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Swansea

Travel Guide
Swansea featuring a sunset, sailing and general coastal views

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 SwanseaAs 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, Swanseais 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 SwanseaSwanseais 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 SwanseaWith 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 SwanseaSwanseais 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 SwanseaWith its lively nightlife and student scene, alongside its strong sense of community and tradition, Swanseaoffers 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.

Where to stay in Swansea

The Dragon Hotel
The Dragon Hotel
4 out of 5
The Kingsway, Swansea, Wales
The price is £63 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Castle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Swansea Castle and Swansea Market. LC Swansea and National Waterfront Museum are also within 10 minutes. ...
3.9/5Good! (973 reviews)
"Great place for a City center break, witg everything you need in walking distance. The rooms we've had the last few times are tired and could do witg bringing up to modern expectations and standards."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

The Dragon Hotel
Village Hotel Swansea
Village Hotel Swansea
3.5 out of 5
The price is £86 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
Located in St. Thomas, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Beach. Swansea University is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Swansea ...
4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
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Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Village Hotel Swansea
The Dolphin SA1 Hotel
The Dolphin SA1 Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £79 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Located in Castle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Swansea Market and Swansea Beach. Swansea University and Singleton Park are also within 3 miles (5 ...
3.6/5Good! (194 reviews)
Great value room in the centre of town
"Super helpful staff and spotless facilities, excellent value....highly recommended"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

The Dolphin SA1 Hotel
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Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
5 out of 5
Located in Castle, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre, just steps away from Swansea Bay and Swansea Beach. Swansea University and Singleton ...
Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
Old Dairy
Old Dairy
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Swansea, this cottage is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Port Eynon Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Oxwich Bay Beach. Slade Bay and Oxwich Castle are also within ...
Old Dairy
Liberty Spacious Swansea
Liberty Spacious Swansea
4 out of 5
Located in Landore, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Joseph's Cathedral, Liberty Stadium and BT Tower. Plantasia and Swansea Castle are also ...
Liberty Spacious Swansea
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