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Swansea Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 255 photos

Swansea is the second largest City in Wales next to Cardiff. It is situated alongside the coast about 20 Miles South West of Cardiff on the Mouth of the river Tawe. Swansea is a vibrant modern City with many things to do and see in the area. There is a fabulous shopping Centre with some lovely shopping arcades, also within the town you'll find the largest indoor market in Wales (apparently you can get the best tasting Lava bread here)!

Swansea has some lovely parks and gardens with Singleton Park being a stonesthrow away from the City Centre and Clyne Country park just a few minutes drive away.

The picturesque town of Mumbles is just around the corner with Oystermouth Castle and the famous collection of bars and restaurants which make up 'Mumbles mile'.

The Gower Peninsular is just a 30 Minute drive away from Swansea, the Gower was the first area in the United Kingdom to be granted 'Area of outstanding Beauty' (AONB) status. It is a fabulous area renowned for its' isolated beaches, rugged scenery, fabulous views and magical castles.

Swansea was granted City status in 1969 to mark Prince Charles's investiture as the Prince of Wales. The announcement was made by the prince on 3 July 1969, during a tour of Wales.

Much of the town was flattened by bombings during World War II but you can still see some remains of the Castle within the City Centre.

Maritime Quarter

In years gone by Swansea played a huge part in the export of Copper Industry earning its' nickname 'Copperopolis'. Nowadays, the revitalised dockland has been transformed into a peaceful waterside area known as the Maritime Quarter or SA1. Here you will find the Marina, Waterfront Museum, Art Galleries and of course Restaurants & Bars.

Sport in Swansea

Swansea is home to the National Swimming Pool and also has several cycle routes running through and around the centre - my favourite is the coastal path which runs the length of Swansea bay down to Mumbles.

  • Last visit to Swansea: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 22, 2009
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    Vicki, fabulous page about Swansea. It reminds me a lot on my few days in the city. At that time I used Swansea as a base to explore the Gower Peninsula with places like Oxwich Beach, Three Cliffs Bay, Rhossili Beach and Worms Head.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    Some nice places here to visit. Would love to see Swansea Castle and the Clylne gardens would be a must visit for me! Have just seen some beautiful Rhododendrons in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    so swansea is more than a football team then :O)

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Looks like a nice place, you would think there would be more swans though, i cant's see any on your pics.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    I worked in Swansea for a couple of years in the late '70s and never cease to be amazed by how much it has changed. It is good to have updates from Tips like yours !

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