Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay's a place of impressive contrasts: City and country; historic and contemporary; grand parkland and pounding surf.

Swansea, Wales' Waterfront City, has Viking roots and a long, eventful history. Home to innovative visitor attractions and renowned for its awesome nightlife, it's a vibrant cultural centre, and a regional shopping hub.

Just a stone's throw away, the charismatic seaside village of Mumbles offers galleries and boutiques, snug cafés and fine dining.

The Gower Peninsula extends west of Mumbles, in miles of unspoilt coastal panoramas, award-winning golden beaches, and lush, rolling countryside.

And on the eastern edge of Swansea Bay, there's the Waterfall Country of Afan and the Vale of Neath: a must-see for walkers and cyclists alike. These steep-sided, wooded valleys are home to world-class mountain-biking, stately country parks, and the UK's second-largest forest south of the Scottish border.

First Great Western operates regular, direct services to Swansea from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon and Bristol Parkway.

Swansea - Waterfront City

Swansea is Wales' second-largest city, and sits on the five-mile sweep of Swansea Bay. An ideal base for exploring south-west Wales, there's also much on offer for visitors in Swansea itself.

While Swansea has a long history, it has also evolved rapidly in recent years. The City Centre has extended seaward into the award-winning Marina and Maritime Quarter, where you'll find attractions including the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre and the LC leisure complex and waterpark.

In the heart of the City Centre, you'll find over 230 shops, including new openings H&M and Disney. Don't miss Swansea Market, the largest indoor market in Wales, where you can sample and buy local delicacies such as cockles, locally-caught fresh fish and locally-reared meat, laverbread, and of course our traditional welshcakes.

Swansea's well known for its vibrant nightlife, with a wide range of clubs, bars and restaurants to suit every age and taste. We have over 90 places to eat and drink, including family-friendly eateries, bistro restaurants and modern cafe-bars. The Wind Street area is a modern café quarter by day, and by night, is the liveliest street in the city! 

Mumbles

Also known as Oystermouth, Mumbles sits at the southern tip of Swansea Bay, around five miles in distance from central Swansea.  Sometimes referred to as 'the gateway to the Gower Peninsula', the tidal islets of Mumbles Head mark the start of Gower's southern coast.

Mumbles is known for its trendy boutiques, cozy cafés, great restaurants offering fresh local produce, and galleries showcasing local arts and crafts.

Gower Peninsula

The 19 mile-long Gower Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards.  It's famous for its beautiful coastline and award winning beaches (from vast Rhossili to tiny, secluded Pwll Du), and is a favourite destination for walkers and surfers.  Inland you'll find sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands; country pubs and fine food. 

For more information about Swansea Bay, see www.visitswanseabay.com

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