About Gower and Llangennith
The Gower Peninsula in South Wales was the first place in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. It is a truly unique corner of the world and has something to offer everyone. Renowned for its award-winning beaches and scenic views, the peninsula also boasts castles and churches, numerous caves which are of international importance. Add to this the rural expanse of the moor and common land, farms and marsh it’s not hard to see the fascination of Gower.
To find out more about Gower’s caves, shipwrecks and ghost stories, as well as printable information sheets about its attractions, beaches and legends, visit the Gower Infomation Site which offers a vast collection of informative and entertaining information.
The village of Llangennith or “Llangenydd” (meaning Church of St Cenydd) nestles between the slopes of three hills; Llanmadoc Hill, Rhossili Down and Hardingsdown.
St. Cenydd’s church is the largest church in Gower built in the 12th Century. It got its name as it was founded by St. Cenydd who in the 6th Century founded a priory here but this was destroyed by Vikings in 986. The large fortified square tower is curiously placed north of the nave. A short stroll South of the church is the ruined village of Coety green.
Llangennith is a popular destination with families and surfers and its regarded as the surfing capital of Gower. The bay stretches for over three miles where you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean pounding onto the shore. For information about the current surf conditions or hiring surfboards visit P.J.’s Surf Shop. For surf lessons try WSF Surf School.
Not only popular with surfers Llangennith offers a host of walks and opportunities to explore all the reasons that Gower was designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From coastal strolls to more extensive walks for the eager rambler, Gower offers it all. Within our guest information in all our rooms we have some guided walks for you, and if you still want some extra information just ask our staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction.
There are many historical sites and points of interest to visit in Gower. Weobley castle is a very picturesque fortified manor house and with outstanding views over Llanrhidian Marsh and Loughor Estuary is definitely worth a visit. This is also the home to quite a lot of our Marsh lamb that features on our menu so you may be able to buy some to take home with you.
Arthur’s Stone on Cefn Bryn is a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C although there are many stories behind this including that it was a stone in King Arthur’s shoe and he threw it all the way from Carmarthenshire! It was one of the first sites to be protected under the ancient monuments act of 1882.
We are only one mile from Rhossili Beach which was voted Best Beach in Britain and 3rd overall in Europe! It is a fabulous 4-mile beach with Worms Head one end and Bury Holmes the other.