If you're heading into Swansea city centre, be sure to make a quick detour to admire the imposing shape of this grand castle.
The castle was originally built by the English Lord Henry de Beaumont in 1106 as a base from which to rule the lordship of Gower. Though it survived several attacks from the Welsh, the original castle eventually fell in 1217. The façade you see today was constructed at the beginning of the 13th-century using stone quarried from near the seaside village of Ogmore, a few miles southeast of Swansea.
This thick Sutton stone certainly did the trick and even the intense bombing that plagued Swansea during the Second World War was not enough to bring the historic castle to the ground.
Study the south side of the castle and notice the archaic arched portals that line the wall. Look closely and you can also make out thin arrow-loops as well as gun ports that were added around the middle of the 1400s.
Make sure you get a photo of the giant tower from the fountain square in front of the castle and look through the windows on the north side into the long main hall.
Swansea Castle is located at the bottom of Castle Street, a short walk from the middle of the city. It is free to explore the grounds.