The Tourist Information in Mumbles is situated right in the heart of the town. It is located in a very attractive chapel building. It has a lovely coffee and gift shop on the first floor together with the usual tourist leaflets. Whilst it is business as usual for the Chapel on the first floor.
Langland Bay is an extremely popular beach destination which is situated on the Gower Peninsular, close to the town of Mumbles. Here you'll find rows of lovely painted beach huts overlooking which sit alongside the vast sandy beach, overlooking the clear blue waters.
The Bay is surrounded by some great cliffs and wooded areas which allow (for those ramblers amongst us) access via a footpath to the neighbouring beaches of the gower - Caswell Bay is about 3 miles away.
Overlooking the Bay on the hillside are some very affluent dwellings indeed, one can't help imagining waking up to such beautiful views every day.... aaaah - back to the real World!!
Caswell Bay is situated on the Gower Peninsuar about a 15 minute drive away from Mumbles. It is a popular destination for surfing but is better known as a great place to spend the day on the beach. On a a sunny day, people flock here in their droves to take advantage of the vast expanse of golden sands and the clear blue waters. The bay is surrounded by rugged clifftops and woodland. There is a great coastal paths linking Caswell with it's neighbour Langland Bay from which you can get some splendid views of the coastline.
Mumbles has a really nice Victorian Pier or at least it did have and would have again it they spent some money on restoration, Most of it is ok, a little slippy in the rain maybe and some of those boards do bend a bit when you walk on them, but i suppose they do on most piers. A few tins of paint would certainly make it look smarter (at least near to the shore) but what really lets it down is at the end one side is fenced off were all the boards are rotton and broken and seems to have been like that for quite some time. It does not make the pier unsafe but it certainly gives you the impression that it isn't thus making you feel like your walking on a wreck. maybe it would be better it they fenced it off with solid panels so it was not as obvious.
If you can overlook that it really is a nice pier. It was built in 1898 and stretches out 225 meters into Mumbles Bay. The Concrete platform at the end is now used for fishing but it was once the docking point for the White Funnel Streamers to drop off hundreds of tourists who would then ride on what was the 1st passenger railway to swansea or just stroll on the pier and admire the great views with the Lighthouse on one side mumbles bay on the other and Port Talbot in front.
There is a working Lifeboat station over to one side of the pier and on the shore there is a nice Cafe, Amusement Arcade, Pub and a fishing tackle shop.
A fee of 50p per person is charged to walk on the pier and if you want to go fishing it's £3 per Rod. The Pier was Open 9am to 8pm (Febuary)
Sitting on a hill overlooking the lovely town of Mumbles and Swansea Bay is Oystermouth Castle. It was founded by the Norman Knight William de Londres (who also built Ogmore Castle) early in the 12th century and the castles Keep dates back to this time. During the 13th century the 'De Braoses' were the lords of Gower and towards the end of the 12th century Oystermouth became their main residence rather than Swansea Castle. The De Braoses rebuilt the the wooden parts of the castle in stone and it is mostly what remains.
In 1992 it was described as 'being well-preserved' but it has now fell into some disrepair and has been fenced off and closed for public safty although the 'friends of Oystermouth Castle' and CADW are soon to start on extensive restoration work and so hopefully it will be open again soon. Untill then it is certainly worth a look even if only from the outside.
There has been provisions for a lifeboat presence in the Mumbles since 1853. At that time it was controlled and funded by Swansea Harbour Trustees. It was taken over and funded by the Institution in 1863. Lifeboats have always been stationed at Mumbles but the station was known as Swansea until 1904. The branch continued to be called Swansea, Mumbles and Port Eynon until 1910.
After the First World War, a boathouse with slipway was erected alongside Mumbles pier to make the launching of the lifeboat a more simple process. For 4 years 1814 – 1818 the wooden slipway (which is used today) had no boathouse, merely the lifeboat retained at the top of the slip ready for launch.
Since then, donations to the RNLI have enabled the construction of a new boathouse and slipway and provisions to receive a Tamar Class Lifeboat in 2011.
The Victorian Pier in Mumbles was built in 1898. It stretches 225 meters out into Mumbles Bay and offers great views over Swansea bay and beyond on a clear day.
For a charge of 50p you can go for a stroll along the pier and admire the views of Mumbles lighthouse or for a small fee you can buy a fishing permit and have a little fish off the end of the Pier.
We visited the pier after a rain shower and some of the wooden decking was a little slippery and felt a bit unsafe so beware!!
Oystermouth Castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the Mumbles. It was founded in the 12th Century by William De Londres of Ogmore Castle. The remains of the building are impressive enough not to mention the views from the hilltop position, there are a few benches and telescope for you to sit and admire the stunning views across Swansea Bay right down to the Mumbles lighthouse. Surrounding the Castle are acres of parkland with lovely footpaths which are popular with dog walkers and walkers alike. The Castle itself was not open during my visit but you can ring the Friends of Oystermouth Castle on 01792 428722 if you want to go inside.
Entrance to the Castle Grounds is free.
There are some free short stay car parking spaces on side street leading to the Castle entrance.
Mumbles has a fantastic promenade which spans the whole length of Swansea bay, hugging the coastline as it goes; offering splendid views of the bay on one side and lovely green parks and gardens on the other. In 1807 the first ever passenger train in the World ran along the route of the path, carrying passengers from Mumbles head to Swansea Centre. Nowadays it's a popular pastime, you can ride the whole length of the path from the Centre of Swansea right down to Mumbles pier or just a section of the path for a little stroll. It is a wonderful wide path which is divided into pedestrians on one side and cyclists on the other and best of all it's nice and flat.
Blackpill Lido is an excellent place to visit if you have little ones to occupy. There is a fabulous open air paddling pool, a well equipped park and also a sandy part of the beach for children to play on.
Blackpill is also a popular location for Birdwatchers, there is a wildlife centre situated near the pool which gives information about the various species of birds that are found in the mudflats of Swansea bay.