Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

Three Cliffs Bay, nestled in the picturesque Gower Peninsula of Wales, is a renowned tourist destination that captivates visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. With its 3 towering limestone cliffs that give it its name, golden sandy beaches, and gorgeous waters.

My twin Bassett Hounds Monty & Jasmine loved it too. This is one of those beautiful beaches that allows dogs all year round.

the dogs on Three Cliffs Beach

History and Significance

Three Cliffs Bay holds immense historical and cultural significance. It is a renowned coastal area located on the Gower Peninsula in Wales, United Kingdom. This picturesque bay is not only known for its stunning natural beauty but also for its rich history and folklore.

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Three Cliffs on the Bay

Legends and Myths

  • Three Cliffs Bay itself is named after the three prominent limestone cliffs that jut out into the sea, creating a striking and unique landscape.
  • According to local folklore, the three cliffs represent three sleeping giants who were turned into stone by an angry fairy. This myth adds an enchanting touch to the bay’s allure.
  • Another local legend tells the tale of a secret tunnel hidden within the cliffs, leading to a hidden treasure. While its existence remains a mystery, this adds an air of intrigue to the area.

Pennard Castle

Overlooking Three Cliffs Bay, the majestic ruins of Pennard Castle stand atop a hill. This medieval fortress, dating back to the 12th century, offers breathtaking views of the bay and the surrounding landscape.

Pennard Castle Three Cliffs Bay

Constructed by the Normans, Pennard Castle served as a strategic stronghold during the Norman Conquest of Wales. It was built on a prominent hilltop, providing excellent views of the surrounding area and serving as a deterrent to potential invaders.

Throughout its existence, the castle changed hands multiple times. It was captured by the Welsh forces in the early 13th century but was subsequently retaken by the Normans. Later, during the Welsh Wars of Independence in the late 13th century, Pennard Castle was once again seized by the Welsh rebels.

pennard castle in Gower on the dunes

Unfortunately, the castle fell into a state of disrepair over time, and by the 16th century, it was largely abandoned. Today, only ruins of the castle remain, offering visitors a glimpse into its fascinating history and breathtaking views of the Gower coastline.

In recent years, efforts have been made to preserve the ruins of Pennard Castle and provide educational information to visitors. It serves as a popular historical attraction, allowing people to explore its remnants and imagine the castle’s former grandeur.

the river at three cliffs bay

Location and Access

The Bay can be accessed through various transportation options:

  1. By Car: Three Cliffs Bay is easily reachable by car. From Swansea, take the A4118 road towards South Gower. Follow the signs for Three Cliffs Bay, and there is a parking area available near the bay.

  2. Public Transportation: There are limited public transportation options available to reach Three Cliffs Bay. Bus services are available from Swansea to Parkmill, which is the nearest village to the bay. From Parkmill, it is a scenic walk of about 20-30 minutes to reach the bay.

  3. Walking or Cycling: The Gower Peninsula is known for its beautiful walking and cycling trails. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you can explore the various trails that lead to Three Cliffs Bay. These trails offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Walks and activities

It is not just a beach but it is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities. For the walkers you can head down t the beach and take in the 3 cliffs and walk up the dunes to Pennard Castle to make a great coastal circular walk.

On this day there were lots having fun. People surfing, kite flying, playing beach cricket, paddling in both the sea and the river that runs through. Paragliders swirled in for a landing too.

view down to Three Cliffs Bay


I was on a visit through the Gower Peninsula, South Wales and if you love a beach or love the outdoors then you must stop and spend some time down on Three Cliffs Bay.

Laze in the sunshine or walk and have an adventure discovering natural beauty and history. There is something for everyone.

After the beach I drove down the road to another marvel of the Gower Peninsula. The Mumbles.

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  1. The coast is amazing and the Brecon Beacons not too far away either. Whilst Pembroke is lovely, this area is more accessible whilst still leaving further west within easy reach. I’m house-hunting around the Swansea area – returning my ancestral homeland you could say 🙂

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi manda, yes a wonderful area to live I can imagine

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