Hop on a direct train from Bridgend to Swansea, and you can be enjoying the attractions in as little as forty minutes. There are trains running this route throughout the day, from approximately 06.00 til 01.00.
Swansea is the second largest city in Wales, and sits at the mouth of the River Tawe. Thanks to the export of iron, coal and copper (earning Swansea the nickname, Copperopolis), it became a thriving trade centre, and now enjoys a vibrant and diverse cultural life.
Whether you’re visiting Swansea for business or pleasure, you can’t fail to appreciate the fresh coastal air as you alight from the train. With this heightening your senses, sightseeing is a must.
Part of the National Museum of Wales, the Waterfront Museum offers a fun, immersive maritime adventure. However, there are also a wide variety of courses and classes run from this impressive waterfront building, including learning all about Swansea’s own son, war poet Dylan Thomas. Art galleries, including the Tate affiliated Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, with its impressive collection of Monet works and Bedwyr Williams pieces, theatres, and award winning restaurants make Swansea a worthy place to travel to by train.
Shopaholics beware as Swansea’s Oxford Street rivals it's better known cousin with the wealth of names, designer labels, and visiting fashionistas. However, if you prefer a more eclectic, boutique-based retail experience, try the many markets and arcades. These are a sheer joy to wander through, browsing whilst snacking on local delicacies such as laver bread, Burry Bay mussels or mature Welsh cheese. The cosmopolitan Marina, vibrant and buzzing, is well worth a visit, particularly at night, with the many twinkling lights reflected by the harbour’s clear, still water.