Swansea Travel Guide

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Swansea Highlights

  • Pro
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     More Welsh than Cardiff. Close to beautiful scenery. Dylan Thomas heritage. 

  • Con
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     Can be rough and grotty in places. Luftwaffe bombed the nice bits. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Dylan Thomas loved it and so do I 

Swansea Things to Do

  • Take a trip to Weobly Castle

    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...

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  • Mumbles

    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...

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  • Oriel Richards gallery

    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

    The Coopers ArmsA 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...

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  • See the Brecon Beacons

    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...

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  • Brand New National Waterfront Museum

    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,...

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  • The Dan-Yr-Ogof showcaves

    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

    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...

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  • Dylan Thomas Centre

    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...

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Swansea Restaurants

  • local nightlife

    Curry clubs on Thursday evenings, £5.25 for curry and beer.It's quite lively if you go late, young people sizing each other up for fights, and having to be asked to leave. I sat next to teenage girls downing 'alco-pops'. Foul chemical stuff, but cheap, and guaranteed to send you into orbit. Tikka Masala

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  • A Sushi Lovers Dream

    Wasabi is one of Swansea's best kept secrets. Situated in student Ville (Swansea uplands) it's very accessible and surrounded by pubs and clubs, ideal for a drink before or after you visit. They specialise in Sushi and noodles but don't worry, if your not a raw fish fan they also serve some of the nicest teriyaki chicken, stir fried pork and cooked...

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  • Very Ordinary Italian Meal (3/2005)

    We recently had a very disappointing meal at the Bellitalia. We had booked several days in advance but were not told that the restaurant would be dominated by a "hen" party. The party was boisterous but not out of control (despite having drunk all of the house red), however conversation was very difficult. The starter salad came with some slices of...

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  • Simpy the best in Swansea!

    No.13 is the best restaurant in Swansea. It really is that simple. This independent British restaurant is a hidden gem amongst the plethora of Indian take-aways and fast food joints in Swansea town centre. Cooking fresh, prepared to order meals with real innovation and depth of flavour it is no wonder that the restaurant has been commended by the...

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  • Food to 2 Dai for and a view not to be...

    This is gem of a restaurant. High up on the cliff it looks out over Mumbles and Bracelet Bay. The view is stunning and it has the food to match. The seafood is excellent but so is the meat selection. The stuffed olives on the starter menu are fantastic but it will feed a party of four. excellent desserts and a superb wine list, make this restaurant...

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  • the most unique

    very nice place, the most original coffee shop in Swansea. great idea with jewellry and accesories gallery. The food really interesting- i had camembert with carmelized onion and mandarin salad. Great athmosphere, staff well behaved and helpful. Highly recommend. specials

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Swansea Nightlife

  • Wind Street - The place to be

    Wind Street is the Centre of the Nightclub scene in Swansea. It has Walkabout, Yates's and many more of the usual bars and clubs to complete a good night out. There is also a mix of traditional pubs in Swansea which look very inviting, day or night!

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  • swansea

    most of the bars/clubs/pubs in central swansea are grouped together in wind street (as in wind up, not as in a wind that blows in a storm) and the kingsway. So wherever you stay in swansea, you don't need to worry about the main nightlife, just ask for directions to those areas

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  • the mumbles mile

    Mumbles is just outside swansea, on the edge of the gower. The place is always packed on sunny summer days, and is great for families. However, by night it becomes a very popular nightspot, especially for hen and stag events. Unlike most of wales, the main road is on the level, so easier to walk when you've had a few! There is also one pub after...

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Swansea Transportation

  • The Heart of Wales Line

    Swansea is one of the final destinations of the Heart of Wales Line, a train going through the center of Wales from Swansea to Shrewsbury. I wrote about it on my Brecon Beacons page, so I just want to say here: If you have any chance to use this train, even for a short part only, do it. This train ride was one of the highlights of my trip to...

