RHOSSILI SUNFLOWERS PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

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Last Updated on August 6, 2022 by seanmichaelpritchard

Hundreds of locals from Swansea and the Gower peninsula, in addition to tourists from afar, travel to Rhossili Bay every year to capture the ultimate summer photos amid the stunning sunflowers.

This guide aims to tell you everything you need to know about the Rhossili sunflowers. You’ll find out where to go, when to go, and how to get the perfect sunflower snaps that you will be proud to share.

Originally, the only sunflower fields around Rhossili Bay were on property owned and managed by the National Trust.

They were a popular attraction and helped provide important habitat for pollinators such as bees! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the Trust was unable to sow the fields in 2020.

Instead, local Gower farmer Rob stepped in and purchased two fields next to the National Trust site, planting thousands of sunflowers so people of all ages could still enjoy them over the summer.

Rob Morgan of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees now runs this Sunflower farm on an annual basis. He has established a wonderful attraction that has been well received by both locals and tourists.

There are two fields to wander through. The first one is a “pick your own” field with hundreds of sunflowers and wildflowers to take home (each stem costs £1.50, or £5 for a bunch).

The other field has a beautiful sunflower trail to explore and a seashore safari with wooden sculptures to find. 

There is also a cafe on the grounds that promotes local food and drink companies by allowing them to display their delicious treats such as seafood, Welsh cakes, and ice cream!

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At a glance, here is everything you need to know about the Rhossili Sunflower fields. (Click a link to skip ahead)

Let’s get to it!


How much does entry to the Rhossili Bay sunflowers cost?

Entry fee to the fields is £3 per person which you pay for on the gate as you walk into the fields.

It is recommended to bring cash as the card machine can be temperamental at Rhossili. 


When is the best time to visit the Rhossili Bay sunflower fields?

Summertime is sunflower season! The sunflowers in Rhossili Bay, Gower are usually predicted to be at their blooming best in August.

However, if the weather has been particularly hot the sunflowers can bloom earlier in July, or if it is a colder start to summer then they will flower late August and bloom throughout September. 

Once the season starts, the sunflowers will usually last for about 4 weeks, so don’t delay your visit.

The sunflower fields are open daily from 9am until approximately 7pm (9pm if the weather is good!).

For the latest updates and opening hours check out the Rhossili Sunflowers page on Facebook.


Getting there – Where are the Rhossili Sunflowers?

Rhossili is the westernmost point of The Gower Peninsula. It’s 19 miles from Swansea, but it seems much further.

The drive out here is an adventure in itself. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble across wild ponies, sheep, and cows on the Gower. Please be cautious and slow down if you notice any of these animals.

The Gower roads leading up to Rhossili Bay and the sunflowers parking are single lane, but there are lots of passing areas, so be patient and take your time.

With an increasing number of people travelling in Wales, it may get congested here, so avoid peak hours if possible or you may get delayed in traffic.

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Where do you park for the Rhossili Sunflowers?

Car Parking is provided at the National Trust pay & display car park at Rhossili (SA3 1PR).

National Trust members can park here for free.

For non-members, the charge for cars is £6 all day or £3 for 2 hours.


Is there Public Transport to the Rhossili Sunflowers?

There is a bus service that runs to Rhossili Bay from Swansea town centre.

Route 118 from Swansea to Rhossili departs the main bus station and takes around 45 minutes to reach Rhossili Bay sunflowers.

Weekend and holiday schedules might vary, so check ahead of time. 


What facilities are at the Rhossili Sunflowers?

Toilets are provided at the National Trust car park.

There is a small cafe on site at the Rhossili sunflowers, and the Gower also has many great cafes near by.

In addition to plenty of other cafes and the Worm’s Head pub in Rhossili village. 


Are dogs allowed at Rhossili Bay sunflowers?

Yes! Remember to bring your dog to join in the summer fun at the Rhossili sunflower fields.

Dogs on leads are welcome, and they even have their own sunflower arch!

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What accommodation is near to visit the sunflower fields at Rhossili Bay?

If you are visiting the sunflowers from afar, it would be best to base yourself in Swansea as there isn’t much variety of accommodation on the Gower peninsula itself.

Swansea is a fantastic city and the entrance to the Gower peninsula, making it an ideal base for a day trip to Rhossili Bay.

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Here are some great accommodation options to consider:

Cwtsh hostel is located in the heart of Swansea and boasts wonderful, friendly staff. The dorms are spotless, and prior guests have commented on how comfortable the mattresses are. There is a large common kitchen with a great view of Castle Square and Wind Street.

The Gower Hotel includes a restaurant, free private parking, a bar, and a garden on-site. It’s tucked away down a little lane, in a nice peaceful area that’s still easily accessible. The rooms are well-appointed and luxurious, with high-quality furnishings and fixtures. Some rooms have a terrace, while others have garden views. Previous guests have commented that the staff are very friendly and professional. 

Morgan’s Hotel, situated in Swansea’s historic Maritime Quarter, offers elegant guest rooms with complimentary breakfast. This grade II listed building is about 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre and features a comfortable restaurant and a sophisticated bar.

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Photography tips for the Rhossili Bay Sunflower fields

The sunflowers near Rhossili are particularly photogenic because of the wonderful background of the sea with Worms Head in the distance, a true Gower delight!

To make the most of your visit, here are a few photography tips for getting the best shots of the Rhossili sunflowers.
  1. There are plenty of photo opportunities to enjoy, including a gorgeous sunflower archway, a wooden swing and even a sunflower photography arch for your dogs! Use these elements to create focal points in your photos. 
  2. Hunt for various colours of sunflowers for more unique photos. There are more than just the iconic yellow sunflowers grown here, you will find a vast array of colourful sunflowers to photograph.
  3. If possible, go in the evening during golden hour. The softer light during this magical hour creates lovely photographs.
  4. Experiment by taking some macro photography of any wildlife such as bumble bees or ladybugs on the sunflowers. 
  5. Consider the composition of your photos, think about the rule of thirds and leading lines. Look for different perspectives that can create more interesting photographs.

It is certainly possible to capture some excellent shots of the sunflower fields at Rhossili Bay on one of the top phones for photography or one of the best compact travel cameras.

However, if you want to be able to get exceptional detail and sharp photos that you can print to a hang as wall art in your home, you’ll need to invest in a full frame camera.

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Ultimately, just remember to have fun! The sunflower fields in Rhossili Bay are both environmentally friendly and delightful to see.

There are several stunning photo opportunities here.

It’s a fun day out for all the family, the most important thing is to have a great time creating happy memories! 

Don’t forget to snap some photos so you can look back on them in the future!

Planning your Wales summer holiday? Don’t miss out on the Puffins at Skomer Island!

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