves breakfast daily between 8.30am to 10.30am and is a short walk from Llangennith beach where the sand stretches for nearly four miles – all the way to Rhossili.

Dinner at The King’s Head

If you’re staying at The King’s Head, then you won’t need to stride too far for dinner tonight.

The King’s Head has its own restaurant and bar onsite, which serves a large array of British favourites including sausage and mash, curry, steak and ale pie using Gower’s brewery ale and Gower beer-battered fish.

Sausage & Mash at Kings Head Inn on the Gower

And if you’re looking for something more local then you’ll find dishes using Welsh lamb, Welsh pork and Welsh venison on their specials board.

Its bar is also a great place to come if you like a stiff drink – and if you have a dog with you.

Inside the dog friendly bar at The King's Head Inn

Here, you’ll find a good selection of real ales from the local brewery, over 130 different gins, the largest collection of malt whiskeys (over 100 types) outside of Scotland and all the delicious dishes we mentioned above.

Day 2: Mumbles

On the agenda for today: history! Oodles and oodles of history.

Mumbles Pier (currently closed)

Mumbles is a delightful little seaside town and is often described as the ‘gateway to Gower’ as it marks the start of Gower Peninsula’s coastline.

The town has a rich and varied history. For instance, did you know that it used to be Dylan Thomas’ frequent stomping ground? Not to mention the pier was built as early as 1898 and is Grade II listed.

Mumbles Pier, Gower Peninsula

Mumbles Pier was once a station for the Mumbles Railway and has since become home to the Mumbles RNLI station, which is usually open to the public. 

Sadly, the pier is currently closed after funding for its renovation project was withdrawn in 2022.

Once it’s open again, there’s no disguising the pier’s Victorian roots and quintessential pier features like white wrought iron railings, wooden slatted floor and marine-inspired finishing touches.

Views from Mumbles Pier, Gower Peninsula

Aside from a relaxing stroll along the pier, you can also head to its amusements arcade, bowling alley, Pirate Boating Lake and ice cream parlour.

You can also walk along the seaside promenade, which has sailing boats parked up all along it. Or you can wander along Mumbles High Street, which is home to art galleries, luxury boutiques and stores selling homemade arts and crafts.

Lunch at Verdi’s Cafe

Found along the Mumbles promenade and facing the seafront is the vastly popular Verdi’s Cafe

You can choose to sit outside on their canopied decking or inside near one of the large windows overlooking the bay. 

Known for its authentic Italian flavour and quality, the cafe is a delightful place to come for a full-blown meal or to simply indulge in coffee and cake. 

When we visited, we both had divine ham and mozzarella toasted sandwiches. The mozzarella had the perfect level of stretchiness and the bread was buttery and crispy. 

Next, we tried their Welsh cakes, which were much larger and thicker than we’re used to but still tasty. 

Welsh cakes at Verdi's Cafe in Mumbles

But the cream of the crop simply had to be Verdi’s Italian hot chocolate, which was next level. It was rich, smooth like velvet and tasted like it had been made from an entire bar of chocolate – now that’s MY kind of drink! 

Oystermouth Castle

Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles

Dating as far back as the 12th century, Oystermouth Castle overlooks Mumbles and Swansea Bay and is cloaked in history. 

Over the centuries, it has been burned by an invading Welsh King, witnessed upteen sieges and has been passed from Lord to Lord until as late as 1927. 

Inside Oystermouth Castle

Today, you can visit both the castle and its grounds for as little as £6 per adult and marvel at ancient graffiti from the 14th century, twist and turn through secret passageways and staircases, or simply admire the coastal views from the castle’s windows and glass viewing platform.

Justine & Scott at Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

Top Tip: Although there’s parking in Castle Avenue, we’d suggest leaving your car parked along the Mumbles Promenade as it’s only a short 20-minute walk to the castle. This saves you from paying for parking twice or losing your spot on a busy day.

Please note that Oystermouth Castle is closed during the winter months.

Gower Heritage Centre

The Gower Heritage Centre is an absolute gem of a museum.

It’s built around a working 12th-century watermill and has numerous exhibitions waiting to be discovered including a WWII bunker, steam engines and a replica mill worker’s home.

WWII bunker at Gower Heritage Museum

Alongside its historical exhibits, you’ll also find a children’s play area, animal park, craft areas and tearooms. 

