Swansea

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Swansea featuring a sunset, general coastal views and sailing

This waterfront city is home to impressive cultural centers, urban parks and medieval landmarks. It’s also a gateway to the stunning natural beauty of South Wales.

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.

Where to stay in Swansea

Village Hotel Swansea
Village Hotel Swansea
3.5 out of 5
Langdon Road, Swansea, Wales, SA1 8QY
The price is $54 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Its okay but pub right by the reception was very noisy and people from outside allowed to come which make it not really good for families with kids! Overall it's okay for short brake!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Village Hotel Swansea
The Dragon Hotel
The Dragon Hotel
4 out of 5
The Kingsway, Swansea, Wales, SA1 5LS
The price is $59 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (914 reviews)
"Called before hand and checked electric cars charging points were working (and if I could reserve one). "Yes they're working but its first come first serve but there are three of them". I'd stayed there before and its in a good location and charged my car there before no problem so I then booked. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

The Dragon Hotel
Swansea Marriott Hotel
Swansea Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Wales, SA1 3SS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
"Excellent location, very friendly staff."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Swansea Marriott Hotel
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Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
4 out of 5
Plas Farm, Cilybebyll, Pontardawe, Swansea, Wales, SA8 3JQ
The price is $330 per night from May 21 to May 22
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly cottage in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Cwm Du Glen & Glanrhyd Plantation Local ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Fantastic, secluded and warm. 5 Stars
"Fantastic accommodation. Really simple transaction. Easy check in. Log fire was amazing. As was the hot tub. Will use again."

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2022

Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
Just Stay Wales - Meridian Quay Apartments
Just Stay Wales - Meridian Quay Apartments
4 out of 5
Apartment 52 Meridian Wharf, Trawler Road, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1LB
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Swansea Beach and National Waterfront ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Nice stay in a two bed apartment . Good facilities for cooking and nice comms from the Just Stay team. Car park is very difficult for estates or large SUVs ."

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2022

Just Stay Wales - Meridian Quay Apartments
Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
5 out of 5
123 Meridian Tower, Trawler Road, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1JW
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Swansea. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Popular attractions Swansea Beach and Quadrant Shopping Centre ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2022

Just Stay Wales – Meridian Quay Penthouses
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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