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Swansea

Plan a leisurely vacation or a short trip away in Swansea to see all the great sights this place has to offer.

Travelers to this part of South Wales will be rubbing shoulders with around 170,000 residents.

It is about 35 miles west of the national capital of Cardiff. It's also approximately 6 miles southeast of Loughor.

Laugh, play and be amazed at Blackpill Lido and LC Swansea, two wonderful attractions for adults and kids alike.

At Plantasia, you'll be able to see a range of local and exotic plants, flowers and trees.

When the weather is fine, pack some lunch and find a shady nook at one of the pleasant urban parks, such as Singleton Park and Cwmdonkin Park. Clyne Gardens and Brynmill Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy day and catch up on some reading.

Be sure to set aside a day or two to check out the lovely stretches of coast, such as Swansea Beach and Rhossili Beach. Oxwich Bay Beach and Port Eynon Beach are also good options.

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head on over to Whiteford National Nature Reserve and Celtic Trail. RSPB Cwm Clydach Reserve and Penllergare Valley Woods are also popular with nature lovers.

Consider spending an afternoon at Swansea Observatory to learn all about scientific breakthroughs and natural history.

If you're hoping to see some art, swing by the Ceri Richards Gallery and take a look at their striking pieces.

Lose yourself among the interesting artifacts of the National Waterfront Museum or take a leisurely look at the exhibits at the Swansea Museum. Either are a great choice for the keen historian.

Take a step back in time with a trip to the Swansea University or Swansea Guildhall, just two of the preserved historic sites here. More tales from the days of yore are waiting for you at Dylan Thomas Birth Place and the 1940s Swansea Bay.

You might not see any knights in shining armor, but you may discover a dungeon or two at Oystermouth Castle or Oxwich Castle. Swansea Castle and Grosnez Castle are two more formidable historical monuments.

Spirituality has long played a role in the day-to-day life of Swansea's population. This religious history can be glimpsed at St. Joseph's Cathedral and St. Mary's.

Your vacation wouldn't be complete without a visit to Mumbles Pier, one of the area's most photographed landmarks.

The silhouette and gorgeous setting of Mumbles Lighthouse offer plenty of opportunities for budding photographers, especially when the sun hits the horizon line.

If you are looking to indulge in some retail therapy, arrange a trip to a couple of the shopping centers and pick up a bargain. A few of the best places are Quadrant Shopping Centre, National Trust Rhossili Shop & Visitor Centre and Swansea Market.

The Grand Theatre is one of the most popular places to enjoy live shows. Make a night of it and have a few drinks with friends at one of the nearby restaurants.

This region's most famous sights sometimes overshadow its less visited, but equally rewarding attractions. Fall Bay and Gower Surfing School could be up your alley. If you have more time to spare, also check out the Environment Centre and Swansea Marina.


Guide to Exploring Swansea


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Mercure Swansea Hotel

Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea
3.8
of 5, from 242 reviews
3.5 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. Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£38
Village Hotel Swansea

Village Hotel Swansea

Langdon Road, Swansea
4.1
of 5, from 613 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Waterfront Museum and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

£56
Swansea Marriott Hotel

Swansea Marriott Hotel

Maritime Quarter, Swansea
4.0
of 5, from 468 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quadrant Shopping Centre and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach and Swansea University are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£45
White House Hotel

White House Hotel

4 Nyanza Terrace, Swansea
4.4
of 5, from 189 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Uplands, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea Beach and Swansea University. Dylan Thomas Centre is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

£23
ibis Swansea

ibis Swansea

A483 Fabian Way, Swansea
3.8
of 5, from 465 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Swansea, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dylan Thomas Centre and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Swansea Beach. Plantasia and BT Tower are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£67
The Gower Hotel

The Gower Hotel

11 Church Lane, Swansea
4.4
of 5, from 84 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bishopston, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Oystermouth Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Swansea University and Swansea Beach. Dylan Thomas Centre and Caswell Bay Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£49
The Dragon Hotel

The Dragon Hotel

The Kingsway, Swansea
3.9
of 5, from 392 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Swansea, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swansea Castle, Swansea Market and LC Swansea. National Waterfront Museum is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

£46
The Grand Hotel Swansea

The Grand Hotel Swansea

Ivey Place High Street, Swansea
3.9
of 5, from 167 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Swansea, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Swansea Castle and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea Beach and Swansea University are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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