Castle Hotel

The Parade, Neath, Swansea, Southern Wales, SA11 1RB, United Kingdom
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Satisfaction Excellent
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59
Very Good
34%
44
Average
12%
16
Poor
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4
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  • Solo62
  • Business82

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Travel Tips for Swansea

don't go

by dtsmith910

Because there is a university there are lots of college kids to hang out with. There are also plenty of clubs and bars. Drinking is the only thing to take your mind off of the fact that you haven't seen the sun in five weeks.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery - Oriel Gelf Glynn Vivian

by M0B1US

This lovely building houses an impressive collection of traditional and modern art, including sculpture and installations including some works by world famous artists such as Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash and Augustus John.

The gallery is named after the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910) which also includes work by Old Masters including Claude Monet, Lucien Pissaro, and the Rouen school of Impressionists, as well as an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. It is housed in a beautiful classic Italian-style gallery building and modern wing.

The gallery also hosts ever changing exhibitions (check website) and when I was there they had an exhibition of works by Francis Bacon.

Oh and by the way - it's FREE!

Swansea Castle

by Myfanwe

The remains of Swansea Castle can be found right in the Centre of the City next to fancy restaurants & tall modern buildings. It's hard to imagine that in its heyday it held the strategic position high up on the cliff top guarding the River Crossing of the River Tawe.

The Castle was founded in 1106 by Henry de Beaumont and would probably have been a motte and bailey type. It was re-built after an attack by the Welsh in 1116 and a further attack in 1217 prompted another re-build, only the West side of the Curtain Wall and a mural tower of the earlier Castle remain today together with the Bailey which was latter built in stone in the 13th Century. Further building works in the 13th and 14th Century gave rise to many of the remains which can be seen today. During that period it was held by the De Braoses who preferred to live in Oystermouth Castle 2 miles down the road, this was then the building started to decline from neglect.

The Castle today contains many lovely arched windows and a fabulous arcaded parapet on the top of the walls. This is said to be the work of Henry De Gower bishop of St. Davids (1328-47) as there are similar features in in his palaces at Lamphey and St. Davids.

Only a few hours there

by christine.j

I had taken the bus down to Swansea from Brecon, through the beautiful Welsh countryside and when entering Swansea we could see the sea. It happened to be a sunny day and I was looking forward to a walk along the marina.
But my first stop was at the tourist information to find out where the Mannheim watertower is standing.

arriving in Swansea

by w.namaste

"first intro to Swansea"

Hey,
A few weeks ago i arrived in the citty. After setling start to explore the area. Must say we havent done a lot. The only place to vissit at the moment I fine is ROSSILI bay. It is about 40 min, drive from the city. Arriving there you can use the parking of the small churge you find at the right. Dont forget to donet some money in the moneybox at the right. A wonderful hike starts outside of this parkingspace immediatly to the left. It will take about 2 houres to come to the end of the hill and you can have a nice walk back accros the beach.

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