Ogmore Castle

Ogmore Castle

Discover magnificent views and history at Ogmore Castle

Drive through open green landscapes to find this beautiful site, just a seven-minute drive from Ogmore-by-Sea beach along the picturesque Ewenny River.

You’ll be taken aback by its stunning exterior and originality dating back to the early 12th-century as you park the car, taking in the breathtaking views surrounding this precious part of Welsh history.

Built by William de Londres and part of the Londres family until 1298, the castle was built as one of a trio of fortresses, along with Newcastle and Coity, to protect Glamorgan from attacks by the Welsh-held west.

You’ll get to explore these fascinating ruins on your visit to discover the pastimes of this magnificent landmark.

Brave the stepping stones 

Maybe you’ve packed the wellies and you’re feeling brave enough to take on the famous Ogmore Castle stepping stones?

There’s 33 to conquer, some cubic and others rectangular, as you make small, cautious steps over the Ewenny River to make it to the end.

Be sure to bring the dog along for the day too – if you’re looking for new walking routes, the open space makes Ogmore Castle the perfect place to take your dog for long, adventurous walks.

Especially if the sun’s out, why not take a picnic blanket and some delicious treats from home as you refuel and take in the powerful surroundings and stone architecture?

You may also feel the presence of the castle's ghost which protects a hidden treasure, thought to be a cauldron filled with gold.

The story goes that a man was led to this treasure by the ghost, who allowed half the treasure to be taken by the man. When the man returned to take more, the ghost was angry and attacked him with her claws.

He later died after confessing his greed, and the mythical ailment, 'Y Ladi Wen's revenge', was found to strike anyone who did not disclose where hidden treasure was before dying.

Prefer sitting indoors? A delicious pub lunch will be calling your name

Perhaps all that exploring and walking has built up an appetite?

We recommend stopping by The Watermill, where you can get stuck into some tasty classics from traditional cod and chips to a Taverner’s burger.

If it’s sunny, take it all to the outside seating area and bask in the warm sunshine as you wash it all down with a cold beer.

We’re confident you’ll want to keep coming back to Ogmore Castle. Has the stone architecture and learning about the past events here carved a new interest in historical sites in Wales?

Whether you come back with friends, the kids, or solo with the dog in tow, you’ll continue to be inspired by the striking ruins and lush green scenery which makes this place a spectacular spot for finding peace and tranquility.

Ogmore Farm,
Mid Glamorgan,
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