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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.

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Things to do in Swansea

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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.


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. Visit the Big Pit website

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.


Dryad Bushcraft

Dryad Bushcraft is dedicated to providing the highest standard of Wilderness Bushcraft training.

Oxwich Castle with Oxwich Bay

Oxwich Castle

Remains of a mock-fortified manor house, with evidence of sumptuous accommodation, built during the prosperous 16th century. Visit the website

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.

Swansea Bay area

Swansea Bay and area

Discover Swansea, the seaside resort of Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula. Don't miss the enchanting Afan and Vale of Neath. Visit the website  

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Swansea Market

Explore the largest indoor market in Wales and sample the local delights like cockles, lavabread and bacon. Visit the Market website

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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    

Worm's Head, Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Walking and Rambling in Gower

Get back to nature and stride out on foot to explore the beauty of this part of the country.  Whether it be walking routes or off the beaten track, you’re sure to enjoy wandering around and takin