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Welsh: Ystumllwynarth
Swansea, Clyne Gardens - geograph.org.uk - 185413.jpg
The Clyne Gardens, Oystermouth
Grid reference: SS611881
Location: 51°34’30"N, 4°0’17"W
Population: 4,160  (2011)
Local Government
Council: Swansea

Oystermouth is a seaside village in Glamorgan. It sits on the south coast of Gower, filling the little headland which marks the western end of Swansea Bay. The point of the headland is known as the Mumbles.

The name 'Oystermouth' is an Anglicisation ofd the original Welsh language name Ystum Llwynarth (or Ystumllwynarth).


The village has become filled with housing stretching from the north-west to the southeast, in part overspill from Swansea, which stands around the bay to the north-east, and houses wich have grown up around the popularity of the beaches hereabouts. The sea is to the east and south of the town in the form of in Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel.

Oystermouth Castle

Two hills at Rams Tor and Mumbles Hill have little development. Mumbles Hill is now a protected nature reserve managed by the local council.

Local beaches include the southern tip of Swansea Bay, Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay. From the Mumbles Head area, there are views towards Swansea, Port Talbot, and the hills in the north of the county.

The 12th Century Oystermouth Castle is well preserved, in grounds with views over Swansea Bay.[1]

Oystermouth was served by the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, one of the very earliest passenger rail services, along a shoreline railway used in the 19th century to transport limestone and coal. The long-disused (since the 1960s) route remains as a cycle/footpath.


Oystermouth parish within the Church in Wales two churches: All Saints Church in Oystermouth and Norton Mission Church.[2]


Rowan Williams took the title Baron Williams of Oystermouth upon his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury in December 2012.[3]

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