A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

Found in a secluded spot on the Gower Peninsula is a castle known locally, so I am told, as Wobbly Castle. Weobley Castle, pronounced web-lee, was the scene of our second to last dragon hunt in Wales. In my effort to squeeze in as many South Wales castles as we could before we left the UK, BattleKid and I went on a dragon hunting adventure at Weobley Castle after visiting a friend one April Saturday afternoon.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

Weobley Castle is a 14th century fortified manor house on the Gower Peninsula, which overlooks Llanrhidian saltmarshes and the Loughor estuary. Built by the de la Bere family, stewards to William De Braose, Lord of Gower, it’s final owner, Emily Talbot gave it to the state in 1911 and it is now in the care of Cadw.

Having seen pictures of Weobley Castle online, I thought it might be a good spot for a dragon hunt. So, after visiting a friend in Swansea one Saturday morning, BattleKid and I drove out to the Gower. Now, Weobley Castle was quite a drive from my friend’s house in Swansea. Add another 45 minutes onto that journey to get home and I was hoping it would be worth it.

When we arrived, we found the very small car park, and to be honest, I wasn’t even sure we were allowed to park there. But we were, it’s just big enough for 5 cars. We had some trouble finding where to show our Cadw membership cards as there was no ticket office like the other castles we’ve visited. Turns out, it was a small room off the side of the farmhouse beside the castle, which doubles as the gift shop. But no-one was there.

After a few minutes of waiting, I gave up. As I had a membership card I thought if anyone wanted to check we had paid, I could simply show my card. So off we went to explore the castle.

We rounded the farm yard and were met with a lovely sight. The castle sits beside a working farm but is mostly hidden from view until after the farm. Weobley Castle is quite small too. It’s nowhere near as big as the other castles we’ve visited on our dragon hunting adventures. The only one smaller is Abergavenny Castle. That said it wasn’t going to stop us seeing if a dragon lurked inside.

One of the first things that struck me as we approached the castle was the views across the Loughor estuary. Although it wasn’t the brightest of days, the views were wonderful. No wonder the de la Bere family chose this spot for their manor house.

We entered the castle through what seems to be the main gate and turned left. We came across a room with an exhibition, which I later discovered is entitled: Weobley: A Gower Castle and the Peninsula through the Ages”. BattleKid was not interested, he was here to hunt a dragon. So we began.

 

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

Holes in walls, under stairs, in nooks and crannies, we searched every bit of that room and the adjacent one. Having no luck, we left this room and went outside to continue our hunt for the Weobley Castle dragon.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

At this stage the sun was trying to peek through the clouds and BattleKid took a breather to enjoy it in the grassy courtyard, while picking daisies for me. After picking a billion daisies from the grass, we continued our dragon hunt around the courtyard, checking the many nooks and crannies he could have been hiding in. And we found him, in a rather big recess in a wall. BattleKid was thrilled and gave him a big hug.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

We had found the dragon and our work was done. We left the castle and stopped at a fence in the car park to watch some sheep before having a snack at the car before setting home after a very successful visit to this small, but lovely castle on the Gower Peninsula.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

Things to note if you go on a dragon hunting adventure at Weobley Castle

  • Weobley Castle is a Cadw site, meaning you gain free entry if you are a member.
  • The Castle is open as follows: November to March 9.30am to 5pm, while between April and October it is open from 9.30am to 6pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • Note, that the castle is open every day except the 24th, 25th and 26th December, and also 1st January.
  • Entry costs £4.00 per adult and £2.60 for children under 16, seniors and students. Under 5’s get free entry.
  • There are visitor toilets located in the farmhouse garden. However, there are no baby changing facilities.
  • The castle is difficult to access with a wheelchair or buggy, due to the different levels of the castle.
  • Weobley Castle is a non-smoking site.
  • There is a small gift shop but no café.
  • Weobley Castle has a small car park with 5 spaces. However, there is further space for cars on the roadside.
  • Weobley Castle is not located within a village. That said you drive through several before arriving at the castle and each have cafes or pubs suitable for getting refreshments if you wish.

