View of the Three Cliff Bay Swansea

Places to stay in Swansea

Welcome to Swansea

Visit the seaside city of Swansea.

Situated on the south coast of Wales, Swansea is packed full of maritime history. From the National Waterfront Museum to the boats in Swansea Marina, and the Dylan Thomas Centre, there's plenty of this country's rich heritage to explore.

YHA hostels in Swansea

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YHA Gower

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En suite rooms available
YHA Rhossili Local View

YHA Rhossili

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Private rooms available
Self-catering kitchen

Things to do in Swansea

Five free things to do in Swansea

Singleton Botanical Gardens

These beautiful botanical gardens house a collection of colourful flowers, large glasshouses of exotic plants and a contained desert environment with cacti and succulents.

Wales Coast Path

This coastal walking route passes through both Swansea and Gower, stretching along the seafront for miles. It's perfect for exploring the beaches and seeing views over the bay.

Afan Forest

While Afan Forest is popular among hikers and walkers of all abilities, it's particularly suited to mountain biking. Over 14 routes wind through the trees, providing something for all levels and abilities.

Landmarks

Swansea Bay is filled with landmarks and remnants of the area's history and heritage. Cefn Bryn, which promises panoramic views over the countryside, is also the home of Arthur's Stone, while in Rhossili Bay you'll find the famous Helvetica shipwreck.

National Waterfront Museum

Dedicated to Swansea's maritime heritage, this museum covers centuries of industry and innovation across the country. Everything from geology, art and textiles is on display, ideal for a rainy afternoon.

The best of countryside and coast in Swansea

Swansea's location on the south coast of Wales makes it an ideal location for those seeking a holiday exploring the Welsh countryside. The city itself is home to plenty of museums, gardens and parks, meaning that even if you want to stay within the city, there's plenty to keep your itinerary filled up, but if you want to head out to the surrounding area, you'll find activities and adventures in the neighbouring villages, as well as on the seafront.

Mumbles and Gower are two popular seaside resorts, both less than 20 minutes from the city.

Big Pit

Big Pit National Coal Museum

With facilities to educate and entertain, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Don't miss the underground tour.

Craig y Nos

Craig y Nos Country Park

Craig y Nos is over 40 acres of parkland with riverside walks through woodland and meadows. The park is also used as a base to study the flora and fauna of the area.

Cycling in Rhossili

Cycling in Rhossili

Whether you are after a gentle ride along the bay or something more adventurous, this stunning area has a variety of terrains and tracks for all abilities.

Bushcraft

Dryad Bushcraft

Understand the basic principles and techniques of bushcraft, so that you can adapt confidently to any environment.       Visit the website

Mountain Biking in Rhossili

Mountain Biking in Rhossili

Whether you are after a gentle ride along the bay or something more adventurous, this stunning area has a variety of terrains and tracks for all abilities.

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle

This mighty fortress is largely intact and its endless passages, tunnels and stairways are great to explore. Make sure you don't miss the medieval life exhibitions.

Running at YHA Rhossili

Running at YHA Rhossili

Rhossili Bay This wonderful run has a north and a south loop, including some of the area’s most stunning landmarks.

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The Waterfront Museum

The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.       Visit the website    

Walking and Rambling at YHA Rhossili Bunkhouse

Walking and rambling in Rhossili

The RSPB Rhossili Coastal Trail offers a mix of dramatic cliffs, large beach, undulating upland and wild seascape. This walk guarantees great views and exciting birdlife to spot throughout the year.

Watersports in Rhossili

Watersports in Rhossili

The bunkhouse offers a wide variety of watersports with a trained instructor, so you're safe in the knowledge you can have lots of water fun and be in safe hands.