At less than half an hour’s journey from Port Talbot by rail, the beautiful historic city of Swansea is the perfect destination for an impromptu afternoon out. With our flexible Off-peak Tickets, you’ll save money while enjoying the same great benefits, including free onboard WiFi.
Famous for its laverbread and cockles, not to mention renowned local son Dylan Thomas, Swansea is Wales’s second-largest city. With the unusual distinction of being an official Area of Outstanding National Beauty and also a modern metropolitan centre for culture, sports and politics, there’s something for every persuasion here. Its position on Wales’s southwest coast commands spectacular views across the Gower Peninsula and beyond, as well as affording access to the Vale of Glamorgan with its miles of unspoilt scenery.
Swansea’s Palaeolithic origins have left it rich in archaeological sites, including Bronze and Iron Age dwellings and the remains of a Roman villa. The Middle Ages saw the settlement fought over by the early Welsh kingdoms, attracted by its valuable land and status as a trading post, until it was finally claimed by the Normans in the late 11th century. Building Swansea Castle soon after, they cemented the area’s reputation as one of vital importance to the realm. Later, Swansea would play a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution with its factories and engineering works, producing essential base metals and earning it the nickname Copperopolis.
With its rich cultural heritage, over the years Swansea has made huge contributions to the arts - not only nationally, but internationally. The National Eisteddfod has been a regular fixture since 1863, and the Uplands area hosts an annual Dylan Thomas Festival commemorating the poet, who hailed from this part of the city. The performing arts are also well-represented in Swansea, with its Grand Theatre’s regular programme ranging from pantomime and drama to opera and ballet. For alfresco productions of Shakespeare’s plays, Oystermouth Castle’s beautiful grounds provide the perfect setting. Singleton Park presents year-round parties and concerts for all tastes, and the Gower Folk Festival is beloved by fans of traditional music.
A popular location for TV and film productions including Doctor Who, Twin Town and Submarine, Swansea has been immortalised numerous times on the big screen. But it’s also a firm favourite for retail therapy, with its wealth of independent shops including legendary vintage outlet Hobos. Why not explore artisan makers and boutique bookshops across the city, with many offering student discounts to the thriving university community. Afterwards, relax and sample worldwide cuisine in one of the city’s many cafés and restaurants, or enjoy a peaceful pint in one of its inviting micro pubs and bars.
You’ll never see it all in a day, so why not download our free app on the way home - and get cracking with planning your next trip to Swansea? We know you’ll be eager to return - and with our fabulous Off-peak tickets, you’ll have more money to spend on having fun in this vibrant city.
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