Swansea is a lively waterfront city famous for the sweeping Swansea Bay and outdoor activities. The birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, the city has a notable collection of cultural centers, theaters and museums. Swansea is Wales’ second-largest city. Its southern location makes it a gateway to the country’s breathtaking national parks and coastlines.
A good place to start your visit is Castle Square, which marks the city center. Investigate the ruins of the 13th-century Swansea Castle and visit St. Mary’s Church to view its famous devil carving. Browse the stalls of Swansea Market for fresh produce, jewelry, leather goods and souvenirs. Watch live music and theater productions at Swansea Grand Theatre.
Stroll down Princess Way to the Maritime Quarter (Swansea Marina). Find museums and cultural centers, a waterfront promenade, bars and restaurants. Discover the industrial history of Wales via interactive exhibits at the National Waterfront Museum. Spot Egyptian mummies and dinosaur skeletons at the Swansea Museum. Go to the Dylan Thomas Centre to learn about the life of Swansea’s most famous son. Admire artwork inspired by Swansea’s coastline at the Mission Gallery.
Walk or bike along Swansea Prom, a 5-mile (8-kilometer) waterfront boulevard running around the stunning Swansea Bay. Pass beaches, gardens and lively seaside resorts such as The Mumbles. Enjoy uninterrupted bay views from Mumbles Pier. Admire the 12th-century Norman architecture of Oystermouth Castle.
Be sure to visit Singleton Park, an urban park containing the colorful Singleton Botanical Gardens, a boating lake, miniature golf and art galleries. The gardens are also the location for several city festivals such as Proms in the Park.
Swansea is less than a 1-hour drive from Wales’ capital, Cardiff, and well-connected by intercity trains and buses. Swansea is a great base for exploring the spectacular natural beauty of Wales. Visit the sweeping beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Gower Peninsula, including the award-winning Rhossili Bay. Alternatively, hike to waterfalls and mountain peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park.