This 19th Century Tudor Gothic Mansion was designed by the
architect Thomas Hopper for Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
The house was built in 1830 – 40 at a cost of £50,000 using
sandstone from nearby Pyle quarry. Listed Grade I as a mansion of
exceptional quality, the Castle has some
spectacular features such as the vast stairhall and octagonal
One frequent visitor to Margam was Talbot’s cousin, Henry Fox
Talbot of Lacock. A pioneer photographer, he succeeded in taking
one of the earliest photographic views which clearly shows the
corner of the south west façade.
Until 1942, the Castle and estate remained in the ownership of
the Talbot family when it was acquired by a local landowner, Sir
David Evans Bevan, and in 1974 by the County Council, the present
owners, when it was of ruinous state.
A disastrous fire in 1977 gutted the interior. An ambitious
restoration programme was embarked upon, much has been achieved and
the programme continues.
The outbuildings house the Visitor
Centre and park administration and during the summer months,
the Great Hallway is on display to the public.