If you’re looking for a wedding location that you can fall head over heels in love with, then you can’t get much more perfect than Gower. Now, we might be just a tad biased but there’s no place that we’d rather be. Here are the top 10 reasons you’ll fall in love with Gower from the moment you see it.
- The unspoiled beauty
Gower was the first place in Britain to become an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This means that everything that you love about Gower will remain unspoiled. You won’t find any high-rise hotels or neon beach bars here; just miles of stunning beaches.
- The beaches
Gower is home to an array of award-winning beaches. However, the jewel in the crown has to be Rhossili Bay. Voted as the third best beach in Europe, Rhossili Bay is a 3-mile stretch of white sand and picturesque coastline.
- The wildlife
The diverse landscape of Gower means that it’s a great habitat for many different types of wildlife. With its coastal cliffs, sand dunes, salt marshes, fresh water ponds and open commons on both acid and limestone soils, Gower is the perfect place for wildlife lovers.
Gower’s woodlands are filled with plenty of birdsong including that of blackcaps, warblers and goldcrests. You’ll also catch sight of seabirds gliding over the dramatic cliff faces. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some puffins in the spring.
- The adventure
From canoeing to rock-climbing, Gower is a great place to unleash your inner adventurer and explorer. There’s even the option to go paragliding or skydiving for those of you who are a little bit braver; we hear that the views are even more incredible from above.
- The surfer’s dream
When conditions are right, Gower has some of the best surf in Wales. Whether you’re a surfing sensation or a newbie, Gower is a great place to ride the waves. There are plenty of expert surf instructors around who will be more than happy to show you the ropes.
- The location
Gower is a tranquil haven and it can often feel like you’re hidden away in your own little world when you’re amongst all that wildlife and natural beauty. Yet Swansea city centre is practically on the doorstep, which means you can get the best of both worlds.
- Worm’s Head
It’s made up of two rocky islands linked from the mainland by a causeway and joined together by a slender piece of rock called the Devil’s Bridge. You can walk across to Worm’s Head if the tide is right but take care and make sure you check the tide times first so you don’t get stranded!
- The history
The area around Gower is full of history, including right beneath your feet. The caves around the coast provided shelter for nomadic Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers. One area became known as the ‘bone caves’ due to the large amount of human and animal remains and artefacts. Gower’s very own Stone Age man was also discovered within one of these famous caves.
Gower is also renowned for its many beautiful churches. One of the most famous at Rhossili is over 800 years old. Gower’s rich history also included pirates, and Lundy Island was known to be a pirate lair for the first half of the 13th century. Because of this, the tall tower at Llanrhidian church was used as a look out to warn the surrounding villages. Luckily, we’re bit more welcoming nowadays!
- The culture
Those who are looking for a bit of culture will delight in the many art galleries, cafes, fascinating landmarks and ancient burial sites that Gower has to offer. Set in the heart of Gower Peninsula, you will also find the Gower Heritage Centre which is a rural life museum and craft centre based around a working 12th century water-mill. Whether you want to delve deep into the history and culture of Gower or you simply want to enjoy the views, there is something for everyone.
- Last but not least… Oldwalls Gower
We’re not the type to brag, but we like to think that we encapsulate that famous Gower charm perfectly in our rustic five-star retreat.
If you’ve already fallen in love with each other and Gower as a whole, then all that’s left is for you to fall in love with our venue. Book now to attend a wedding showcase and we’ll show you the magic of Oldwalls Gower.
Images by Marc Smith