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SwanseaUnited Kingdom

The second largest cityin Wales, Swansea isknown for its vibrant energy and welcoming charm. With the university on itsdoorstep, the city has a large student population which means plenty of choicewhen it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife. And with the city currentlyenjoying something of a rebirth through an extensive bout of regeneration – nowboasting both a national museum and a new marina, as well as five Green FlagAward-winning parks – Swansea is fast becomingknown as “the Brighton of Wales”.

Shopping in SwanseaAs you might expect insuch a vibrant and busy city, there are plenty of shops to explore – over 230in fact! Perhaps more excitingly though, Swanseais also home to the largest indoor market in Wales– and one which dates back to the middle ages – where you will discover over100 stalls, offering a range of fresh locally made foods as well as traditionalgifts, jewellery and much more. And it’s here, at SwanseaMarket, that you will discover the true beating heart of thecity and its wonderful sense of community.

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

Nature in SwanseaWith over 50 green spaces– five of them Green Flag Award-winning parks –Swansea is much more than just anothermetropolitan 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 stretchof beach at Swansea Bay.Swansea also serves as the perfect base camp forexploring the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding NaturalBeauty.

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

Enjoy SwanseaWith its lively nightlife and student scene, alongsideits strong sense of community and tradition, Swanseaoffers a wonderful blend of both the modern and the traditional, which, coupledwith its immediate access to some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes andcoastlines creates a unique and intoxicating blend of city excitement andnature’s soothing calm.

Where to stay in Swansea

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Castle

4/5Very Good!(231 area reviews)

Castle is known for its lively bars, and you can plan a trip to Swansea Beach and Swansea Market while you're in town.

Castle
St. Thomas, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

St. Thomas

4/5Very Good!(88 area reviews)

St. Thomas is well liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Castle if you have time to explore the area.

St. Thomas
Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

Unique features of Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Rhossili Beach or Llangennith Beach while you're exploring the area.

Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton
Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Llansamlet

3.5/5Good!(22 area reviews)

Llansamlet is well liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like Swansea Beach and Singleton Park if you have time to explore the area.

Llansamlet
Llanrhidian Higher, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Llanrhidian Higher

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

While Llanrhidian Higher isn't home to many top sights, Parc y Scarlets and Three Cliffs Bay Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

Llanrhidian Higher
Bon-y-maen, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Bon-y-maen

3.5/5Good!(6 area reviews)

Bon-y-maen is well liked for its historical sites. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Swansea area, you might plan a trip to Liberty Stadium or Plantasia.

Bon-y-maen

Top hotels in Swansea

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Dragon Hotel
The Dragon Hotel
4 out of 5
The Kingsway, Swansea, Wales
The price is £55 per night

Located in Castle, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Swansea Castle and Swansea Market. LC Swansea and National Waterfront Museum are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (903 reviews)

"Perfect place for Swansea city centre. Seagulls noisy in the morning so be a good idea to have ear plugs."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

The Dragon Hotel
King Arthur Hotel
King Arthur Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £90 per night

Situated in Swansea, this inn is within 6 miles (10 km) of Oxwich Bay Beach, Rhossili Beach and Nicholaston Beach. Oxwich Castle and Three Cliffs Bay Beach are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay , staff so helpful and food was beautiful, room lovely and clean"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

King Arthur Hotel
Mercure Swansea Hotel
Mercure Swansea Hotel
4 out of 5
Phoenix Way, Swansea, Wales
The price is £53 per night

Located in Llansamlet, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Liberty Stadium and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from St. Joseph's Cathedral. Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (502 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Quiet and spacious room. Clean with free car park"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Mercure Swansea Hotel

Popular places to visit in Swansea

Singleton Park
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Singleton Park

4/5(43 reviews)

Once a private estate, today this urban park is a place to enjoy botanical gardens, miniature golf and live music performances.

Swansea Beach
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Swansea Beach

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Swansea Beach, the waterfront beach for the city of Swansea, stretches for five miles between the Maritime Quarter and the ‘Knab Rock’ near Mumbles in Wales. Popular since Victorian times, the beach throngs with sun-lovers during the summer months who come for the dunes, golden sands and fine swimming. It’s recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its water and the cleanliness of the sand.

Rhossili Beach
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Rhossili Beach

5/5(84 reviews)

Often named as one of the best beaches in the UK and even the world, Rhossili Beach in the Gower Peninsula is unsurprisingly a popular attraction. It has also been called the “supermodel of British beaches” by The Independent because of its good looks, as well as the UK’s most dog-friendly beach by The Times.

Oxwich Bay Beach
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Oxwich Bay Beach

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Stroll along one of Britain’s most picturesque beaches and follow the trails into the nature reserve for its diverse landscape.

Caswell Bay Beach
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Caswell Bay Beach

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Surf on the choppy waters of this scenic bay and trek along the nature paths for gorgeous views of cliffs and headlands.

Three Cliffs Bay Beach
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Three Cliffs Bay Beach

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Three Cliffs Bay Beach during your travels in Swansea? Stroll along the marina in this quaint area or visit its lively bars.

Top things to do in Swansea

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Swansea
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Swansea

£10
Per adult
Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley
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Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley

£58
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path
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Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path

£55
Per adult
Hike up the Brecon Beacons highest mountain, Pen-y-fan
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Hike up the Brecon Beacons highest mountain, Pen-y-fan

£55
Per adult
A Child's Christmas in Wales Themed Afternoon Tea
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A Child's Christmas in Wales Themed Afternoon Tea

£24
Per adult
Private Half-Day Mountain Hike to Druids Circle from Conwy
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Private Half-Day Mountain Hike to Druids Circle from Conwy

£41
Per adult

Reviews of Swansea

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 34.5514950166113%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.179401993355484%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 16.611295681063122%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.6611295681063123%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9966777408637874%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 May 2020

Didn't visit Swansea at all. Met family and stayed at The King Arthur

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

It looks like it is being updated but at the moment it all looks very tired

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Swansea is having a face lift at the time we were there and it is looking good. So easy to get around.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

It looks tired and I prefer the shopping in Cardiff. Mumbles was lovely and we would highly recommmend a small restaurant called Mor. If you have a car some lovely coastal areas around Swansea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Love Swansea. Vibrant and entertaining with wonderful warm people. Great for the rugby

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb 2020

Banging

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