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The Dragon Hotel
The Dragon Hotel

The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5LS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (303 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swansea, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swansea Castle and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea …

£49
Village Hotel Swansea
Village Hotel Swansea

Langdon Road, Swansea SA1 8QY

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (512 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Environment Centre and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swanse …

£53
Mercure Swansea Hotel
Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea SA7 9EG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (188 reviews)

Situated in Swansea, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Celtic Trail and Grosnez Castle. Liberty Stadium and St. Joseph's …

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Morgans Hotel
Morgans Hotel

Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is steps from The Environment Centre and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach and …

£65
ibis Swansea
ibis Swansea

A483 Fabian Way, Swansea SA1 8LD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (373 reviews)

Situated in Swansea, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Environment Centre and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach is 2.6 …

£29
The Fairways Hotel
The Fairways Hotel

The Seafront, West Drive, Porthcawl CF36 3LS

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Lakeside Golf Club, and …

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The Grand Hotel Swansea
The Grand Hotel Swansea

Ivey Place High Street, Swansea SA1 1NX

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (139 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Dylan Thomas Centre. …

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The Dolphin SA1 Hotel
The Dolphin SA1 Hotel

Whitehalls, Swansea SA1 3AB

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach …

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Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel
Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel

Princess Margaret Way, Port Talbot SA12 6QP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (59 reviews)

Located in the heart of Port Talbot, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aberavon Beach and Surf School Wales. G …

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Somerfield Lodge
Somerfield Lodge

118-120 Owls Lodge Lane, Swansea SA3 5DP

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Swansea, this golf bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Clyne Gardens and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oystermouth …

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Pocket Guide: Swansea Plantasia Hotels

You probably wouldn’t expect to encounter tarantulas, macaws and endangered tamarin monkeys in a Swansea retail park, but visit the spectacular Plantasia, a public hothouse in Parc Tawe close to the city centre, and you’ll find these and much more besides. Easy to locate, as it’s housed in a unique glass pyramid, Plantasia has for a quarter of a century performed the vital function of raising awareness among locals and visitors about the level of rainforest destruction around the world, and the dangers of the consequent biodiversity loss.

Divided into two climate zones, tropical and arid, Plantasia is home to many rare animals, from the cute and cuddly - chameleons, the aforementioned tamarins, and bearded dragons, to the slightly less so - Burmese pythons, piranhas and all manner of creepy-crawlies, making this a superb visit for school groups and holidaymakers looking for an all-weather attraction that is both fun and educational. A tribal hut has also been constructed using traditional methods, which showcases authentic artefacts from the civilizations that live in rainforests, such as hammocks and tools. And, if the heat gets too much for you, there is a cafe selling drinks and snacks.

Everyone loves to see the animals, but as you might expect from the name, it is plant life that takes centre stage here at Plantasia. A dizzying array, from the edible - banana, papaya, grapefruit, coffee and cocoa - to the medicinal – aloe and tamarind - to the practical - papyrus, kapok, giant bamboo, reminds us of how essential rainforests are to human progress and survival.

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