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Grand Theatre

Attend a dramatic performance in this historic 19th-century theater and enjoy the views from the rooftop bar of the Arts Wing.

The Grand Theatre is a majestic hub of performing arts in the heart of Swansea. It has a 1,014-seat auditorium alongside several smaller studios with more intimate settings. Enjoy a play, pantomime or other type of theatrical performance in this historic building.

Admire the grand design of the theater’s exterior, which has abundant glass. Note the stylish red lettering spelling out “Grand Theatre.” Inside, watch a play or musical from the red seats of the main auditorium.

Purchase a spot on one of the balconies for a great view. Have drinks and refreshments at one of the Footlights or Grand Circle bars. They open before the play and during its intermissions.

Peruse exhibits in the Arts Wing, which was added at the end of the 20th century. Works of art and props for musical and dramatic performances are displayed here. Attend one of the regular comedy club shows featuring well-known acts. Browse the artworks in the White Room and the other two halls. Tables on the terrace of the Rooftop Café and Bar offer views of the city.

The theater is the home of the Ballet Russe, a dance troupe that trained in Russia. Watch their productions of classics such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Several schools and theater companies hold classes and workshops at the theater.

Learn of the intriguing history of the site. It was designed by architect William Hope and first opened in 1897. Local opera singer Adelina Patti led the inaugural show. Hear about how the theater became a famous beacon of the performing arts in the 1930s before encountering difficulties and turning into a cinema. The city council launched a project in the 1980s to restore the theater to today’s pristine condition.

Purchase tickets from the box office, which is open from Monday to Saturday between morning and evening. Prices vary depending on the show.

The Grand Theatre is located next to the Quadrant Shopping Centre in the heart of Swansea. Nearby attractions include Swansea Mosque and Vetch Field. The River Tawe and Swansea Marina are about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east.


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Swansea Marriott Hotel

Swansea Marriott Hotel

Maritime Quarter, Swansea
4.0
of 5, from 470 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 mi (3 km).

$30
ibis Swansea

ibis Swansea

A483 Fabian Way, Swansea
3.8
of 5, from 466 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 mi (3 km).

$51
Village Hotel Swansea

Village Hotel Swansea

Langdon Road, Swansea
4.1
of 5, from 616 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.

$60
The Dragon Hotel

The Dragon Hotel

The Kingsway, Swansea
3.9
of 5, from 393 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.

$60
White House Hotel

White House Hotel

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

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

$51
Mercure Swansea Hotel

Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea
3.8
of 5, from 243 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).

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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 mi (5 km).

$100
Morgans Hotel

Morgans Hotel

Somerset Place, Swansea
4.4
of 5, from 157 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Swansea, 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).