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Pwll-Du Bay
Bishopston is located in Swansea
Population 3,251 (ward 2011)
OS grid reference SS5888
  • Bishopston
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SWANSEA
Postcode district SA3
Dialling code 01792
Police South Wales
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
  • Gower
Welsh Assembly
  • Gower
List of places
51°34′30″N 4°03′04″W / 51.575°N 4.051°W / 51.575; -4.051

Bishopston (Welsh: [Llandeilo Ferwallt] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help), historically also Llanmerwallt and Llancyngur Trosgardi) is a large village and community situated on the Gower Peninsula, some 6 miles (9.7 km) west south west of the centre of Swansea in South Wales.

It is partly within the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The church, located at the head of Bishopston Valley, is dedicated to St Teilo who gives the village its Welsh name. Bishopston gives its name to the Bishopston Mudstone, a name used by geologists to refer to a rock formation with a widespread occurrence in south Wales.

Tourist attractions

Many people visiting Bishopston are attracted to its coastline, mainly Caswell Bay because of its easy accessibility, car parking, seasonal bus service, shops and cafes, public tolets, open air showers, and seasonal lifeguarding. Other Bishopston beaches, such as Pwll Du and Brandy Cove, which can only be visited on foot, remain untouched by the majority of visitors.

Population and housing

The population of Bishopston has increased steadily from the beginning of the 19th century. In 1801, the first census of England and Wales reported that 303 people were living in 73 houses in the parish of Bishopston. By 1931 the population had increased to around 1,500 people living in 369 houses. In 2001 the population of the village was 3,341. The village experienced significant growth between the First and Second World Wars and in the 1960s.

Bishopston's rural location has influenced the pattern of its development. Most dwellings are detached or semi-detached and benefit from generous gardens. As a result, property in Bishopston is expensive by the standards of most of South Wales and is beyond the reach of many first time buyers. Nearly all of the property in Bishopston is privately owned, with only 1% of homes rented from the local authority.

Bishopston and the Gower was named one of the best places to live in Wales in 2017.


Bishopston has its own rugby club, South Gower RFC, and a football side named South Gower AFC.


The town has its own schools, Bishopston Primary School and Bishopston Comprehensive School. Bishopston Comprehensive School is currently undergoing a series of refurbishments, including the construction of a new block. The new building will accommodate drama, science & art facilities.

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