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  • travel to Swansea

    Trains to Swansea leave from Paddington Station in London.They are fairly regular and the journey takes about 3 hours.It is always wise to book a seat 24 hours in advance.Travel by road from London is on the M4, and again takes about 3 hours if the traffic is light.

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Swansea Shopping

  • A fantastic shop

    This gift shop has so much choice. I can always find something different. The sheep shop sells sheep. but so much more. A huge range of traditional toys,things I can remember from my childhood. It also sells beautiful jewellery,bags and a lot of unusual, design led gifts. It is the place to go in swansea if you want the perfect gift idea....

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  • lovespoons

    I can't remember its name but it was one of many craft and gift shops at the Mumbles end of the promenadeTo see examples of love spoons visit: http://lovespoons-wales.com Love spoons.The custom of carving and giving Lovespoons originated in Wales hundreds of years ago. Originally young men carved them and offered them to the girls they loved as...

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  • clothes

    when my family come to visit me from england, we nearly always go clothes shopping. they can't believe how cheap things are here. if you want more upmarket shopping, check out McArthur Glen, Bridgend, just by J36 of the M4. Things aren't always that cheap, but there are always some of the shops there doing amazing bargains. my sister buys chrystal...

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Swansea Warnings and Dangers

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    by halikowski Written Oct 23, 2013

    Swansea is the wettest city in the UK, which is already quite a wet place. Builders repairing roofs don't always tell you what they are up to, and I got a bit worried recently when I could see a gap in the tiles between two roofs. Normally they use lead flashing as in the photo below. I thought they had just forgotten about joining them... don;t worry, I found out that it's covered with a transparent bond!

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Swansea Off The Beaten Path

  • new Swansea Uni Fabian Way campus...

    All at a time of supposed austerity in a poor city. But the university does lack space in its Singleton campus.

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  • GO FOR A RIDE IN AFAN FORESTRY

    I came here on training for mountain leader training and was blown away by the scale and availability of the routes for both bikes and walkers.Well worth a visit, even though, was a little annoyed by the parking charge. South Wales' own Forest Park, set in 3250 hectares of spectacular conifer forest specially set aside by Forest Enterprise Wales....

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  • Crymlyn Burrows

    Off for a walk on Crymlyn Burrows, some impromptu artists have been at work.Swansea University wants to develop this site, though seems to have run out of money for the moment to pursue its dreams.

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Swansea Sports & Outdoors

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    by Benson35 Written Mar 11, 2012

    Manchester City away to Swansea City at their Liberty Stadium.
    Firstly, the better team won (unfortunatly, that wasn't us!). As a member of a City supports club, I travelled down to Wales via coach with 40 others from the club.
    The stadium looked great from the outside. The stewards and police controlled everything really well. The away concourse had one bar/food area and one male & one female set of toilets. Like any football match, everybody stood in the concourse were to be well aquainted with the people around them as it was packed.

    Out in the stadium, we had a fantastic view from behind the goal. I couldn't see an empty seat in the whole stadium and the atmosphere was brilliant! Through the match we stood and sat down. I was surprised at the leg room when sat down - my knees weren't nearly touching the person in front of me!!

    The away turnstiles were where the coaches parked so we were always segregated. This also ment that after the game we went straight out to the coach and we also had a police escort to the motorway. Brilliant organisation.

    Equipment: Transport, match ticket, your voice, your passion.

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Swansea Favorites

  • beautiful beaches, mountains and more

    Swansea is a fantastic holiday destination. There are miles of fantastic sandy beaches on swansea bay, most of it blue flag. move round a little onto the gower peninsular and you have cliffs and stunning coves. some involve a long walk, others you can park right by. Don't miss a drive/walk over the top of gower as well, the views are stunning....

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  • don't go

    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.

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  • Mengke's General Tip

    (Ooops-Swansea) I first drank Tequila in the Mumbles, in Swansea. After taking out a star map and checking out the sky, my cousin took me down the Mumbles, on the west of Swansea, a small penninsula, with pubs along the 'front?'. Then we raced, warmed by now, to catch a bus to the cinema. Needless to say I can't remember the film, but I think it...

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