Throughout the year, there are several events held here such as medieval reenactments, cider festivals, craft fairs and food festivals. 

Food Festival at Gower Heritage Museum in Wales

Dinner at the Beaufort Arms

We told you this would be a day of history and dinner at the Beaufort Arms in Kittle is no exception.

The pub is said to be the oldest in all of Gower and dates back as far as 1460. This was at the height of the War of the Roses in which the Dukes of Beaufort played a pivotal role and became the ancestors of the Tudor dynasty.

Beaufort Arms, Kittle, Gower Peninsula

Once inside, you’ll find a friendly atmosphere, exposed brick features and a wood burner adding to the pub’s cosy feel.

On the menu, you’ll find pub classics like burgers, pies, hunter’s chicken and fish and chips, alongside curries, steaks and seasonal dishes. Don’t forget to indulge in chocolate fudge cake, fruit tarts, cheesecakes and ice cream sundaes for dessert!

Day 3: Three Cliffs Bay

Step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend the day in nature.

Pennard Castle

12th-century Pennard Castle is in ruins but has the most marvellous backdrop. It overlooks the valley of Pennard Pill and Three Cliffs Bay. 

In the early 12th century, the first Earl of Warwick, Henry de Beaumont, was granted the lordship of Gower, so it was likely that Pennard Castle was built under his leadership.

Pennard Castle, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Given its position, it would have made a great lookout against both land armies and naval attacks. But it was also sadly vulnerable to sand blow leading to its abandonment by the end of the 14th century.

You’ll need to hike across the Welsh countryside and up some hills to see the castle but its history, views and the walk itself are well worth it!

Views from Pennard Castle, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Lunch at the Three Cliffs Coffee Shop

The Three Cliffs Coffee Shop is a very popular lunch spot with locals and visitors alike. 

It’s renowned for its homemade dishes made from local produce and is the perfect place to come if you’re after some traditional Welsh food.

We had the chance to speak to the owner Jamie who told us that they frequently partner with local community projects to champion locally sourced products and local businesses. He said he also gives his chefs free rein in the kitchen to create seasonal dishes and different spins on classics.

Alongside traditional Welsh food, you should also save room for a slice of one – or two or three – of their delicious cakes; a speciality of this coffee shop!

When we visited, we were treated to all kinds of tasty things – apologies in advance if you start drooling:

  • Laverbread and cockles – different from the original but great for a first taste of the oats and seaweed combination
  • Glamorgan sausage – vegetarian; made from cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs
  • Welsh cakes – a must when in Wales!
  • Welsh brie toasted sandwiches – simple yet delicious
  • Steak and ale pie – a classic but in miniature
  • Curried aubergine pie – an interesting spin on pie and was definitely my favourite!
  • Cream scones – we couldn’t resist; we do love an afternoon tea
  • Carrot cake – light and creamy and oh-so yummy
  • White and milk hot chocolates – with whipped cream, marshmallows and extra flakes of course!

You should also stop by the shop just next door. It’s run by the same owner and has a large array of Welsh souvenirs and different food items to take away with you.

Three Cliffs Walk

From the Three Cliffs Coffee Shop, you can head east or west to follow the coastal paths for sweeping views across the sea. 

To the west, you can see Three Cliffs Bay from above and just about glimpse Pennard Castle in the distance.

To the east, you can look back towards the Three Cliffs countryside but will likely see far fewer people during your walk.

Views from Three Cliffs Walk, Gower Peninsula

Penllergare Valley Woods

Conveniently located close to the M4 near Swansea, Penllergare Valley Woods is both the perfect pitstop en route back home and a superb way to say goodbye to the South Wales countryside. 

And if you’re already in Swansea, then it makes for an ideal day out for all the family – including your dog!

Penllergare is free to visit (apart from parking costs which are put towards restoration and maintenance fees) and is home to a stunning waterfall, as well as lakes, all manner of wildlife including kingfishers, buzzards and red kites – and a whopping 12km of walking trails.

So grab your walking boots or wellies and escape into nature!

I hope you’ve found this 3 day South Wales itinerary helpful and inspiring! Which places are you most excited to visit first?

Did you like this South Wales itinerary? Why not share the wanderlust around?

If you're finding our blog posts helpful, we would love it if you would consider donating to our "Buy Me A Coffee" site. Thank you so much for your support xoxo
Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

View stories

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *