What better way to explore the Southern coast of Wales than to visit Swansea Bay.
A vibrant coastal destination that's ideal for those seeking coast or countryside exploration and adventure, Swansea Bay and Gower has to be a destination of choice. Swansea is famed for the world famous Gower Peninsula (Britain’s very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty over 60 years ago) and the seaside village of Mumbles but we mustn't forget the city's cultural influence because Swansea’s most famous son was the poet and writer Dylan Thomas.
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Swansea Bay is a popular destination for couples looking for a peaceful getaway on the coast. Alongside numerous attractions within the city of Swansea, the stunning nature havens of the Gower Peninsula are just on its doorstep, offering a rare glimpse of an undisturbed coastal habitat and the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Liberty Stadium: Swansea is a major city for sport, and the Liberty Stadium is home to the biggest local rugby team; the Ospreys, and to Swansea City Football Club. Catch a game or take a tour and see behind the scenes.
- Swansea Market: Enjoy a memorable shopping experience and sample some wonderful local produce at Swansea Market – the largest indoor market in Wales. If this is not enough, in the city centre you’ll find more than 200 stores for those that love some retail therapy.
- Gower Peninsular: An 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) with many beautiful beaches such as Langland, Three Cliffs, Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay.
- Dylan Thomas’ Birthplace: Go back in time to the house in which the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was born, lived with his family, and wrote nearly two-thirds of his published work.
A Weekend in Swansea Bay
Voted the best place to live in Wales 2021, come and see what the fuss is about. With a huge variety of independent shops, cafes restaurants and ice cream parlours, Mumbles is a great day out. In popular tourist seasons the ‘Mumbles Land Train’ transports people to and from Mumbles from Swansea making your visit even easier.
Beaches, beaches and more beaches. The Gower Peninsular is filled with great walks and views, and must-see beaches. Three Cliffs Bay is regularly voted one of the most dramatic locations in Britain, with meandering streams, and even a castle on the hill. The huge sweep of Rhossili Bay, featuring the broad expanse of Llangennith beach is equally awe-inspiring – Worm’s Head feels like the edge of the world.
Parks and gardens
If you have had enough of the beaches, but still enjoy getting out in nature there are numerous parks and gardens to escape into, such as Singleton Park and Clyne Gardens. If the weather isn’t great, step inside Plantasia – Swansea’s hi-tech hot house – with Tropical and Arid zones to explore. Did you know? You can get 20% off entry to Plantasia when travelling by train.
Swansea is well known for its nightlife, and is now home to Swansea Arena, South Wales' newest multi-purpose entertainment and events space. You can also check out what's on at the Grand Theatre.