 

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

 

Although a small ruined manor house, BattleKid and I thoroughly enjoyed out dragon hunting adventure at Weobley Castle and can highly recommend you visit it if you are in the Gower. You won’t spend more than an hour or two at it, so you could combine it with lunch in one of the nearby villages for a nice family day out. I’m really happy we made an effort to visit this South Wales castle. Despite it being nearly an hour and a half’s drive from where we were living, it was worth it.

Cath x

*Prices and visiting times correct at the time of writing this post.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle - A great castle in the Gower to go on a dragon hunt with young kids.

A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle - We enjoyed a dragon hunting adventure at Weobley Castle in the Gower before we left the UK.
A Dragon Hunting Adventure at Weobley Castle

Be In The Picture 4

I cannot believe April has come and gone already. I don’t know where that month has gone and it’s been a busy one indeed. Already it is time for another Be in the Picture post. If you missed last months you can catch it again, Be in the Picture 3.

The month started with BattleDad being away on the bike with friends. i took the opportunity to visit a friend in Swansea. While we were that way I decided to do a spot of dragon hunting with BattleKid at Weobly Castle, which my friend referred to as Wobbly castle! BattleKid and I had a lovely hour or two exploring this ruined castle, which sits on the side of a working farm. The views across to Pembrey and Burry Port were amazing. It’s easy to see why someone would build a castle there.be in the picture 4

The following weekend we had a photo shoot with Donna of Sweet Whimsy Photography and the results are amazing yet again. I’ll be sharing them across Instagram and via a blog post once we receive the digital prints. If I get a chance I will edit this post to include one of my favourites from that day.

Next on our busy agenda was our trip to Portugal to visit my mum and dad and finalise our moving plans. We enjoyed our time there, convinced more than ever we are making the right decision. We had fun in the pool, even if it was a little cold, and even made time to visit the beach. That’s me making fun of my nephew who loves iced tea!be in the picture 4 be in the picture 4

Last weekend saw us visit Caerphilly Castle to see the two dragons, which were amazing. That’s me and my photographer’s assistant! Of course we had to get one with the dragons themselves although BattleKid wasn’t too keen.be in the picture 4 be in the picture 4

And last but by no means least, we finally visited Wenallt Woods to capture some bluebell photographs. While I had my DSLR out, BattleDad kindly took charge of my G7X and caught this very special one of BattleKid and myself.be in the picture 4

And here are a few other crazy moments of fun from April featuring yours truly.

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Pulling tongues at Weobley Castle
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Sunday morning selfie before swimming (the car is parked FYI)
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Fun before dinner the night before flying to Portugal
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A tender moment with my boy

Joining in with Kerry of Kerry Louise Norris and Alana of Baby Holiday in their Be in the Picture community in which they encourage us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up. Why not join in yourself.

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This weekend BattleDad was away on his bike so it was just myself and BattleKid. We visited a friend on Saturday morning and then headed to the Gower to visit a castle that has been on our to-do list. Weobley Castle is quite a small one but has amazing views across to the Pembrey coastline. We spent just over an hour at the castle, exploring the rooms and searching for the dragon. And yes of course we found him, hiding in a large hole in one wall.

The weather was absolutely lovely for our visit and we had a very small picnic before making our way home after our visit. We had a lovely time together at the castle and it’s another Welsh Castle off our list.

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14/52 My Sunday Photo: 02/04/2017

Yesterday BattleKid and I were flying solo so after visiting a friend in Swansea we took a drive out to the Gower to visit Weobley Castle. It was on our hit list and as we were out that direction it made sense to spend an hour or two there, rather than having to go out of our way to visit it. Weobley Castle is quite small compared to some of the other South Wales castles we’ve been to but it has some amazing views across the estuary of the River Loughor towards the Pembrey coastline. Of course we also did a spot of dragon hunting while we were there and those pictures will be featured on the blog tomorrow in my Living Arrows post.
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