The journey from Birmingham to Swansea in Wales takes you through some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, so by catching the train, you can relax and watch the scenery roll by. Maybe, however, you prefer to use your time surfing the net via the free Wifi available onboard.

Swansea, the second-largest city in Wales, is part of the stunning scenery of the south coast, which also includes the glorious Gower Peninsula and the curved bay. It has a vibrantly colourful history and offers its rich cosmopolitan culture to every visitor to enjoy.

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Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum houses collections of artefacts from centuries past. Interactive displays, including the exciting story of Wales itself, alongside cutting edge exhibits, makes this a great place to bring the children. Mummies from Ancient Egypt, pottery and mosaics that originated centuries ago in Greece and Rome, and some of the most important finds from pre-Bronze Age Wales, this museum is home to a treasure trove of objects. 

Retail lovers have Swansea’s answer to Oxford Street to explore. Lined with all the high street big names and designer brands, and many that are quintessentially Welsh, this is the place to shop. Independent boutiques showcasing local crafts and unusual gifts can be found tucked in between the bright lights, but head toward the Market for an even more eclectic collection of goods. Under the Victorian curved glass ceiling, you can browse the hundred plus stalls full of artisan wares, studio pieces and delicious local treats. 

If you need to chill out and fancy a walk on the wild side, the fabulous Gower Peninsula is breathtakingly beautiful. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these natural sand dunes, salt marshland and dramatic limestone cliffs possess the power to reinvigorate and energise, and this is the perfect place for a picnic. The diversity of the flora here - over 700 species, is down to the geology and unspoiled history of the peninsula. Watch out for pods of visiting bottle-nosed dolphins and harbour porpoises who often visit the bay, while kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills skim the waves. Simply glorious! 

Gower Surfing, the highly acclaimed watersports school, offers one-off lessons or longer courses from the peninsula’s beach, which are perfectly designed for beginners or teaching tricks to the more experienced surfers and bodyboarders. 

After such an exciting day, catch the train home to Birmingham while planning your next visit. Save money on tickets by checking our downloadable mobile phone app for special offers, leaving you more to spend when you return to Swansea.