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    Take a trip to Weobly Castle

    by uglyscot Written Jul 7, 2013

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    This castle sits above a stretch of marshland and mudflats. There is a café, toilets, and seats to take in the surroundings.
    Tickets to visit the castle cost 2.40 per adult, 2.10 for students and pensioners. Children under 5 go free.
    There is still a fair bit of the castle that has escaped serious ruin, so that some of the rooms like the solar and hall can be distinguished..
    The views from the castle across the water are well worth the visit.
    Note- take care if visiting the dungeon. The first few steps are very shallow, but the final step is surprisingly step. My daughter had a shock when she reached the ground and hurt her ankle quite badly. There are signs indicating stairs, but no warning to prevented an accident here.

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    Mumbles

    by uglyscot Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Mumbles is more geared up for beach lovers than the other end of Swansea beach. The promenade is more developed, offers more attractions and is more easily accessible.

    Beaches are beaches where ever you are, and people gather on them to bask in the sun , venture into the water, or seek places to spend their money, so Mumbles is typical seaside venue..

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    Oriel Richards gallery

    by halikowski Written Jan 20, 2013
    Robert Newell, Forms of Endurance and Resistance

    Exhibition currently on at Oriel Richards gallery until mid-February.
    The artist likes rocks, and clouds and natural forms, but don;t ask him to rationalise it... he will speak for hours about Pierre Bourdieu and other pretentious, French philosophical nonsense!

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    A friendly pub before the match

    by Benson35 Written Mar 11, 2012

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    The Coopers Arms

    A steward tole us about this pub. He said it was a mixed pub (which means home and away supporters can drink there).
    It's about a 10 minute walk from the away end of Liberty Stadium.
    It's small inside but there is plenty of room outside to stand.
    The prices are average and if you intend to take your drink outside, you'll be given your drink in a plastic glass.
    There was no trouble whatsoever.
    There is a covered smoking area outside and on this match day, there was a police presence. You could stand and chat to the police - a friendly bunch!

    Also for your information, there is an off licence a little bit further up the road on the opposite side to the pub. Many people were buying cans of beer and drinking on the street near and around the pub. This was perfectly acceptable.

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    See the Brecon Beacons

    by awladhassan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Brecon Beacons are an area of particular beauty. The mountains drop into valleys, and themselves are cut by waterfalls. Trees and fields cover the area in shades of green,
    The mountains are sometimes swathed in mist, adding to the atmosphere.
    The Brecon Mountain Railway is one of the most popular steam railways. Trains run from Easter to the end of October [ except some Mondays and Fridays]. Return fares are 8.50 GBP for adults, and children under 15 cost 4.25GBP.
    The area has walks, picnic areas and shops; and free parking.

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    Brand New National Waterfront Museum

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Swansea's new National Waterfront Museum is a combination of a massive industrial warehouse (built in 1901) and a £30 million extension, opened in October 2005.

    The new extension has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and looks stunning. It uses slate for its walls in three different colours - yes, slate comes in different hues!

    Swansea, like Cardiff, was once a thriving industrial port, a centre of world industry, exporting coal, copper, tin and other products by sea. The museum tells the story of Wales' role in industrial history. It replaces the 'Maritime and Industrial Museum' that was demolished in Cardiff to make way for the 'Cardiff Bay' development. So Wales now has a museum to be proud of again!

    The new Swansea museum is totally FREE to enter. Lots to see for adults and kids. Lots of the latest technology 'touch-screens' and interactive displays. Outside there are several ships moored in the harbour, particularly 'Lightship 19' which is open to the public. Just along Swansea Marina is a Bus & Tram Shed with old buses and trams (no surprise there then) on display.

    Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm

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    The Dan-Yr-Ogof showcaves

    by dragon_embers Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main cave

    There are 3 caves in total to explore. All are lit, footpathed and have tours.

    There is a farm (with a petting zoo), a dinosaur model park, a gift shop, a restuarant and much more!

    I have been and I loved this place since I was a kid.

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    Glyn Vivian Art Gallery

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Oriel Gelf Glyn Vivian, as it is called in Welsh, is always a must-do activity when I visit Swansea.

    Like all public galleries it is free to enter!

    The building is pleasant, airy, early C20th. It has a permanent collection of Welsh paintings, glass and ceramics.

    However, it never ceases to amaze me how good the visiting exhibitions are. They are always consistently good. Even the Summer open exhibition of local art was 95% excellent.

