Leonardos Guest House

380 Oystermouth Rd, Swansea, Southern Wales, SA1 3UL, United Kingdom
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moving to Swansea

by Wloczykij

I'm moving to your lovely ugly city in two weeks. Do you have any advice what to expect, where to go, what to take? I have many questions e.g. where should I go to set up internet access. what should I know about buses etc.

regards and thanx in advance for replies

Re: moving to Swansea

by Tdiver

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Re: moving to Swansea

by Wloczykij

thank you very much. your page about Turkey is great
best wishes,

Re: moving to Swansea

by dave.richards

Ugly city? lol..... a touch of humour I think? You will find that the people of Swansea are very friendly. It is not a big city so most that you will need (shops, bars, restaurants, clubs) are all within walking distance of each other.
Internet access will depend on the telephone connection at the place you are staying. The other alternative is to find an internet cafe, go to the library and use a computer there or look for a wi-fi hotspot.
Buses are frequent and all leave from the Quadrant Bus station in the heart of the city and travel to all parts of the UK.

Re: moving to Swansea

by aaaarrgh

She is being erudite and referring to Dylan Thomas's description of his home town, and 'ugly lovely' town ;)

Re: moving to Swansea

by dave.richards

Replying with erudition,it was also part of a quote from the film Twin Town, so I hope that she was quoting Thomas and not Greyo.

Re: moving to Swansea

by Wloczykij

Actually it seems that ugly and lovely together are the most common adjectives used to describe Swansea- at least on the internet:)
But I hope it's gonna be more lovely than ugly for me. Poets may have their own world and vision but I just want to live simple, lovely life;) I'm coming in 12 days:)
thanx for replies and let me know if you have any more advice/ hints.

Re: moving to Swansea

by dave.richards

Enjoy your stay in Swansea. I lived there for several years and my son and his family still live there.
PS - Dylan Thomas was an alcoholic, so his interpretation of Swansea was clouded by alcohol fumes most of the time. I remember my grandfather telling me how he and his friends used to help Dylan out of the local pub and onto his horse and trap after a heavy night drinking. The horse knew his own way home. Why cannot cars do the same!? haha

Re: moving to Swansea

by hamisatypeofcheese

sometimes they do..... normally they hit the back of another car though

Re: moving to Swansea

by dave.richards

Lol ! True. Very true.

Travel Tips for Swansea

Oxwich Castle

by Myfanwe

Oxwich Castle lies not far from Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular about 30-40 minutes West of the City of Swansea.

The 'Castle' is an impressive Tudor Manor House built by Sir Rice Mansel in the 16th Century - the Mansel Coat of Arms can be seen above the gateway. After the death of Rice Mansel the Manor House was passed onto his son, Edward Mansel who added further building works to enhance the Manor. The buildings sadly fell into disrepair after the Mansels moved out in 1630's and the South Range was used as a farmhouse. Today, the Castle in in the care of CADW who look after Welsh Historic Monuments.

The Castle is closed during the winter period (between the beginning of October to the end of March).

The entrance fee is £2.60 per adult with concessions available.

A surprise in the city center

by christine.j

I was walking from the marina to the train station, through lots of busy streets full of shoppers, had to find my way around construction sites - in one word: I was walking through a hectic, modern city. All of a sudden I stood in front of the remains of Swansea castle. It's right in the middle of the city, surrounded by highrises, a very surprising sight. It makes a very interesting contrast.

Coastal path from Swansea to the Mumbles

by aaaarrgh

‘MUMBLES, a rather nice village, despite its name,
right on the edge of the sea’
said Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.

Apparently, the name 'Mumbles' come from the French word for 'Breasts'!!

There is a nice path for pedestrians and cyclists from Swansea to the Mumbles along the sea-front.

At one end is Swansea Marina, with Museums, boats and restaurants. The Mumbles is 3½ miles southwest. You pass Swansea University and eventually reach Mumbles, with its pubs, ice cream parlour and Langland Bay.

The beach in Swansea Bay is very shallow and when the tide is out you can hardly see the sea!

This route is a great bicyle ride, very flat. You can also drive your car, or catch a bus along the main road.

where webbed feet would be an advantage

by awladhassan


We visited Swansea a lot in 2004-5 because one of us was living here. Unfortunately whenever we came , it rained so photo opportunities were few.
The beach area made a nice trip, and we spent a lot of time at the shopping complex when stocking up at Morrisons.
The centre of town is nice, but not when children are with you as there is a fairground roundabout which inevitably meant demands for a ride, and another, and another....and then the inevitable screams...


Bridgend is mid-way between Swansea and Cardiff. It is not a large town and its main attraction is the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet where real bargains can be had, often 50% of the high street price.


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