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Swansea City Guide

The second largest city in Wales, Swansea is known for its vibrant energy and welcoming charm. With the university on its doorstep, the city has a large student population which means plenty of choice when it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife. And with the city currently enjoying something of a rebirth through an extensive bout of regeneration – now boasting both a national museum and a new marina, as well as five Green Flag Award-winning parks – Swansea is fast becoming known as “the Brighton of Wales”.

Shopping in Swansea

As you might expect in such a vibrant and busy city, there are plenty of shops to explore – over 230 in fact! Perhaps more excitingly though, Swansea is also home to the largest indoor market in Wales – and one which dates back to the middle ages – where you will discover over 100 stalls, offering a range of fresh locally made foods as well as traditional gifts, jewellery and much more. And it’s here, at Swansea Market, that you will discover the true beating heart of the city and its wonderful sense of community.

Culture in Swansea

Swansea is more than just the city that gave world culture Catherine Zeta-Jones (who continues to maintain a home in the Mumbles area of the city). Swansea is also the birthplace of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who affectionately described it as an “ugly lovely town”, and whose work is vividly brought to life at the newly refurbished Dyan Thomas Centre. The fascinating Swansea Museum meanwhile – the oldest museum in Wales – was also described by Thomas as “a museum that belongs in a museum”, whilst the National Waterfront Museum employs the latest interactive technology to tell the story of Welsh innovation and industry.

Nature in Swansea

With over 50 green spaces – five of them Green Flag Award-winning parks – Swansea is much more than just another metropolitan city – it truly does integrate the countryside into its landscape. And, located as it is on the South West coast of Wales, Swansea boasts the dramatic, sandy 5-mile stretch of beach at Swansea Bay. Swansea also serves as the perfect base camp for exploring the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sport in Swansea

Swansea is also home to The LC – a waterpark and leisure complex that is the very best that Wales has to offer. Featuring the largest waterpark in Wales, as well as the country’s largest gym, the centre also offers a 30ft climbing wall, 4-storey play area, and an indoor surf simulator. Swansea is also home to the 20,000 capacity Liberty Stadium, which frequently plays host to both premiership and international football matches.

Enjoy Swansea

With its lively nightlife and student scene, alongside its strong sense of community and tradition, Swansea offers a wonderful blend of both the modern and the traditional, which, coupled with its immediate access to some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes and coastlines creates a unique and intoxicating blend of city excitement and nature’s soothing calm.


Guide to Exploring Swansea


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The Dragon Hotel

The Dragon Hotel

The Kingsway, Swansea
3.9
of 5, from 123 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Castle, 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.

£54
Village Hotel Swansea

Village Hotel Swansea

Langdon Road, Swansea
4.0
of 5, from 156 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Port Tennant, 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.

The Windsor Lodge Hotel

The Windsor Lodge Hotel

Mount Pleasant, Swansea
3.1
of 5, from 58 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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

£56
Swansea Marriott Hotel

Swansea Marriott Hotel

Maritime Quarter, Swansea
4.0
of 5, from 149 reviews
4.0 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 mi (3 km).

£29
ibis Swansea

ibis Swansea

A483 Fabian Way, Swansea
3.8
of 5, from 126 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Port Tennant, 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 mi (3 km).

£46
Mercure Swansea Hotel

Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea
3.7
of 5, from 72 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Llansamlet, 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).

£46
The Grand Hotel Swansea

The Grand Hotel Swansea

Ivey Place High Street, Swansea
4.0
of 5, from 40 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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

£64
Morgans Hotel

Morgans Hotel

Somerset Place, Swansea
4.4
of 5, from 57 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Castle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dylan Thomas Centre, National Waterfront Museum, and LC Swansea. Grand Theatre and Swansea Guildhall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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