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Oxwich Bay Beach

Stroll along one of Britain’s most picturesque beaches and follow the trails into the nature reserve for its diverse landscape.

Sand dunes and a forest decorate the quiet refuge of Oxwich Bay Beach in the outskirts of Swansea. Water sports and sunbathing are among the activities along this picturesque stretch of sand. Hike through the wild region to appreciate its varied terrain of salt marshes, streams and mossy cliffs.

Several magazines have considered this spot among the most beautiful beaches in the country. Capture photos of the impressive sand dunes with a background of green woodland. Climb the surrounding hills for panoramic views of the bay and Bristol Channel.

Although it is a popular spot for families with kids, use caution, as no lifeguard is on duty at Oxwich Bay Beach. Take the family dog on a walk on the sand. Find a spot to sunbathe and set up a picnic. The beach’s secluded setting means it remains uncrowded even on the hottest summer days.

Cool down with a swim in the sea or bring diving gear for an underwater experience. Watch the boats and Jet Skis zooming along the water. Diving, sailing and water skiing are popular sports here. Rent gear from Oxwich Watersports, which has training courses and thrilling activities.

Footpaths lead into the woods, meandering around the trees. Encounter the Church of St. Illtyd and the Sands at Horton. Beyond the sand dunes, make your way to the wetlands of Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. Notice delicate wildflowers growing on the chalky terrain and spot a range of birds and insects.

Buy souvenirs and beach equipment from one of the shops behind the beach. Get refreshments and snacks from several cafés. Oxwich Bay Hotel offers upscale dining with a view of the beach.

The bay is free to visit and remains open year-round. Leave the car at the nearby parking lot and make use of the restroom facilities provided.

Oxwich Bay Beach is a 13-mile (21-kilometer) journey west from Swansea, which should take less than 40 minutes by car. You can also reach the beach by bus.


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Oxwich Bay Hotel £112
Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay, Swansea, Wales
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Swansea, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Oxwich Bay Beach and Oxwich Castle. Port Eynon Beach is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

    Gower, Oxwich, Amazing Views, Sleeps 4
    Gower, Oxwich, Amazing Views, Sleeps 4

    Gower, Oxwich, Amazing Views, Sleeps 4

       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Swansea, this chalet is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxwich Bay Beach and Oxwich Castle. Rhossili Beach and Three Cliffs Bay Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      King Arthur Hotel £85
      King Arthur Hotel

      King Arthur Hotel

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Swansea, this inn is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Oxwich Bay Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Oxwich Castle and Rhossili Beach. Three Cliffs Bay Beach and Port Eynon Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Ideal Location For Families Who Want Seclusion And Dramatic Coastal Scenery
        Ideal Location For Families Who Want Seclusion And Dramatic Coastal Scenery

        Ideal Location For Families Who Want Seclusion And Dramatic Coastal Scenery

           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxwich Bay Beach and Oxwich Castle. Port Eynon Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

          Parc Le Breos House £108
          Parc Le Breos House

          Parc Le Breos House

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Swansea, this golf bed & breakfast is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Three Cliffs Bay Beach and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Oxwich Bay Beach. Oxwich Castle and Brandy Cove are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Berry Garden Cottage Berry Hall, New to the Rental Market for 2019
            Berry Garden Cottage Berry Hall, New to the Rental Market for 2019

            Berry Garden Cottage Berry Hall, New to the Rental Market for 2019

            Swansea, Wales
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this cottage is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Port Eynon Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Oxwich Castle. Oxwich Bay Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

              Attached to the 18th Century Gower House Berry Hall and Tucked Away
              Attached to the 18th Century Gower House Berry Hall and Tucked Away

              Attached to the 18th Century Gower House Berry Hall and Tucked Away

              Swansea, Wales
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this historic cottage is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Port Eynon Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Oxwich Castle. Oxwich Bay Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                Culver House Hotel £95
                Culver House Hotel

                Culver House Hotel

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Swansea, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Port Eynon Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Rhossili Beach and Mewslade Bay Beach. Oxwich Castle and National Trust Rhossili Shop & Visitor Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).