Open from 10.00am – 5pm daily, the Heritage Centre is a great way to spend some time learning about the area's past. Based at a 12th century water-mill, there is a mix of exhibits ranging from a farm museum to an old woollen mill. There is lots for children to do, with craft activities, an old fashioned games arcade, sandpit area, adventure playground, soft play area, tractor play area, and an animal farm. Also at the centre is La Charrette - Wales’ smallest cinema!
It may sound a little strange to list a shop as a “thing to do,” but some would say that you haven’t been to Gower unless you have stopped for an ice cream at Shepherd's.
Walk to Three Cliffs Bay:
You can walk to Three Cliffs Bay from Southgate village, Penmaen village, or from here at Parkmill - take your pick. You can park at the Heritage Centre, Shepherd's shop or in the season there is usually a field opened just across the main road. The path to the beach runs from the main road across the river and through the woods. Follow the link to our Gower Walks page for a printable guide to the walk.
More About Parkmill Village
As you can see Parkmill is a small village with a lot to offer. The name is derived from the medieval deer park of the De Breos lords, which once covered some 2000 acres of the surrounding area. The mill originating from the 12th century simply became known as the park's mill, a name which the surrounding village also assumed.
Welcoming visitors at the eastern end of the village, is the Gower Inn, sitting at the end of Ilston valley - a lovely quiet place to walk if you have the time.
Adjacent to the Gower Inn in the heart of the village is the former school that is now home to the West Glamorgan Girl Guides Activity Centre.
Once you have passed through the “narrows” into the Western end of the village you will find the small Mount Pisgah United Reformed Church, a Congregational chapel, erected in 1822 and rebuilt in 1890 and now used as a community centre.
This end of the village is also home to the Heritage Centre and village shop.
Parc Le Breos House