    Open 10-5, Tuesday to Sunday. 5 minutes walk from Swansea railway station.

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    Dylan Thomas Centre

    by Balam Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea (Situated within the Guild Hall) is certainly worth a quick look if you’re in town, There are various displays and some information about the welsh poet as well as the original doors to the Wooden garage in Laugharne that he used as a Writing shed. If you like you can also sit and listen to some of his poems.
    If this doesn't tempt you to visit then what is probably the best bit about the Dylan Thomas Centre is the lovely Cafe / Book shop where you can pick up some really good new books about everything from Dylan Thomas (of course) to Castles and Burial chambers. There are also shelves and shelves of second hand books.

    It is open 10am - 4.30pm every day.

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    Swansea Castle

    by Balam Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    Swansea castle was first mentioned in 1116 as having been attacked by the Welsh, at this time tha castle was made of wood but it was rebuilt again in the early 13th century after again being atacked and then demolished by the welsh. Nothing remains of this stone Building but some excavated foundations. In the late 13th c early 14th c the New castle was built within the grounds of the Old and it is to this castle that the remains you can see today remian. Sadly there is not a lot left but there is enough of it to make a nice feature in Swansea's city centre.

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    Gaze at the Stars

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    As you walk along Swansea sea front you will come across a very odd looking structure built literally on the beach. Is it a bird, is it a plane?? No... it's Swansea's very own Observatory - known as Marine towers. In fact is is the largest interstellar observatory in Wales, utilising the second largest Shafer-Maksutov telescope of its type in the world. Splendid stained glass feature at the head of the tower's spiral staircase with excellent views of the bay and promenade below, in addition to the skies above! Sadly this facility is due to close in October 2009 as Swansea Council have had to withdraw their financial support which has paid for the upkeep of the facility over the years. It will be interesting to see what happens to this lovely unusual building.

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    Cycle/Walk along the Coastal Path

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 25, 2009

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    There is a fabulous Coastal path which begins at the Maritime Quarter in Swansea City Centre and ends 2-3 miles down the coast at Mumbles. It is a lovely flat, wide path which runs alongside Swansea bay giving you spectacular views of the coastline along the way.

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    Walk along the Tawe Barrage

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 25, 2009

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    The Tawe Barrage was completed in 1992 creating a new marina at the mouth of the River Tawe offering further boating facilities here.

    The barrage structure includes a boat lock, spillway, fish pass and generator turbine. The turbine serves a dual use: acting as a power generator for the National Grid as well as being used to pump water back into the Tawe river system.

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    Visit the Dylan Thomas Exhibition

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    Dylan Thomas, the famous Welsh Poet and writer was born in Swansea in 1914. His best-known works include the "play for voices" Under Milk Wood and the celebrated villanelle for his dying father.

    The Dylan Thomas Exhibition centre is situated in the Maritime Quarter of Swansea in a grand building which used to be the Guildhall. It was opened in 1995 by Jimmy Carter the Ex US President who was one of the Worlds most famous Dylan Thomas enthusiast.

    The first room you go into has information about Dylan Thomas's life on exhibition stands and several areas where you can sit and listen to his poems underneath sound cones or through earphones. The second room contains artefacts like original scripts, letters, books and photographs. It is a great exhibition and a great way to spend an hour or two and best of all admission is FREE of charge.

    The Exhibition Centre also has a lovely little gift shop and a fantastic coffee shop which doubles up as a second hand book store - there are literally hundreds of books for sale on the bookshelves lining the walls here. The coffee shop sells hot and cold drinks and snacks although there is a restaurant on the first floor which sells value for money cooked meals.

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    Shop till you drop

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 25, 2009

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    Swansea has a great shopping centre with indoor shopping arcades, pedestrianised streets and the largest Indoor Market in Wales.

    The Quadrant Centre is the main indoor arcade which has all the usual high street shops, banks and cafe's. From the Quadrant is an entrance to The Indoor Market. This is a great place to shop, there are stalls selling pratically everything under the sun - Locally produced meats, fish, vegetables, Clothing, gifts, walking sticks - you name it they've got it. In the centre of the Market is a great stall selling Cockles and Lava bread from the Gower coast just down the road. The Lava bread here is said to be the best in Wales! There are a number of small cafe's in the market aswell... you'll probably need a sit down and a cuppa after shopping in Swansea!

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