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Village Hotel Swansea
Village Hotel Swansea

Langdon Road, Swansea SA1 8QY

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£41
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ibis Swansea
ibis Swansea

A483 Fabian Way, Swansea SA1 8LD

3.0 out of 5.0

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
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Mercure Swansea Hotel
Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea SA7 9EG

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Swansea, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Liberty Stadium and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from St. Joseph's Cathedral. Dyla …

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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

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

£55
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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

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 …

£48
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Leonardo's Guest House
Leonardo's Guest House

380 Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3UL

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of St Helens Rugby and Cricket Ground and Swansea Beach. Dyla …

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The Gower Hotel
The Gower Hotel

11 Church Lane, Swansea SA3 3JT

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bishopston, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pennard Castle and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Oystermouth Castle. Caswell …

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The Windsor Lodge Hotel
The Windsor Lodge Hotel

Mount Pleasant, Swansea SA1 6EG

3.0 out of 5.0

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

£45
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Alexander Hotel
Alexander Hotel

3 Sketty Road, Swansea SA2 0EU

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Uplands, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cwmdonkin Park and Swansea University. Swansea Beach and Dylan …

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Norton House Hotel
Norton House Hotel

17 Norton Road, Swansea SA3 5TQ

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bracelet Bay and Oystermouth Castle. Swansea University is 2.6 m …

£59
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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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