Taste of rural life on Gower Peninsula

Gower Heritage Centre

Museum based around a working 12th century watermill

Set in the heart of the Gower Peninsula just west of Swansea, the Gower Heritage Centre is a rural-life museum based around a working 12th century watermill.

Established in 1990, it is recognised as a vibrant community for crafts and welcomes visitors from all around the world.

The centre houses displays about the history of agriculture on the peninsula, including a fully-operational watermill and an outdoor museum of antique farming and cultivation equipment.

The craft workshops on the site include puppet-making, pottery and woollen crafts and there is an old-fashioned games arcade, as well as a sandpit area, adventure playground, play areas, animal farm and Wales' smallest cinema, La Charrette.

Every day there are guided tours of the corn and saw mill, with demonstrations of wood-turning and how flour is made. The blacksmith also fires up the forge to show how it was used and there is a collection of traditional Welsh coracles, which - weather permitting - visitors can see in action to learn how they were used on the rivers and estuaries of Wales.

The centre is located at Parkmill and is only a 15-minute walk from Three Cliffs Bay, one of the most breathtaking bays in the Gower, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visit the Gower Heritage Centre website