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Visiting Rhosili and South Gower Coast

Father and daughter building a sandcastle on the beach in summer
Visitors on the beach at Rhosili and South Gower Coast | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Visit the beach of Rhosili, a 3 mile stretch of sand with expansive views of the coastline, or head further afield along the South Gower Coast. A perfect spot for a day at the beach, you can walk, swim, surf or even fly a kite. Wait until low tide for a rare sight. As the sea retreats, you may spot the remains of the Helvetia, shipwrecked in 1887, lying in the sand.

Things to do at Rhosili Down on the Gower

Rhosili Down is a lowland heath area and home to a variety of insects including the rare black bog ant. Walk up to Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, to feel on top of the world.

The panoramic views reach as far as West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast. Look out for the Old Rectory, our most popular holiday cottage for holiday makers.

Purple haze of heathland with a coastal backdrop on the Gower Peninsula, Wales
Rhosili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Wildflower walking

From the shop and Visitor Centre there is a level walk along the grassy cliff top to the Old Coastguard Lookout. Sheep often graze on this headland. Look out for the black choughs and their bright orange beaks in this area.

There are over 15 hectares of wildflower meadows to explore which provide a rich source of food for pollinators over the summer.

Adventurous exploring

If the tide is out, the adventurous can cross the rocky causeway to the tidal island of Worm’s Head. Grey seals can be seen lazing on the rocks below. Watch out for changes in the tide that cut the island off from the mainland.

Be brave and go in search of the Neolithic burial chambers, Bronze Age cairns and Iron Age forts that make their home along the coastline.

A dog leaps in the air to catch a ball on the beach
Fun for all the family on the beach | © National Trust Images / Hilary Daniel

A family favourite - for dogs too

Keep the kids happy with eye-spy family trails from the shop. Be sure they pack their ‘50 Things’ list.

The Gower Peninsula is a popular destination for dog owners, with Rhosili beach allowing year-round access for dogs.

Rhosili offers something for everyone. With such a wide expanse of space there’s plenty of room too.

A visitor sits with her back to the camera looking out at the view of the bay at Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Wales, down the cliff to a sandy beach with clear blue seas beyond and sunny blue skies in the distance.

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